Paul declared, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel“(1 Corinthians 9: 16, KJV)! I love to preach the Gospel and to hear sound Gospel preaching. To me, the content of preaching is sharingContinue reading “Shaping the Sermon”
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Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)
Did you know that Israel was tempted in keeping up with the Joneses. They were still on the roller coaster of morality and obedience that we found in the book of Judges. Even Samuel, who was a great person, could not keep his children in the fear of the Lord. The people who had notContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)”
Scripture Reading Challenge (#23)
Transitions from one part of life to another is never easy. People are resistant to change and are quick to defend against change. Israel went through such a transition. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, an entire generation passed away. God raised up a new leader, Joshua, to take over where Moses leftContinue reading “Scripture Reading Challenge (#23)”
Studying Scripture and the role of the Holy Spirit
Check out yesterday’s blog post on the preacher’s library. The questions, “What is the place of Scripture in interpretation” and “What about the leading of the Holy Spirit leading the pastor” arise when talking about using preaching resources. To put it simply, the preacher must hold the Holy Spirit as the great teacher of theContinue reading “Studying Scripture and the role of the Holy Spirit”
A glorious and difficult task.
Our present society places before us the question, “why do we need ministers and preaching?” This leads to frustration among many but what really puts pressure on ministers is the very impossible task of preaching. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,Continue reading “A glorious and difficult task.”
Seven Sign in John: 6 – A Blind Man Healed
The sixth miracle seems similar to the previous healing miracle we saw in chapter 5 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man for 38 years. The movements of Jesus are the same: Jesus healed, disappears, and then reappears. John 9:1-7 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples askedContinue reading “Seven Sign in John: 6 – A Blind Man Healed”
Seven Miracles in John: 1 – Water into Wine
John, the beloved disciple, shared his purpose for writing his Gospel account. He wrote, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). His presentation of the life of Christ is focused on showing theContinue reading “Seven Miracles in John: 1 – Water into Wine”
Is Your Faith Growing Cold?
We are quickly entering into spring revival season. I am still a supporter of church revivals. There is nothing wrong with a congregation seeking to set out more time in their schedule for increased spiritual emphasis. We all need revival at times. Life has a way of wearing us down. It is easy to allow our faithContinue reading “Is Your Faith Growing Cold?”
The Prayer Meeting
How much time does your church spend in prayer together? Before the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, the apostles and many others spent the better portion of ten days in prayer (Acts 1:12-14). Sadly, few churches focus on corporate prayer. Sure, we have all sorts of prayer methods and calls to prayer, but we stillContinue reading “The Prayer Meeting”
Why Christian Baptist? Four Reasons.
Last year I wrote a couple of posts about the Christian Baptist Association (What is Christian Baptist? here & here). This is the association of churches that I have my ordination through and pastor. There was a time when I was a member of another group of Churches in the local area, but, the Lord ledContinue reading “Why Christian Baptist? Four Reasons.”