John Owen addresses the vanity of the mind. He posits the mind is the source of all vanity. Preaching through Ecclesiastes these days and preparing for a Trinity series in the summer, the Lord in his providence brought my two studies together with this gem from John Owen.
“It may not be amiss to stop a little and consider that practical exposition, which the whole world affords us, of this text concerning the vanity of the mind; for this is the source of all the vanity with which the world is filled. Almost all that we see or hear is vain.… Continue reading
For various legitimate reasons (weather, virus pandemics, etc.), a Sunday church gathering may cancel leaving the people of that congregation left without the encouragement, fellowship, and giftings of the local church that Sunday..
The key at these times is to not waste that Sunday. Rather, use it as you normal would to further your spiritual growth and be an encouragement to other believers. Be active that your spiritual life is being cared for.
To help in this, here are some suggestions on what to do when church is canceled:
- Do family devotion time with singing, prayer, and a Bible study.
- Listen to a past sermon from your pastor.
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Note – I originally wrote this last Monday, but due to technical problems, was unable to post until today. While as of now deaths linked to the Corona virus have climbed to 12 they are far outstripped by the increase in the death toll of the flu.
Unless you have been living
under a rock for the past few weeks you have heard about the Corona virus
(COVID-19) outbreak. And if you have watched the news at all you’ve been told
how serious it is, and that you should be very, very worried about it. (But
don’t panic!) To put it bluntly what is being
preached through nearly every media outlet is a profoundly unchristian
response to the Corona outbreak, we as believers must respond biblically.… Continue reading
One of the, if not strange, then unique things about ministry as the preaching pastor of a church is the perspective I get on the congregation. I’m not speaking metaphorically, I’m not talking about having a special insight, I mean actual perspective. I don’t sit looking at the back of the heads of my church family, I stand in the pulpit and look in their faces.
And I’ve seen some interesting things. I’ve seen a visitor’s face change the precise instant they were offended by the gospel. I’ve seen tears of conviction roll down the face of someone I think of as very godly and advanced in their sanctification.… Continue reading
I wanted to write and publish this a few weeks ago, but didn’t want it teaming with the other plethora of emotional reactions to current events. Stressful and high emotional events do not serve as the best time for research and cognitive change. A friend once said, “Don’t learn theology of trials during the trial, but before the trial.” The best time to learn combat tactics is during the preparation time, allowing practice to hone those skills, not introduce them. The amount of public accusations levied recently highlights the need for God fearers to act appropriately, being in line with God’s Word.… Continue reading