Suffering will come. This is a promise. “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Phil. 1:29). Just like God made us believe in Him, He also equally promised we would suffer for Him. Why do we have to suffer? The answer to this question is simple, “because God deemed it so.” Ask Job. God tests people. Suffering and trials reveal the real person. Suffering allows believers to better know the hope we have in us (Rom 5:1-5). Psalm 11 describes a situation where the wicked seek to destroy the righteous.… Continue reading
When I think about the marks of today’s contemporary evangelical church, the faithful integrity of its pastors is not one of them. By that, I’m not necessarily referring to men who fall morally, or who are disqualified because of an unrepentant sin (although this too is pandemic). What I’m referring to is a faithful integrity to model biblical manhood. That’s especially true when I think about other pastors my own age. Don’t get me wrong, I know MANY men in the ministry who do model biblical manhood and who express faithful integrity in their ministries, but they are the exception that prove the rule.… Continue reading
Whenever I am asked to be a part of a pastoral Q&A with kids or youth, there is one question that is bound to be asked: “what is your favorite Bible verse(s)?” My usual response: “all of them.”
Seriously though, there is a set of verses that when I first read them as a teenager, they jumped out at me and I have clung to them ever since. Today I would like to offer some encouragement by pointing out a why these verses are so special to me in my spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.… Continue reading
The greatest demonstration of the love of God is when He justly punished the wrath of all of His own upon His own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and made Him a “curse”. The best visible illustration of this gospel message is the marriage covenant. The Apostle Paul speaks of marriage as a “mystery” which refers to Christ and the Church (Eph 5:31-32). Christians must fight for, stand on, and speak up for biblical truth and for the God-designed plan for marriage which illustrates the gospel.
In my own ministry I am currently enjoying preaching expositionally through the Gospel of John. And though we as a church are only in chapter 4 of this beloved book, I realize that the time is coming when we will be addressing the work of Christ on the Cross. In light of that reality I have included in my 2015 reading list a newer book on the doctrine of the Atonement. By God’s grace however, I have also recently stumbled upon some old notes pertaining to a book I read during my time in seminary. Therefore, in the spirit of being the book-review guy for PS 23, I present to you the following review of Pierced for our Transgressions authored by the team of Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach.… Continue reading