This week I am in Los Angeles, attending the Shepherd’s Conference through the generosity of others. This year the church I serve couldn’t afford to send me, but the Lord provided. And I’m glad he did, I really needed it this year. Two years after first writing this, It is just as true and maybe more valuable than ever. The Shepherd’s conference isn’t the only game around, there is the Shepherd’s 360 conference associated with Shepherds Theological Seminary, There is the Banner of Truth Minister’s Conference, For the Church as well as smaller regional conferences like the annual GAMA Equipping Conference.… Continue reading
Friendship is not a concept foreign to the Bible. Friendship is often used to illustrate something negative. Proverbs warns us about what bad friends may do. We see Job surrounded by bad friends. Many of the prophets lament their situations and express it using friendship terms.
There’s one use that, in my opinion, is especially heartwrenching.
49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
Jesus wasn’t betrayed by one of the Pharisees or some random Roman.… Continue reading