Walk with the Lord and you will have opportunities to minister to people. There are times where this is easy, “Can you give me a ride to the airport? or “Can you pray for me?” Those are fairly easy to do. By easy, I mean, do not require me to break out of a comfort zone or do something unfamiliar. Yet, situations and serving opportunities will come up requiring me to get heavily involved. At some point, a friend struggles or needs more than just a ride. The Lord engages us to struggling people. A friend comes to you with a problem. Now what? How do you help the person?… Continue reading
Rest is a dirty word in our society these days. Self-care? Sure. Hobbies? Of course. Retreats? Why not. But rest? What are you, old or lazy? In the era of smart phones, instant messaging, and constant access the email the idea of “doing nothing” seems if not wrong, at least foreign.
But the thing is when you are resting, you are doing something. You are recovering and recharging and I think most importantly you are breaking routine. And you are doing something very biblical. Of course God rested on the 7th day (Gen 2:2), the Sabbath was commanded for Israel (Ex 20:8-11) and Jesus said the sabbath was decreed for the benefit of man (Mark 2:23-28).… Continue reading
“We speak often of the wonder of being married till one of us dies. It has not been trouble-free. So we imagine ourselves in our seventies or eighties – when divorce is not only sin, but socially silly – sitting across from each other, perhaps at Old Country Buffet, and smiling at each other’s wrinkled faces, and saying with the deepest gratitude for God’s grace: ‘We made it.’” (John Piper, This Momentary Marriage)
“We made it.” Three simple words that summarize the dream that one brother in Christ has for his marriage. I confess that I have a similar dream for my ministry as a pastor.… Continue reading
*Every year I like to run this article. There is massive confusion in this world regarding sex and I’m convinced we need to no longer hide from teaching it. In fact, I believe the churches’ silence regarding the topic has contributed to the confusion and inappropriate acts among believers. Most marriages experience conflict in one of three areas: communication, sex, and money. Each of these fruits grow from pride, but still speaking on the issue helps. Do not shrink from declaring the full counsel of God, sex is His creation, teach about it.*
Talking about sex among conservative Christians might appear to be edgy.… Continue reading
Scripture is to be a lamp to our feet and a guide to our path. And it is; however, only when rightly understood and applied can it be brought to bear in our lives. When scripture is misunderstood and misapplied it can be a dangerous thing. Remarkably, the best loved verses are often among the most misunderstood ones. Sometimes it is because those verses are taken out of context, other times we simply fail to rightly understand them because we have retained an archaic translation that meant something very different in the past than it does today, and often it is simply a matter of the human heart, when we want to read our desires rather than God’s in a text.… Continue reading