I’m sure for the TBN viewer and habitual fan, the word “blessing” floods the mind with great health, financial prosperity, exemplary status, and your best life now. But to Jesus’s disciples, “blessed” provides the hope of eternal bliss with our Lord. True blessing and happiness does not rest in earthly possessions, but in the eternal blessing of having the Creator of the world as our true Father. He adopts us into His family, we are literally sons of God — children of God. To cry “Abba Father” is a literal cry to our adopted Father.… Continue reading
First impressions are said to last a life time. For the Christian, this is not true. When I meet a young Christian, I know he will be different and more mature next year. God conforms people to be in his image (2 Corinthians 3:18). A 40 year old Christian will look more like Christ than a brand new (6 week old) Christian (time references the new birth, not natural here). This is a life-long process in one sense. The Lord teaches me something, shapes my thinking, changes my actions, and matures me to be more like Him (Hebrews 5:14). But even unbelievers mature.… Continue reading
For our regular readers, you probably noticed a break this week. In the life of pastoral ministry things get greatly crazy. I define crazy as great because busy serving family and church are a joy and privilege I greatly enjoy. To be physically worn out at night after spending time with the church and family is a great privilege . . . and I love going to bed exhausted, the sleep is superb!!
In the midst of this craziness, the church served me by sending me to a week long seminar on the Protestant Reformation at The Master’s Seminary taught by Dr.… Continue reading
Reading through your Bible has become a year-end advertisement, resolution, and chore list. I would like to encourage you not to not do it. This may seem like an odd request, but I want to drive past the activity and look at the heart. I don’t want you to grab a plan, make plans, and follow through with those plans so you can say you read through your Bible.
I would rather you simply say, “I’m committed to learning about my Lord and Savior, therefore I need to read my Bible because it is the source of light in this dark world.”
Whether or not you “play Santa” does not really bother me. In fact, I’m not even bothered if you do or don’t celebrate Christmas. Ultimately, we who love the Lord should make Christmas season a celebration of both advents above and beyond any other celebration. But if someone in my church really thinks Santa is God, perpetuates it as truth, and follows Santa, then my response would be the same as if I were talking to a Mormon — evangelism. Often the anti-Santa rhetoric bothers me personally, not because people do not play Santa, rather because most anti-Santa discussions over-simplify the issue.… Continue reading