Blow the Shophar! It’s a New Year!

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screenshot-2016-12-27-11-29-09Are you thinking about making any New Year’s resolutions? You know what folk wisdom says about that: “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other.” We all know that most of the leaves we turn over in January have already started to fall by the end of the month. Therefore, let’s turn to the Word of God for instruction. Let’s see what Scripture declares about the concept of New Year. Does God’s written revelation provide any basis for Christians to celebrate the arrival of a New Year? According to Leviticus 23:23–25 and Numbers 29:1–6, the Lord commanded Israel to observe the Feast of Trumpets—also known as the New Year.… Continue reading

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The Pastor is a Student

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When I graduated Seminary I did not leave a life of study. Every week I study so when I preach, I rightfully divide the Word and teach it correctly. Pastoral ministry — in fact the Christian life — requires I be a learner. Being a student benefits me personally and the church. The Lord calls believers to be life-time students. Some have said the pastor should be a scholar — I believe God agrees. Christ tells me I am a disciple, He commands me to be teachable, and exemplify both to the church. These three characteristics must be present in my life in order to honor Him as His child.… Continue reading

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