We have a few days before the day itself, “Thanksgiving Day.” And in keeping with our thanksgiving theme on PS23, I would like to provide 8 reasons I have to give thanks.
Sovereignty––This is one of the most uplifting truths, God’s sovereign rule. I am thankful that God is ruler and Maker of all. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. God is the one in whom everything that takes place is accomplished by the word of His power. He governs what happens in life. No one can rest as securely as believers, in knowing their God is the only eternal, immortal, invisible, and only wise God (1 Tim.
9 Marks of a Healthy Church is a great book focusing on the essentials of church and ministry. Dever’s work is a blessing to every local church because he distinguishes essentials in a church. Each mark is required for a church to exalt God. There is however, one essential “mark” deserving its own chapter. Due to blogging and creative license, the missing chapter can now be composed (without Dever’s permission). (In fact, his book needs no addition to be great, but we the church do need to understand this subject). What is the missing chapter? The Worship Service.
This chapter seeks to answer the question, “What does biblical corporate worship require?”… Continue reading
Earlier this Summer I had the opportunity to serve for two weeks at City Evangelical Church in Leeds, England. Among the many wonderful English traditions I partook in, was the magnificent experience of attending a rugby match between longtime rivals, the Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats. The atmosphere was so exciting and quickly made me a rugby enthusiast. Pressed shoulder to shoulder in a raucous crowd, people hopped up on adrenaline (and probably a few pints) stood for nearly three hours, enthusiastically supporting their hometown heroes. Yet there was a unique element to this exuberant crowd. In their excitement they did not cheer…they sang.… Continue reading
I think greeting cards are dumb. Ok, so not all greeting cards are dumb. I really like the ones that play music or tell a really cornball joke. But the reason I say they are dumb is because there is seemingly no thought behind them. The scene goes like this: a person knows a birthday is coming, so they rush to Wal-Mart or the Hallmark Store and search through dozen of pre-made greeting cards to find the one that best matches the person they are buying for. Once they find a card that works, they sign their name at the bottom, maybe stick $10 with it, and give it as a present.… Continue reading