The church was always a part of my life. For the most part, I enjoyed attending even though there were times when I struggled to get there for various reasons. God gave me a love for the church and no matter how I felt I knew it was important for me to be there. Today, as a husband and father nothing has changed. Attending a place of worship has always been an intricate part of our family’s life and continues to be an essential part of our fellowship together.
So it seems awfully strange to me when believers would just stay home for no apparent reason.… Continue reading
As a pastor of a local fellowship, I am realizing that as visitors are searching for a place of corporate “worship,” their priorities are not always biblical priorities. Some seek to find a place where they FIT IN, but for the wrong reasons.
There are some who will look for a place of worship because their children have specific needs, or they have specific desires for their children. The thinking in our times seems to focus on meeting personal needs more than doing what is best for others. Add to that the lack of biblical instruction at home and the situation becomes more complicated.… Continue reading
Competition is something that excites men and women. I can confidently speak for many men I know, including myself. That probably explains why I take time to keep up with sporting events. But have you noticed the sporting world is progressively spiraling downward at a rapid pace? You don’t just watch sports anymore; you must sift through the inappropriately dressed entertainers and the profane language, filter through the indecent commercials, the sexual suggestions, the slanderous remarks toward business competition, and embezzlement.
Magazines are sold from sports providers, and they have absolutely nothing to do with competition or sports for that matter.… Continue reading
The term “Great Commission” is not found in Matthew 28:16-20, but it underscores the importance of Christ’s command, and highlights an important calling for those who continue His ministry in earth.
But what exactly is this commission? Matthew’s commission focuses on discipleship. After Jesus dispatched His disciples, they made disciples by two primary activities: baptizing and teaching. The ministry of discipleship is at the heart of Matthew 28:19-20, meaning this person was a leaner of Christ, a student of their Savior. They came to saving faith and will now be identified with Him in baptism and taught how to keep His words.… Continue reading
At first glance, it appears as if the unrest in America continues to alter the spiritual landscape. Those who claim the problem is a gospel issue are labeled as gospel escapists (a title I gladly take for I am one of them. That is what Christ and Paul were––good company!). Those who take a position of pulpit advocates are labeled as too socially minded.
When we consider ways to work through this, there is immediate concern when believers call for a panel discussion and bring unbelievers in. To that end, we must ask about motive. Now how do we examine Bible narratives about Joseph and Daniel and how they interacted with worldly officials?… Continue reading