A Spectator in Your Church

Are you a spectator in your own church? What I mean to ask is whether you watch what's going on or whether you participate. Perhaps you are like many believers, adopting the mistaken idea that church is a place to go on Sunday, when its convenient.…

A Short Thought on Mother's Day

The system of this world urges you to spend a lot of money and to buy a lot of things on Mother's Day, one day a year. But that's the kind of "honor" that a materialistic, idolatrous society and culture fabricates. Instead, the most honorable…

Good Works By Example

The Way Paul Ends His Letter to Titus Paul ends his letter to Titus by restating the theme of good works, which he repeatedly emphasizes throughout. The blunt reality of church ministry is that Christian disciples do not automatically volunteer…

Christian, Pay Your Taxes

Tax Day is no holiday. But Christians need to approach this day in a holy way nonetheless. To do this, we need to know what the Bible teaches about taxes. Now, the simple answer is to pay them. But let's take a closer look. The Ancient History…

Touching Jesus After the Resurrection

Did Jesus Contradict Himself? Does Jesus contradict himself following the resurrection? I ask this because he initially told Mary Magdalene not to touch him (John 20:17), but later seemed to permit Thomas to do so (John 20:27). This detail…

God Delights in Me

What do you enjoy? Do you have a list? Here's a list of some things that I enjoy: Spending time with family Watching my son play baseball Playing the piano Drinking Caribou Coffee Reading my Kindle Eating Krispy Kreme donuts …

Love is the Purpose of the Command

Identifying the Command Paul wrote two letters of training and encouragement to a younger church leader named Timothy. At the outset of his first letter, he explains that "the purpose of the command is love" (1 Timothy 1:5). But what command…

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

The Apostle John provides us with a captivating scene from the earthly ministry of Jesus - the case of the woman caught in adultery. By doing so, he provides us with important insights into our fallen, sinful condition. But more importantly,…

Two Important Quotes from Martin Luther

I share with you two important quotes I recently discovered, spoken by Martin Luther on the subject of preaching. He provides some insightful, biblical perspective on preaching, for preachers and hearers alike. I cannot say what he says any…

The Unbreakable Seal of the Holy Spirit

The Ancient Wax Seal In ancient times, people placed wax seals on letters, scrolls and important document containers. Each seal featured a personal mark pressed into it, unique and distinct to the person who prepared the document. Only the…