The Kingdom of Heaven

The phrase “kingdom of heaven” occurs exclusively in Matthew’s gospel. He uses the phrase 33 times, while no other gospel writer employs it at all. How is this significant? Some teach that the kingdom of heaven is distinct from the…

Winning the Battle against Media Bombardment

All kinds of media clamor for your attention – news, social buzz, marketing, movies, music, books, gaming, and gossip. They utilize an overwhelming variety of platforms – desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, e-book readers,…

Thoughts about Technology and Social Media

When Apple releases a new device, do you buy it immediately? When a new social media platform enters the online world, do you create a personal account as soon as possible? Do you jump on the technology and communication bandwagon with everyone…

Expecting to Sow, Water and Harvest

Nonbelievers must hear the gospel an average of 7.6 times before they receive it. That’s what Bill Fay says in his book, Share Jesus Without Fear. Regardless of how he arrives at this statistic, I have to agree that most nonbelievers must…

Diagnosing the Christian Vision Problem

Sawdust in your eye prevents you from seeing anything clearly. It burns your eyes and makes them water. You will be ineffective at everything until you remove the sawdust. As I share this illustration, I am confident that you empathize with…

God's Plans and Our Prayers

We ask many questions about the correlation between God’s plans and our prayers. Our answers to these questions can easily step off the knife-edge balance of Bible truth into reasonable logic or a defense of a particular theological system.…

A Model for Masculinity

Masculinity is not automatic, but it is God’s designed intention for every man. Properly understood, masculinity avoids both the caveman caricature and the effeminate alternative. It embraces the development of the whole man for the purpose…

Prayer With Fasting

I’m learning. I’m learning that ministry without prayer is futile. (Are you learning this too?) God answers prayers that are prayed, but prayers that are not prayed are not answered. We can do a lot of good things in service to God, the…

Pray With Your Children

“Chaplain Richard Halverson of the United States Senate told the story of a time when the subject of prayer in schools came up just before a Senator was to give a speech to several hundred men at a church’s annual men’s dinner. In response…