But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
One of the Scripture references that my spiritual father Carl Vargo used to regularly sign off his letters to me with was the following.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18
As we come to the Lord’s table, who should partake in communion? The Bible gives 2 stipulations. The answer…wait for it…only those who are first reconciled to God(believers) and also reconciled to others. But we need to answer from the Bible “Why?” As NoCo listeners...
Though it’s been 25 years since I graduated seminary(No I’m not that old I’m just that much wiser), I can remember like it was yesterday Prof(Howie Hendricks) telling us that at weddings and funerals to always preach the Gospel. Since then it’s been forever etched in my...
If only I had studied more for this test, I would not be failing this class.
If only I had just apologised and asked for forgiveness, I would not be in this strained relationship.
If only I had thought more before I spoke, I would not have turned so many people away.
If only I had learned how to swim...
You are out of town and for Sunday you visit one of the local churches with your family. After all, whether at home or away, you want to be with God’s people for corporate worship.
As you and your family enter the church building, you are greeted in the foyer by a friendly family. They make...
“God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”
That statement is bad evangelism, but good Trinitarianism.
It is bad evangelism because the Gospel does not begin with the love of God but with the wrath of God (Romans 1:16-18). Furthermore it is bad evangelism because the Gospel is...
“No creed but the Bible!”
“Deeds not creeds!”
Catchy sayings. Biblical? Partially. The revelation of Holy Writ reveals the inspiration, the inerrancy and therefore the sufficiency of Scripture. The Bible also reveals that we’re not saved by deeds or good works(Ephesians...
A little boy floating down the river while sitting on top of a bear in the middle of the jungle. You guessed it. The little boy is Mowgli and the bear is Baloo from the Disney classic Jungle Book. This was one of my daughters’ favorite scenes as they sang The Bare Necessities of Life.
Why does the church gather? What is the purpose of our meeting Sunday? Is it just to get a spiritual shot in the arm to get me through the week? Is it to have a social outlet that is at least spiritual? Is it to hear a biblical sermon? After all, isn’t that what we pay the pastor for?
This is a common question that many wrestle with when it comes to their church. It may be a question you have thought of yourself or are even currently contemplating. Should I stay with my current local church or leave and try to find a new body to be a part of? If you are thinking along these...
You see it all the time on social media. Before and after pictures of people who changed their eating habits and committed to a training program. They lose weight. They look and feel healthier. It’s almost a brand new person.
Well the Bible explains that there are before and after portraits of...
Recently at a wedding someone was telling me how there is to too much negativity preached from the pulpit today and that what we need is more positive and uplifting messages. So would it be safe to assume she would not be a fan of this particular blog on the sinfulness of sin?
One of the people she mentioned who gives these positive and uplifting
With the recent death of Muhammad Ali, many of the morning shows on TV were paying tribute to him. Whether it was the Thrilla in Manila when he fought Joe Frazier, or the Rumble in the Jungle when he fought George Foreman, Muhammad Ali was known for his self-proclaimed “I am the greatest.”
The only one who could ever say
Mother’s Day, which we just celebrated this past Sunday May 8, is one of the most celebrated holidays. Hallmark and FTD look forward to this day annually with salivating anticipation.
So while our regular calendars say Sunday was Mother’s Day, our church calendars say Sundays is the Lord’s day. So what’s a pastor to do?
As a manager of a retail store, when I offer to put customers’ items in a plastic bag, they refuse the bag with the retort “Save the planet.” Now don’t get me wrong. In our home we recycle, but in our church you would not find us practicing church discipline on someone for failing to recycle or for using plastic bags.
The Word of God is inexhaustible in its ministry! Its ministry is continuous and abiding. It’s active, operative and at work. Paul said that the Word of God is at work in believers(1 Thessalonians 2:13).
So let’s look at the Word’s inexhaustible ministries as outlined by the apostle Paul to young pastor Timothy.
The theological controversy that was stirring back when I was in seminary was the Lordship Salvation controversy. The issue was whether or not submission to Jesus as Lord is a post-conversion thing or part of the essence of saving faith. I recall vividly fellow students asking me what I thought of Zane Hodges book Absolutely Free.
So I was
Talking with a friend recently, he said that Jesus will take 99 steps toward you, but you have to take the last step. Is that really true and Biblical? Is someone’s salvation dependent on that person taking that one final step? Is even God Himself somehow dependent upon man to take the final step before He can save?
“And a ruler
“The Cowboy Pastor” or better yet “The Bull-Riding Pastor”. No, this was not a typo. Yes, you read correctly. Lawrence Bishop II, pastor of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, rides bulls in a built in rodeo arena in his church to attract people.
On May 19, 2015, ABC News Nightline aired a program about this phenomenon.
Walk with me. We are taking a stroll down the long hall way of your high school. Each side is lined with classrooms and lockers. At the very end, funneling down like a tunnel, stands a tall and wide glass case displaying the championship trophies of your football team and basketball team, of which you were the star of course. That
Why did Jesus die?
A church I visited a few years ago was giving out as part of their welcome package for visitors a book on the 50 reasons why Jesus came to die. Chapter 23 of that book was entitled: “So That We Might Belong to Him.” Exactly.
Paul, in writing to Titus, highlights this particular reason for the death of Christ.
It was during my academic tenure at Dallas Theological Seminary in the early 1990’s when Charles Stanley sat with some of us in the living room area of our dorm to have a heart to heart talk and Q & A about ministry. His son Andy, fellow graduate of DTS, has been stirring up some waves lately, and not for the right reasons.
It is very
Once when asked how to reconcile divine sovereignty with human responsibility Spurgeon said there was no need to reconcile friends.
MYTH #3: Divine sovereignty is in direct conflict with human responsibility.
Jesus Himself, while teaching divine sovereignty, at the same time called for a response.
“All things have been handed over to me
We hear the word “election” and suddenly the hairs on our neck stand up as we think to ourselves, “That’s not fair. It is unjust of God.”(Romans 9:14)
“The fallen human mind tends to think it is unjust for God to choose some but not everyone – as if we had a right to demand His grace. That’s not fair!
“You know people who go around raising other people from the dead?”
This was my comment to one of my daughters when during our family worship time she said that Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead showed the humanity of Christ.
We have been studying theology in our family worship time. Many unfortunately relegate theology to the
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