HOW TO MARK A BOOK OR BIBLE

I love study tools. They have helped me learn, remember, and apply what I’ve studied. Here’s one tool I’ve used from time to time: a bookmark containing some ideas for how to mark a Bible or book. This is not the only way to do such a thing. Adapt it as necessary for your own benefit! Design Credit: W. Price Go to Full Article Author: Rush

CARING FOR CHRISTIANS

From time to time we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I hear a person described as a true shepherd.  “He really knows how to care for other people.”  “She is in tune with people around her and knows exactly when and how to help.” “He seems always to know what to say and how to say it.” These are some of the sweetest compliments I can imagine. And it likely that we all know someone who carry these characteristics honestly. They […]

BOOK REVIEW: NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in my hand I bring became available in 2007 as a publication of Matthias Media. It was written by Ray Galea. A recipient of a thoroughly Catholic upbringing, Galea did not want to simply take His Catholicism for granted. He set out to investigate these differences between Protestant Christians and the Catholic friends, neighbors, and family among whom he was raised.  Nothing in my hand I bring is a […]

CCEF CONFERENCE AUDIO SET

In timely fashion, the audio recordings from the 2019 CCEF National Conference are available at this link. The conference topic covered all facets of anxiety, and how God brings peace through an intentional walk with Jesus. These sessions are highly valuable to all of us, even if you don’t consider yourself a counselor. Every Christian is called by God and equipped through His Word to care for the souls of others. And even more, we are called to watch over our own souls as people who live coram deo, before the face of God. If you can spare the money, these audio sessions (main sessions and breakout sessions) are well […]

MEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD…

We tore open presents from under the tree. Christmas dinner topped off our snack-filled bellies, and then a new year rang. We threw confetti and slept in the next morning. Our kids made snowmen and snow angels, while the dads shoveled and the moms sipped coffee. The sun came out and the school year ended. Off to vacation at the beach. We came home and played at the pool. At night we laughed at our old, wrinkled faces. The parade was nice—people dressed in red, white, and blue threw candy to us as they floated past. Fireworks popped and fizzled overhead. We slept in and then played again at the […]

DO YOU LOVE TO BE ANGRY?

You love to be angry, don’t you? Come on – admit it! Even if every once in a while, given particular conditions, you enjoy anger. Strangely, there is something pleasant about it. An eagerness for anger flashes in your heart from time to time. When you’re offended, when someone doesn’t show you the respect you deserve, when a series of simple turns don’t go your way, you ignite a spark of anger. At times the spark flashes and fizzles out. At other times you cup your hands, gently blow on the tinder ball, and make fire. You love anger, and I do too. Perhaps we enjoy making anger because it […]

A HAPPY CHRISTIAN

On this happy 185th birthday of the incomparable Charles Spurgeon, I believe he was a happy christian despite the dark clouds of depression which often darkened his skies. Happiness in Jesus is a fight, and Spurgeon was an admirable fighter. The sermon “A Happy Christian” was preached long who in London, but Spurgeon’s rich words resonate even today. Read this. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

FIVE STAGES OF AN EVANGELISTIC CONVERSATION

For many people, the most difficult part of sharing the gospel with someone is starting a conversation. If you are a Christian, you probably know enough about the gospel to lead someone to Christ. Therefore, the problem is not that the gospel is hard to explain, but the problem of starting a conversation that gives most Christians trouble. Let’s go back to the basics and make evangelism easy. Basically, an evangelistic conversation is made up of 5 stages. 1. Warm Connection, 2. Mutual Interest3. The Shift 4. Gospel Presentation5. Questions and Answers. In this post, we will direct our attention to these stages and explore how they work together. Stage […]

10 WAYS TO HEAR GOD MORE CLEARLY

In my sermon yesterday, I provided “10 Ways to Hear God More Clearly,” summarized from Thomas Watson’s book Heaven Taken By Storm. And I promised my church that these principles would be posted online, in case they were not able to write them down in the course of my preaching about them. Thomas Watson lived from 1620-1686. He is widely recognized as a faithful leader among the Puritans; well-read and well-loved by many. Heaven Taken By Storm is a book about the Christian life. In particular, he addresses the need for all Christians to take Christ seriously, and to fight valiantly for gospel comfort and holiness through faith in Jesus. […]