How to Read the Bible Like a Berean

< 1 minute Pastors feel a good pressure to press the Church to read the Bible wisely. We don’t allow scientists or doctors to play fast and lose with medicine and facts. And we certainly don’t allow people to play fast and loose with Scripture. Here’s an article I found helpful. #bible #biblestudy “How to Read the Bible Like a …

CHOOSE CHURCH WISELY

8 min to read After my church’s most recent new member class, I reflected on the importance of choosing a church home. God designed the local church as the center of truth and energy for the Christian life. No other membership holds broader impact on a person or family than a local church, with many fingers of influence reaching into …

WEEKEND READER: PRAYER by JOHN ONWUCHEKWA

< 1 minute View this post on Instagram Back to recommend another short book to read over a weekend. Prayer by John Onwuchekwa helps Christians who want to grow in prayer, but even more helps Christians who want to grow in prayer together. Link in bio. @TGC @crosswaybooks @9marks @jawn_o Amazon – $12.96 Like. Share. Follow. A post shared by …

THE EXAMPLE OF FAITH CHURCH

< 1 minute The ministry of Faith Church in Lafayette, IN has provided to Paramount Church an excellent model of ministry. Since the first planting of Paramount, we have emulated many principles, values, and strategies. Throughout the difficult season in the pandemic, Faith Church has shown biblical creativity, commitment to the Word of God, and love for their local community. …

HOW WILL YOU DIE ON THAT HILL?

5 min to read How you die on a hill says a lot about your view of Jesus, yourself, and the world. We use this cliché all the time to explain ourselves. This is a hill to die on. That’s not a hill to die on. And so forth. The cliché assumes a hill has only one purpose: death. But …

HOW TO HAVE ASSURANCE WHEN LIFE IS UNCERTAIN

2 min to read Right now, most people feel uncertain about almost everything. A few people claim they are certain about everything, but in reality, they are just as uncertain as the rest. We don’t know what we will do tomorrow. We don’t know what others will do tomorrow. In many ways, we don’t even know what God will do …

SUCH PATIENCE IS IN LOVE

Yesterday, I quoted in my sermon a poem by William Cowper. Perhaps most famous for his hymn “God Moves in A Mysterious Way,” Cowper walked a dark and heavy road. His life was plagued by depression, thoughts and even attempt of suicide. But the grace of God carried William forward, and drew from his heart a gospel refrain. Read the …

WITH OUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

I love to lie outside in the grass, To watch the clouds in the sky as they pass. I love to imagine the shapes that I see. Some look like animals and people to me. I’ve seen turtles, chipmunks, and cuddly bears. I once saw a monkey that lost all his hair. Some clouds are thick and some are thin. …

GRACE-FILLED CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Tomorrow we begin our slow return to regular corporate worship at Paramount Church! I’m thankful for church members who have expressed in text, and email, and in person their support, understanding, love, and joyful cooperation during a challenging time for the church. They have honored, supported, encouraged, advised, spoken well of, defended, and spoken well of their leaders. Pastors experience …

NEEDED CALM

What do I love about the Apostle Paul? I love his apparent calmness. When I look at Paul in the Scriptures, I see a man who promotes calm trust in a loving God who sovereignly orchestrates all affairs of men.Paul doesn’t seem unfeeling or apathetic or low-energy. But in different kinds of circumstance and situations, he appears to instill calm …