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. […]

HE’S BACK, BABY!

Just when the NBA Finals threaten to pull the dark, oppressive, basketball-less cloud over the summer months, a bright spot. Not just a bright spot; a brilliantly, burning sun of hope and happiness! Malcolm Gladwell is back with his captivating and enlightening podcast, “Revisionist History!” Honestly, Season 3 took a dip, yet remained lovable, listenable Gladwell. I fully expect Season 4 to shine yet again! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the gist. Author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell has flexible time and money to travel and investigate events, people, stories, and places which have been forgotten or misunderstood. He interviews, studies, thinks, and commentates with brilliance and […]

MORE ON CRITICISM

I recently posted a resource about giving and taking critique. Today, another helpful article caught my attention. The following link at Ligonier contains a letter written by John Newton, to a correspondent who was about to blast a fellow minister in writing. Newton gives clear, concise, and beautiful advice. On Controversy Go to Full Article Author: Rush

HE HEARS US, WE LOVE HIM

So I’ve been using a chronological Bible reading plan. (This is the first time I’ve read it chronologically.) I aim for two kinds of reading when it comes to books and the Bible: power reading and precision reading. Power reading is when I push forward to read quickly, while still maintaining a good level of comprehension. When precision reading, I slow down and focus in. My continual challenge is to maintain a healthy balance between these two kinds of reading. I love to “get through” things, so I often find myself quickly marching forward while missing some important things. Anyway…Today, my reading plan took me across Psalm 116. In the […]