My biggest struggle with daily devotions is not carving out the 20 to 30 minutes needed to read the word and spend time with God. The most difficult part is slowing down my heart and mind enough to get anything from it. Here is the challenge. I usually wake up to an endless list of tasks … Continue reading My Biggest Struggle with Daily Devotions
Let me introduce you to my dad, David Eaton. He has been a pastor for over 50 years, and if you spend time with him, you will soon be talking about the Lord. As long as I have been alive, he has been a man of prayer, so as you speak with him, you will … Continue reading A Pastor’s Testimony of Answered Prayer
With this truth in my heart, that God hears and answers prayer, I sit down determined to pray. Then, three or four sentences in, I am thinking about my to-do list at work or that I need to buy gasoline for the mower. I assume I am not alone in my struggle to stay on task while praying. With this in mind, here are three ways to mitigate mental drift while praying. CLICK TO READ MORE.
Being sick for three days gives you time to think about your frailty. Even if that sickness is only a flu virus that poses little threat to your life, the fact that you must withdraw from being productive to spend time in bed exposes your weakness, and that is not always a bad thing. This … Continue reading 3 Reflections on Sickness and the Christian Life
Often, the very things we need to grow are the same things we work to avoid because we think we are fragile. Scripture uses the metaphor of running a race to describe the Christian life on more than one occasion. In running the race, there are weights we should cast off and weights we should pick up if we are going to compete to win the prize. CLICK TO READ MORE...
Scripture says God will not turn away the broken and contrite, but when we look at our own hearts, we often see so much pride we are rarely comforted by that truth. However, we must never forget that true humility would never see itself as humble. Arthur Pink once addressed our tendency to improperly assess … Continue reading 3 Signs of Christian Humility
There tend to be three primary motivations that drive people to accomplish something, but it is not until we reach the third that we are nearing maturity. For example, as I sit down to write this article, there are multiple impulses, way more than three, moving me along, but they all fit into the three categories … Continue reading The 3 Motivations to Work
It seems the chief end of some local churches is to exist. Maintaining the building, meeting budgets, and preserving attendance by making sure the congregants have a pleasant experience so they will not leave is what drives the decisions of many church leaders. There is nothing wrong with working toward these goals. They are fine as long as those … Continue reading Great Churches are Willing to Go Out of Business
If you are a believer, at this very moment, you are united to Christ. Did you remember that this morning when you rose and began your daily routine? How will this knowledge affect you as you go about the remainder of your day? If we truly understand what it means to be united to Jesus, it should impact … Continue reading Do Not Forget You Are United to Christ
David thought it was over. His sin had been exposed, he had sought the Lord's forgiveness, and it had been granted. A right spirit had been renewed, and a clean heart had been created. Then came the news that his child was gravely ill. The revelation threw David to the floor in anguish as thoughts of his sin filled his mind. Months had … Continue reading The Haunting Effects of Sin