Christianity has thus passed through many stages of its earthly life, and yet has hardly reached the period of full manhood in Christ Jesus. During this long succession of centuries it has outlived the destruction of Jerusalem, the dissolution of the Roman empire, fierce persecutions from without, and heretical corruptions from within, the barbarian invasion, … Continue reading Christianity Outlives the Rise and Fall of Empires
You may know a sheep from a swine, when both have fallen into the same mire, and are, in fact, so bemired, that neither by coat nor color can the one be distinguished from the other. How then distinguish them? Nothing more easy! The sheep, a type of the godly, strives and struggles to get … Continue reading Dirty Sheep or Dirty Swine?
It is amazing the amount of church growth that can be accomplished in the power of the flesh. Though there are significant problems in the church growth movement, we should all be for church growth. In fact, it seems almost impossible for a church to be fulfilling the great commission without some kind of growth … Continue reading Growing the Church in the Power of the Flesh
It has been said that there are no inactive members in any church. They are either actively building it up or actively hindering it. I’m not sure where this came from, but there is a lot of truth in that statement. With that in mind, here are 10 ways to work against your church. 1. … Continue reading 10 Ways to Hinder Your Church
It is that time of year again. Excited teams of Vacation Bible School volunteers are lining up to put on a meaningful week of ministry for kids. What many do not realize is that, like the five stages of grief, there are emotional stages to working VBS, and we do not want you to be … Continue reading The Five Emotional Stages of a VBS Worker
I recently taught a class through Pilgrim's Progress. Below are the discussion questions for each chapter. Chapter 1 -pp. 1-17 in the Revell Spire Edition -pp. 1-26 in the Moody Classic Edition -pp. 1-27 in Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English -pp. 1-20 Barbour and Company. 1985 1. What is the book Christian has in his … Continue reading Pilgrim’s Progress Discussion Questions by Chapter
Here is a sermon I preached recently which looks at the typology of Joseph's brothers who came to buy grain from him in Genesis 42. Like the brothers, even when it seems God is against us, we must remember that He will supply our need. There is grain in Egypt -In times of famine -In … Continue reading There is Grain in Egypt [Sermon]
1. It will Combat Dryness
A loss of appetite is a sign of illness, not health, and daily Bible reading can cause the dryness that you sometimes experience in church to dissipate.