Afflictions, When Sanctified

By affliction, the Master Artist is adding some new touch of loveliness to the picture He is bringing out in our souls. Afflictions, when sanctified temper worldly ambitions, burn out the dross of selfishness, humble pride, quell fierce passions, reveal the evil in our hearts, manifest our weaknesses, faults and blemishes, teach patience and submission, … Continue reading Afflictions, When Sanctified

Prayers of Sorrow

Where to go in sorrow is one of life's great questions. For there are none to whom sorrow does not come at some time. The Master, whose footprints are on all life's paths, shows us the way to the refuge in the time of trouble. He found it in prayer. "Being in agony, He prayed." … Continue reading Prayers of Sorrow

If Necessary, You Have Been Grieved

In this, you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials. - 1 Peter 1:6 Those two little words, “if necessary,” contain a world of truth. In the prior verses, Peter has just informed us of our glorious salvation in Jesus and the new birth he has … Continue reading If Necessary, You Have Been Grieved

Set Aside Your Corroded Crown

Those who teach works must be added to faith as a condition for salvation can never tell you when you have done enough. This fact alone exposes the reason why you will never find assurance of salvation in their systems. The problems with believing our right standing before God is a result of Christ’s work … Continue reading Set Aside Your Corroded Crown

The End of All Things is at Hand

Whether Christ returns or calls us home through death, the end of all things is at hand. Death is the great clarifier. When we have a brush with our final enemy, death, it is incredible how many things in our lives become insignificant. The petty concerns seem to melt away. Trivial distractions are exposed as … Continue reading The End of All Things is at Hand

Preaching from the Pit

Sometimes you are called to preach from the pit. Pain, suffering, grief, and sorrow are not reasons for the minister to back away from his calling to proclaim the word of God; they are often reasons to lean into it. Times of peace and comfort highlight certain truths as we study scripture, but there are … Continue reading Preaching from the Pit

How to Learn Contentment

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. - Philippians 4:11 How can we learn contentment? One step toward contentment is patient submission to unavoidable ills and hardships. No earthly lot is perfect. No mortal ever yet in this world, has found a set of circumstances without some drawback. There are trials … Continue reading How to Learn Contentment

The Test of Your Faith

What is God doing when he tests our faith? Why is it necessary that our faith be tested? What are some of the ways he tests our faith? How are we to respond in times of testing? I recently had the privilege of preaching a sermon called, The Test of Your Faith at Bethel Grace … Continue reading The Test of Your Faith

Self-Denial Leads to Happiness

If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. - Luke 9:23-24 This law of the dying of self, and the magnifying of Christ is … Continue reading Self-Denial Leads to Happiness

A Monument to Grace: Short Film

I am proud of my son, Mark, who won first place for the film below at a competition at his university. The theme was grace. As you will see, my son is an avid hiker and has been to some beautiful places. The voice you will hear in the video is Dr. Chuck Ryor. Dr. … Continue reading A Monument to Grace: Short Film