Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

Perhaps we rely on entertainment in the church to keep things interesting because we do not trust enough in God to keep our gatherings compelling. Entertainment is easy compared to waiting on God because waiting on God requires that we come to church with hearts prepared, undistracted by the world, and with a desire to … Continue reading Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

To the Christians in Afghanistan

To the Christians in Afghanistan, especially those of you about to die for your faith, I doubt you will ever have the chance to read this, but my heart breaks for you. The Lord knows your anguish. He knows the trouble you face, and he is aware of your powerlessness. He also sees your poverty, … Continue reading To the Christians in Afghanistan

Distracting Ourselves to Death

It started mid-morning when the routine of the day felt lifeless. Without thinking, I opened the browser, typed "Fa," and autofill did the rest sending me directly to Facebook. After an unknown amount of time, looking at vapidly entertaining content, I jumped over to Twitter, and it was more of the same. I checked to see what was … Continue reading Distracting Ourselves to Death

Stuck in Sodom

And while [Lot] lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside [of Sodom]. -Genesis. 19:16 If we find ourselves stuck in Sodom, God will lay hold of our hand. In … Continue reading Stuck in Sodom

In the Day of Oppressive Sorrow

The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He is mighty to comfort as well as to sanctify. His name is "the Comforter." His office is to console. In the discharge of this office He puts forth His power, not only mediately and indirectly through the Word, but immediately and directly upon the soul, sustaining and strengthening … Continue reading In the Day of Oppressive Sorrow

The Conviction of Sin is a Gift

When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment. -John 16:8 Where the Holy Spirit is, there will always be deep conviction of sin and true repentance for it. It is His special office to convict of sin. He shows the exceeding holiness of God. He teaches the exceeding corruption and … Continue reading The Conviction of Sin is a Gift

How Well Do You Know the Book of Acts? [12 Questions]

1. Who wrote the book of Acts? 2. Why is it called the book of Acts? 3. What was the event called when the Holy Spirit arrived in chapter two? 4. The first half of the book of Acts follows which major apostle? 5. The second half of the book of Acts follows which major … Continue reading How Well Do You Know the Book of Acts? [12 Questions]

3 Reasons God’s Commands are Not Burdensome

It is an absolute joy to follow our Savior, even when it is difficult. Many people caricature Christianity as a crushing list of dos and don’ts. As if God’s commands are overbearing and debilitating. When they speak this way, it is obvious they speak as outsiders, or they have been confusing onerous human traditions as … Continue reading 3 Reasons God’s Commands are Not Burdensome

4 Ways Incense is a Picture of Prayer in the Bible

May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 Throughout the Old Testament, we see incense playing a significant role in the worship God had prescribed for his people. It was so essential that there was an altar of incense in the Holy Place. As we consider this topic, it is important to … Continue reading 4 Ways Incense is a Picture of Prayer in the Bible

The Holy Spirit is Our Only Hope

When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment! - John 16:8 The Holy Spirit is the only effectual reformer of the world! If He is absent, legislators may make laws against crime; philosophers may reason against vice; ministers may preach against sin; conscience may remonstrate against evil; the divine law … Continue reading The Holy Spirit is Our Only Hope