Why Another Missions Conference?

Our church is in the midst of another faith promise/world missions conference, our 40th annual such missions endeavor. Every previous conference has always yielded lasting fruit for world missions and through the Biblical faith giving approach to supporting missions and missionaries we have enjoyed blessed relationships with hundreds of these choice servants, supporting with both prayersContinue reading “Why Another Missions Conference?”

“Behold Thy Gods”

The first sin God forbade His people in the timeless ten commandments— “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”—became the besetting sin of Israel and the sin for which they were ultimately and severely judged with captivity. If idolatry was the sin that most plagued God’s people before the cross, is there any reasonContinue reading ““Behold Thy Gods””

“Keep it Up, it Matters!”

Former U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was addressing a group of pastors in the Indiana Statehouse in February of 2016, months before he had any inkling of an idea that he would become by year’s end the next Vice-President of the United States, chosen by the would-be President-elect Donald Trump. To this group of 40 orContinue reading ““Keep it Up, it Matters!””

The Cost of Being a Christian

Martin Luther was absolutely correct when he said that “a religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing is worth nothing.” Perhaps because of what we know the Bible teaches concerning the grace of God and that salvation is a free gift, we’ve been led to believe that being a Christian costs nothing! GoingContinue reading “The Cost of Being a Christian”

Lest We Forget…9.11.01

On Saturday we will, as a nation, commemorate what might well be labeled the “2nd Day of Infamy,” September 11, 2001, when four hi-jacked jet passenger planes flying over eastern seaboard states, guided by Wahhabi Islamist terrorists who, as part of Al-Qaeda, commandeered the speeding guided missiles toward the New York City Twin Towers, each landmarkContinue reading “Lest We Forget…9.11.01”

“…I Will Not Deny Thee!”

Or, the subtitle of this devotional is “How to Deny Jesus.” Peter, as recorded in every gospel, affirms that though every other apostle should be offended because of Jesus he would never be offended, even though it should cost him his life. Jesus, however, gave Peter a reality check when he announced that on thatContinue reading ““…I Will Not Deny Thee!””

“And He gave some…evangelists….”

I have written before of my love for the office of evangelists and the gift they bring to a local church by way of admonishing, exhorting and stirring up sleepy saints. When I surrendered to preach as a 19-year-old college freshman, I thought that if God would use me in evangelism, I would love thatContinue reading ““And He gave some…evangelists….””