Serving God Acceptably, 1

Simply stated, grace means “unmerited favor.” We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8)—that is, apart from all human effort or merit—because of divine favor freely bestowed through faith upon all who believe.  This is the essence of saving grace. But, when we speak or think of grace, there is much more to considerContinue reading “Serving God Acceptably, 1”

“There Has To Be A Song!”

The renowned composer John Philip Sousa said, “I care not who writes my country’s laws if I may write its music.” Music is doubtless powerful. Before time as we know it began, the heaven of heavens rang out: “When the morning stars sang together, all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38:7). WhenContinue reading ““There Has To Be A Song!””

Parenting’s 21st Century Challenge

No Christian parent would disagree with the Psalmist’s declaration that “children are an heritage of the Lord,” or that our children are “like olive plants round about thy table.” (Ps.127:3; 128:3). We treasure these gifts from God and do not take lightly the burden of the Psalmist who said that in teaching his children “IContinue reading “Parenting’s 21st Century Challenge”

To Drink or Not to Drink

Most conservative, Bible-believing churches induct new members into their fellowship by asking them to agree with a Church Covenant that binds the member to an agreement “to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.” Sunday SchoolContinue reading “To Drink or Not to Drink”

For Preachers Only, Part 2

In the previous “For Preachers Only” post (1/25/23), I shared some wisdom that the late Pastor Bob Kelley set forth in an article entitled “The Greatest Lessons I Have Learned as a Preacher of the Gospel.” (Sword of the Lord, 2/9/07) I would like to share the rest of his lessons in this second installment:Continue reading “For Preachers Only, Part 2”