I live in an active home and regretfully I have a difficult time reading or writing when there is noise. Since I can’t always get away from it, I put on my headphones and let instrumental music fill my mind instead so I can be free to read or write.
Accordingly, I wanted to share some of my favorites. I know there are countless examples of instrumental videos I could post but these are beautiful and long enough to serve the purposes I have in mind. I hope you find them helpful. Read more…
Jake and Lesa labored to build their fortress. The blankets stretched over the chairs, until the kindergartners could crawl underneath, without any light showing through. They turned on their flashlights, rejoicing in their safety.
Years passed, Jake and Lesa were sweethearts in college. They had ostensibly been together since birth, growing up on the same street. Their love for one another was tender and sweet. They had friends and a lot of success academically and were happy together.
However, not all was well, as time progressed. One day, with broken hearts, they sat before their preacher, seeking advice. The scared young couple sat apart, unable to get near each other. Read more…
In the USA, we greatly value our religious freedom. Yet, the only way WE get to enjoy our right to free religious speech & worship is if ALL other religious groups receive the same right. Whether we agree with those other religious groups is immaterial as far as our constitutional rights are concerned. The US Constitution is fleshly but falls within the realm of scripture (Rom. 13). Accordingly, whether we like it or not, when we demand that the rights of Muslims in this country be denied, we’re demanding that our own religious rights be eliminated. Be careful what you wish for. I would rather see Mosques than have our own rights revoked.
In my first year of full-time preaching, I was told by a leader of the congregation, “I don’t have to visit. That’s what we pay you for.”
This statement encapsulates the problem with the form of evangelism practiced in far too many congregations.
Preacher-centered evangelism is where the preacher is the sum total of the evangelistic efforts of the congregation. It falls on him to find all the prospects, teach them, immerse them and foster their spiritual growth.
If this growth fails to materialize, then he is replaced by another man and the cycle begins anew. Read more…