Social media also for some (and I want to emphasize for some) an avenue to vent frustrations quite apart from lifting high the cross of Christ. In light of this potential for social media as well as its abuses, I want to offer the following counsel. I’m a bit late to the game. But I pastor a local church in Fort Worth. I love them dearly. I think of them often. And I’v...Keep Reading
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For Paul, the attitudes and perspectives of “the world” which needed to be crucified were his boasting in his Jewish pedigree and works of law-righteousness. For others, it may be a commitment to one’s career, or even to one’s own family. And for some, like myself, it can be a preoccupation with Christian ministry...
Pornography is one expression of sexual immorality inundating our culture.[i] Grievously, it’s far too common in the church as well. Covenant Eyes reports that “64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women say they watch porn at least once a month.”[ii] Such statistics hardly represent the biblical imperative: “sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (Eph 5:3). Are you among the 64% or the 15%? By God’s grace, you don’t have to be. Are others you know among them? By God’s grace, you can help them not to be. Contrary to popular resolve, Christians can say No to pornography and to any other sexual temptation....
The following reasons remain part of my own arsenal in the fight against lust and sexual immorality. I share them to equip you in the same fight. Part two will come soon, where I develop eight ways to fight sexual temptation. Until then please consider these seriously, especially those of you who may be looking at and thinking about porn. Some of my comments are geared toward men, but much of this post also applies to women....
James 2 has challenged the church for centuries. Based on Paul’s teaching in Romans 3:28, Reformed Protestants have confessed that justification is by faith alone apart from works. Yet James asserts that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone (Jas 2:24). So the question becomes, “Does James contradict Paul?” Since the Holy Spirit inspired both James and Paul, we must answer No. Rather, the following observations demonstrate how the two complement one another....
Vision in the local church is what the Bible tells us God wants for us, in us, and through us to the praise of his glory in Jesus Christ. Based on the observations below, it is our conviction that an important part of the Bible’s vision for local churches is for them to plant more local churches, where new disciples can manifest God’s kingdom on earth and submit to one another in love and truth....
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Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, As Paul closes the book of 2 Corinthians, he urges his reader's to take a close look at themselves. He says, "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." In Paul's' letters to the church at Corinth, he addressed a number of problems. The church seemed to be confused about or ignorant of several things t...Keep Reading
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In Exodus 18, the children of Israel had been delivered from bondage in Egypt upon the wonderful miracle of God's parting the Red Sea so they could pass through on dry ground. God drowned Pharaoh's army as the waters came back together. It was clear to Israel that God had done a mighty work and they joined Moses in singing praises to...Keep Reading
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In Job 29, Job is continuing a conversation with his friends and musing on his current situation. He says, "Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness; Just as I was in the days of my prime, when the friendly counsel o...Keep Reading
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The book of Romans contains magnificent truths that Paul shared with the church. He said some very encouraging things as well as some difficult things. He taught them much solid doctrine revealing God's ways and instructing them in living out the Christian life. The love Paul had for the church is evident. He said he prayed for them ...Keep Reading
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The apostle, Paul, had such a heart for the salvation of others. He had come to personally know the Christ he had persecuted. For Paul, to live was Christ. His relationship with his Lord was the most important thing in his life and of next importance was having others come to know the Savior as well. Although Paul is known as the apo...Keep Reading
Still grieving for families in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. Still hurting for my friends who fear for their children. Still angry at all the injustice, whether interpersonal or systemic. Still feeling the thick darkness of sin. Still wondering how and when and what to speak. Still troubled by my own subtle fears of people and death. Ten ways the book of James helps us resp...Keep Reading
“What happens in your elder meetings?” is a question that several brothers ask. Some want to know as a way to evaluate their own elder meeting agendas. Others ask as their church transitions to a plurality of elders, and they needed guidance as “first-timers.” Our meeting times break into three parts: care for one another and prayer for the body, reformation, and r...Keep Reading
Some of you may be asking how to practice praying, or how to make prayer a more regular part of your Christian walk? Here are a nine ways to foster a life of prayer....Keep Reading