I was reading the Wall Street Journal today and there was an article on the front page titled “New Uses for Europe’s Empty Churches.” Here is a quote from it: “The former St. Paul’s Church in Bristol, England, is no the Circomedia circus training school; a Lutheran church in Edinburgh became a Frankenstein-themed bar; and a 19th century church became a clothing store in Arnhem, Netherlands.” I hope this is a wake up call to us all that we need to keep the fires of our zeal for Christ alive and spread it to others.
I heard Dr. Russell Moore, the president of Southern Baptist convention, say, “Call sin what it is so we can call grace what it is.” This made me think about churches that have decided to take a “more user-friendly” approach to their message, as the means to build their churches. (more…)
I’d like to share some thoughts with you about the knowledge required for righteous living. This begins with the primary requirement of being saved and then, committed to serving Christ. There ought to be many indications of this in the person who loves and serves Him, but I want to focus on the one that (more…)
For just a Mentoring Minute, I want to talk about having a voice of thanksgiving. There will be times when we have to step out in faith with the powerful weapon of thanksgiving spilling off our lips. For me, such a time came in 1994, when I was preaching on the street in an undesirable and dangerous part of Auckland, New Zealand. (more…)
This is an extended Mentoring Minute (about 6 and 1/2 minutes). It speaks of the determination of a salmon swimming upstream.
Have you ever had someone try to argue with you that God does not exist? Perhaps they did not argue, but told you they could not convince themselves that He is real. I have found (more…)
My good friend, Pastor David Briggs recently said, “Intellectualism is celebrated at the expense of morality.” This statement is profoundly true. All we need to do is look around at what is happening in the world. Nations, governments, families and other elements of society are being redefined by (more…)
I want to talk to you about going to the dock and waiving goodbye to your sin. Now, this will require an explanation. John 1:29 (NKJV) says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (more…)
This is my Christmas Mentoring Minute. Unlike the others, I did not prepare it before I spoke it. I wanted it to come from my heart to yours. It is all about the true meaning of Christmas. (more…)
I want to share a decisive moment of truth that struck me in a powerful way. On the way to church, I was joking with my wife, Nancy, about hitting the jackpot in the lottery. No, I do not play the lottery! God is my source and (more…)