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  • Welcome to Walking Points

    August 17, 2019 by

    Thanks for stopping by the blog. In the Bible, the term, “walking,” is often used to describe the direction and health of one’s faith and relationship with God. Thus, various folks in Scripture are said to have walked with God. Elsewhere, followers of Christ are encouraged to walk in the truth, according to God’s commandments,… Read more

  • The Kingdom Turn

    September 11, 2019 by

    I’m leading two studies on the Kingdom of God this Fall. I’m growing in my understanding of it, both from the men in the small groups I’m in, as well as my godly spiritual mentor, T.M. Moore. He has written a great deal on the Kingdom of God and I have the privilege of discussing… Read more

  • Making Jesus Cool

    September 9, 2019 by

    Making Jesus Cool But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. [28] He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, [29] so that no… Read more

  • 100 Godly Men

    August 28, 2019 by

    The Mission I’m on a mission. I’m searching for one hundred godly men. John Wesley once wrote in a letter… “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell… Read more

  • A World Without Christians

    August 28, 2019 by

    In Search of Just One Good Example  My wife and I have recently been making our way through a period drama on TV. We have enjoyed much of it, especially the first couple of seasons. I noticed in the third season the program started introducing Christians into the story, Methodists in particular. One ought to… Read more

  • Meeting Together for Healing

    August 26, 2019 by

    Flee from the Wrath to ComeDo you desire to flee from the wrath to come and be saved from your sins? Answering yes to that question was the only condition required for those who wanted to be admitted into the societies of a new movement of God in the 18th century, called, “Methodism.” Romans 8:1… Read more

  • Setting Up Hurdles

    August 26, 2019 by

    A Hurdle Too High Acts 16:31 – They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Dancing Angels A few years ago, I followed an intramural theological debate in print that, in my humble opinion, bordered dangerously close to the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.… Read more

  • Knowledge of Sin and Misery

    August 25, 2019 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 2 3.Question: From where do you know your sins and misery? Answer: From the law of God.[1] [1] Rom. 3: 20; 4. Question: What does God’s law require of us? Answer: Christ teaches us this in a summary in Matthew 22: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 2

    August 25, 2019 by

    Lord, we beseech thee, give ear to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our heart, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (Thomas Cranmer) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1·         Psalm 79:1-9 or Psalm 4·         1 Timothy 2:1-7·         Luke 16:1-13AdorationPsalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation,    for the glory… Read more

  • Being a Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy

    August 22, 2019 by

    2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; Acts 13 One-On-One DiscipleshipIn my reading over the years I’ve been often reminded of how important one-to-one ministry really is. As a man invests his life into the life of another man, real growth can occur in remarkable ways. This is one of the key ways our faith has been… Read more

  • God Will Provide

    August 20, 2019 by

    Selected verses from Genesis 22 A Test Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his son – the son of promise – the dear child Abraham and Sarah had waited a century to have. It was this very son, Isaac, whom Abraham was to take to the mountaintop and sacrifice – to kill. Abraham obeyed. As Abraham… Read more

  • Your View of the World

    August 20, 2019 by

    2 Corinthians 10:5 – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, Puzzle Pieces and Movie Scripts Everyone has a worldview. It may be well thought-out, logical and coherent or it may be loosely thrown together and disorganized, but everyone has one.… Read more

  • Here for the Cookies

    August 19, 2019 by

    Read Luke 15:11-32 God Can Use Cookies A few years ago one of the men of our church shared with me his experience of the prison ministry retreat he had just been a part of. One of the things he told me was that, because the prisoners don’t often get to eat any sweets in prison, many of… Read more

  • 3 Questions for Men

    August 19, 2019 by

    John 1:38a – Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” What Are You Seeking?·         Where are you going?·         How are you going to get there?·         How will you know when you’re there? A few of years ago I received a newsletter from Len Sykes. Len is a godly man who… Read more

  • Kingdom Reformation

    August 18, 2019 by

    Matthew 6:10 – Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. God, Grant Us Reformation In his book, Hot Tub Religion, J.I. Packer makes this observation, “…we look at the church of our day and say, ‘We need another reformation.’ But do we know what we are saying? …We… Read more

  • Walking Points Bible Studies

    August 18, 2019 by

    About the Walking Points Bible Study Series Walking Points Bible Study Series In the Bible, the word “walk” or “walking” is often a metaphor for one’s faith and relationship with God, as well as a right pattern of living. The purpose of the Walking Points Series is to help followers of Christ draw from Scripture,… Read more

  • My Only Comfort in Life and Death

    August 18, 2019 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 1 *Guilt * Grace * Gratitude 1. Question: What is your only comfort in life and death? Answer: That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood,… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 1

    August 18, 2019 by

    “Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your thoughts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows.” (Richard Baxter) Adoration Psalm 27:4One thing have I asked of the Lord,    that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house… Read more

  • Men at Work

    August 17, 2019 by

    One of the men in our men’s ministry began his talk several years ago by introducing himself as an ordained lawyer. That was the point he and I were trying to drive home to our men that morning… to think of themselves as ordained ________ (fill in the blank with whatever it is that they… Read more

  • The Shepherds are Few

    August 17, 2019 by

    Matthew 9:35-38 – Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. [36] When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. [37] Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is… Read more

  • Pass It On

    August 17, 2019 by

    Psalm 22:4-5, 30-31 – In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. …Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn – for he has done it. Spiritual ReproductionIt has been said… Read more

  • Your Legacy to Your Children

    August 17, 2019 by

    You Will Leave A LegacyWhat legacy are we leaving to our children and to our children’s children? 2 Kings 17:40-41 gives us a frightening glimpse of what it could be if we are not faithful and vigilant. Take in these sobering words, 2 Kings 17:40-41 – They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. [41]… Read more

  • A Faithful Witness

    August 17, 2019 by

    Rule Rage In Psalm 2, the nations are depicted as raging against God’s rule. Such rebellion still exists in our day. On the personal level, the constitutional nature of each person has not changed since Psalm 2 was written. Individuals are still, in their fallen condition, at enmity with and rebellion against God and his… Read more

  • Pursuing Scriptural Holiness

    August 17, 2019 by

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Our True Rule The United Methodist Church, by way of its denominational standard, addresses the sufficiency of Scripture. The… Read more

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