• The Cause of Our Sin and Misery

    January 19, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 3 6. Question: Did God, then, create man so wicked and perverse? Answer: No, on the contrary, God created man good[1] and in His image,[2] that is, in true righteousness and holiness,[3] so that he might rightly know God His Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness to praise and… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 3

    January 19, 2020 by

    As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray. (Martin Luther) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15·         Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16·         1 Timothy 6:6-19·         Luke 16:19-31AdorationPsalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will abide in the… Read more

  • Knowledge of Sin and Misery

    January 12, 2020 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

    January 12, 2020 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

  • Beware of Double-Mindedness

    January 8, 2020 by

    James 1:8 – he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. How Wide are the Gaps? Let me ask you a few questions that relate to this issue of being double-minded. ·     Are you the same person at home with your family as you are at church?·     Are you the same person at church as… Read more

  • Growing in Grace

    January 7, 2020 by

    This booklet is the second in a series on basic discipleship principles for men. Becoming a new creature in Christ is just the beginning of our walk with Christ, not the end of it. God wants to do more in our lives than save us for eternity, as wonderful as that will be. He wants… Read more

  • Spiritual Goals 2020

    January 6, 2020 by

    Spiritual Goals 2020 Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. There is so much opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ together… * To know him better* To love him more* To become more like him, and* To follow him more faithfully in every sphere of our lives. That’s very… Read more

  • Why Return to Worldly Principles?

    January 6, 2020 by

    Galatians 4:9 – But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? A Change of Address When we lived in darkness – when we were of the world – it made perfect sense that… Read more

  • A Prayer of Thanksgiving

    January 5, 2020 by

    O Lord, we give you thanks that you have not left us in the dark to grope blindly through this world. Instead, in your grace and love you have given us your commandments. Help us keep them to the end. Enable us, in your strength, to keep your law and observe it with all our… Read more

  • My Only Comfort in Life and Death

    January 5, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 1 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, and has set me free… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Day 1

    January 5, 2020 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

  • Books on Prayer

    January 3, 2020 by

    A Little Help for a Friend A friend once asked me to suggest a good book or two on prayer. I decided it might be worth a blog post with a few thoughts on the subject sprinkled throughout. This list is by no means comprehensive. It’s not necessarily even the best list. But it’s a list… Read more

  • Work Matters

    January 3, 2020 by

    Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Workby Tom NelsonChapter Highlights Below are some of the highlights from the first chapter of a great book entitled, Work Matters by Tom Nelson. I would encourage you to buy this book and read it a couple of times if you’ve ever spent much time thinking about the intersection of your work… Read more

  • Take Jesus at His Word

    January 2, 2020 by

    John 4:50 – Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. If the Royal Official CouldThe royal official didn’t first wait for a miracle before he believed. He didn’t wait for Jesus to first “prove himself” worthy of trust. He took Jesus at his word.… Read more

  • Be Still and Wait

    December 24, 2019 by

    Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. That Which I Want to Do I want to speak up. I want to defend myself. I want to act. Perhaps there is a proper time and place for this, but most of the… Read more

  • Born for This

    December 23, 2019 by

    A Christmas Baby On a Christmas day, 54 years ago, I was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Two nuns cleaned me up and brought me to my mom and dad in a Christmas stocking. My birth meant a lot to my mom and dad (or so they have led me to… Read more

  • Tips for Husbands: Communication

    December 9, 2019 by

    Several years ago I worked through Stuart Scott’s book, The Exemplary Husband, with a few folks from my church. We were moving along pretty well until we arrived at the chapter on communication. Yikes…I’ve got a long way to go before I reach mediocre, much less exemplary, regarding how well I communicate with my wife. Now,… Read more

  • Advent: Day 8

    December 9, 2019 by

    Read 2 Peter 3:3-15 God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I give you praise and thanks for the coming of Jesus into this world. And just as assuredly, O Lord, I wait expectantly for his return. It’s true, some in this world will scoff at this idea. “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”… Read more

  • Becoming Faithful Men

    December 5, 2019 by

    I just started reading Gene Getz’s book, The Measure of a Man: 20 Attributes of A Godly Man. I immediately thought it was something I wanted to share with the men of our church family. The need for such a book seems obvious. Boys are rapidly growing up in this world without learning what it means to be… Read more

  • God's Love

    December 5, 2019 by

    In his Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem writes, “God’s love means that God eternally gives of himself to others. This definition understands love as self-giving for the benefit of others. This attribute of God shows that it is part of his nature to give of himself in order to bring about blessing or good for others.”… Read more

  • Advent: Day 5

    December 5, 2019 by

    Read Isaiah 43:1-21 Loving God, you created us in your own image. And yet we have each turned our own way. We have rebelled against your love. However, even in the midst of our sin and rebellion, you pursue us. We praise you for this, O Lord. In the past you rescued and redeemed your… Read more

  • A Prayer for Our Day's Work

    December 4, 2019 by

    O God, who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labor, and who, by thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect: Look with mercy upon all our work, studies, and endeavors. Grant us, O Lord, to design only what is lawful and right; afford us calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that we may… Read more

  • Men at Work

    December 4, 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

  • Advent: Day 4

    December 4, 2019 by

    Read John 18:33-37 King Jesus, I worship, love, and follow you. You are not only a king, or the king, but you are my King. Others talk about you. They claim you are only a good teacher, prophet, moralist, or political revolutionary. But you are vastly more than this. You are God in the flesh.… Read more

  • Advent: Day 3

    December 3, 2019 by

    Read Psalm 131 Lord, I put all my confidence in you and not myself or the things of this world. My hope is in you. I don’t have to know all the answers because I know you do. You are sovereign, all-loving and good, and all-wise. My confidence is in you. Please remove my impulse… Read more

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