Judah's "ace in the hole" was Solomon's temple in Jerusalem. They reasoned that they were invulnerable since God lived there. The prophet Jeremiah taught that religion is more than a building.
Authority brings “law and order” to those subjecting themselves to that authority. And, the authority bears the sword as a “minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.”
Everyone won’t get it, but for those of us who are believers, those of us who have been forgiven, we know that forgiveness must be a part of the solution.
The day was long, but around 7 p.m. we had worship. They were tired, we were tired, but they came with Bibles ready for God’s word. The Holy Spirit drew us together as we sang and worshiped Jesus Christ.
This week I read a disturbing article on social media by Kylee Marie Wilson titled, Why It is Okay That I’m Living With My Boyfriend Before Marriage. It has gone viral in young adult circles. Sadly, many are using this as justification for their behavior.
Our plans for this trip were to help the families with morning harvest of crops, afternoon Bible study, and evening worship. However, heavy rains the previous week set the harvesting back; and now, with good weather, the corn, peas and wheat must be gathered. Once again God adjusted us to his plans of building relationships.
A few weeks ago I heard a man ask a group of older people, “What’s wrong with America today?” Almost unanimously, the group answered: “Today’s youth. They are disrespectful. They only care about themselves. They won’t listen to us older folks.”
I vaguely remember the high school dating scene with multiple cases of “going steady” and break-ups. Some of these on-again, off-again relationships were hard to keep up with since they were on-again today and off-again tomorrow! I’ve thought lately that we need an ecclesiastical break-up service in the church.
With heightened rhetoric and intense divisions across our great nation, disagreements often get expressed in hateful terms, especially on social media where every voice, no matter how irrational or uninformed, carries as much volume as the next. But disagreement does not equate with hate. Or at least it shouldn’t.
As Southern Baptists, we embrace and encourage participating in North American Missions and International Missions. That is why we send teams to Gonzol, Ecuador.
A special part of VBS for me as a pastor has always been the classroom visits when I'm invited to the various rooms to teach that day’s Bible story. It's interesting to hear the boys' and girls' versions of familiar stories.
This is a simple yet powerful parable that remains timeless and reaches across the ages to be applied in daily life. Does this parable not apply to the Christian Church as well?
A young voter asked me Sunday, “Who are you voting for in November?” Apparently a famous Christian rapper said he would not vote because there were no acceptable candidates. That concerned me.
If we speak of the Holy Spirit at all, we speak of miraculous signs, wonders, healings, tongues, dream, visions, etc. Yet, all of those things pale in comparison to His grandest, most glorious work of all: imparting spiritual life to the dead soul.
A popular gospel song is titled, "Let's Just Praise the Lord." But one worship leader took issue with it -- a worship leader with great credibility in the evangelical world at that.
Churches in recent years have started relying on pre-arranged themed kits they order online or purchase at local Christian bookstores. The kits include music, craft ideas, decoration ideas, selected Bible verses and teaching plans.
It's always fitting to pause and remember the sacrifices of our veterans who ensure the freedoms we enjoy in America. Jesus likewise gave us a memorial to the cross of Calvary.
If we stop moving forward in our Christian lives, we lose ground. Perseverance is the key to victorious living. Perseverance is much better than a good start and a bad ending.
In a short span, I saw something torn down, and I saw something built up. This can be true of us, too, can’t it? We can be wrecking balls that tear down people. Or, we can be architects that build them up.