Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger
Children, including teenagers, should treat their parents with respect (Ephesians 6:2). But it cuts both ways. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). Of course children can get angry for no good reason. But the point is:…Continue Reading
Five Ways to Make God Known at Work
Pastor John from 1988:
I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ…
There is a Global Gladness to Be Had
I assume you are like me. I know (in my head) that my joy enlarges with significant engagement in world missions. But I drift away from this engagement and this joy. It takes a biography or a message or a…Continue Reading
An Elder Qualification We Often Forget
Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership
Pastor John from 1981:
There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.
First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me,…
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).
The story behind your existence is wilder than any story…Continue Reading
How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering
John Flavel, in 1678, instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:
Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all…
The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea
For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has…Continue Reading
Pastors, What Kind of Legacy Do You Hope to Leave?
There are several aspects to biblical preaching and each preacher is more inclined to one than another. As you continue to learn and be balanced by the strengths of other pastors, what is the heart of your preaching ministry that…Continue Reading