Prayer at Harvest Time: Now!
Jan 3, 1982Before God enables his people to bring in a harvest, he pours out a Spirit of prayer upon them. The surest sign that God is about to send power upon us is a great movement of prayer in our midst.
How Much Is Jesus Worth?
Jan 10, 1982Your power to give a compassionate witness about Jesus is in direct proportion to how precious Jesus is to you.
Flesh Tank and Peashooter Regulations
Jan 17, 1982Legalism is a more dangerous disease than alcoholism because it doesn't look like one.
Jesus Is Precious Because His Biblical Portrait Is True, Part 1
Feb 7, 1982If the church has no compelling reasons for believing the biblical portrait of Jesus, then we are acting like well-trained animals who can be turned this way and that by arbitrary incentives.
Jesus Is Precious Because His Biblical Portrait Is True, Part 2
Feb 14, 1982If you ever meet a man who cares nothing for the praise and approval of men (Mark 12:14), but whose one controlling desire is to glorify God whom he loves with all his heart, believe that man. He is true.
Jesus Is Precious Because He Removes Our Guilt
Feb 21, 1982Turn away from all the intellectual, physical, and religious tactics the world uses to evade its guilt, and rest in Jesus.
Jesus Is Precious Because Through Him We Become Authentic
Mar 14, 1982We don't have a deep sense of peace and fulfillment when we have successfully deluded everybody about who we really are or what we really feel or think. There is a deep (and I believe God-given) longing to be authentic, not to be hypocrites.
Jesus Is Precious as the Foundation of the Family
Mar 21, 1982Trusting Christ as Savior, surrendering to him as Lord, and orienting all of your family relations on him, transforms the home into a little heaven on earth.
He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem
Apr 4, 1982Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. Jesus saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake.
The Third Word from the Cross
Apr 9, 1982When Jesus commits his mother to John's care, he is showing us how our needs will be met when we leave everything to follow him.
Believe in Your Heart That God Raised Jesus from the Dead
Apr 11, 1982Faith never says, "The righteousness that leads to life is inaccessible." But faith recognizes its own helplessness and gladly accepts this righteousness as a gift from God.
A Celebration of Baptism
Apr 18, 1982What counts in the new people is not who your parents are but whom you live for; and therefore a new symbol for the new covenant people is given, baptism.
Confirm Your Election
May 2, 1982If the knowledge of God's glorious promises does not spur us on to strive against the tide, then we will be barren and fruitless and drift to our destruction.
Listen to the Eyewitness of His Majesty
May 9, 1982The difference between mythical speculations and Christian faith is history. Our doctrines are not the result of clever head-work. They are the result of historical observation.
Men Moved by the Holy Spirit Spoke from God
May 16, 1982The meaning of Scripture does not change with every new reader or every new reading. It cannot be twisted to mean whatever we like. It is what it is, unchanging and unending.
Destruction Is not Sleeping
May 23, 1982Even though the rebellious and the licentious today may think they are safe, they should learn that "from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction is not sleeping."
Where Is the Promise of His Appearing?
Jun 6, 1982Confident expectation of a new world of righteousness empowers us to live for peace and purity in the present.
What Sort of Persons Ought You To Be?
Jun 13, 1982A life lived for the world will go naked into judgment; a life lived for Christ will be laden with eternal riches.
Who Made Man's Mouth?
Aug 1, 1982How different, how wonderful the use of our mouths would be if we lived by faith in the God who made the mouth and not by sight—by looking at our own clumsy tongue.
He Will Send His Angel Before You
Aug 8, 1982We can know God's will and maintain trust in his help, if we are familiar with the trajectories of his Word.
Fear Not, You Worm Jacob!
Aug 22, 1982The good news of the Bible is not that we are not worms, but that God helps worms who trust him.
God Works for Those Who Wait for Him
Sep 5, 1982If God undertakes to work for us, he cannot fail. He will succeed in providing all we need.
Calling all Clay Pots
A Celebration of Ministry
Sep 12, 1982Every Christian has received a gift from God which he is responsible to use for the good of the church and for the glory of God.
Discipline in the Christian College: Can it be Redemptive?
Sep 16, 1982The Question In order to understand the question, we must define at least two of the key terms more precisely. The term "discipline" may mean the rigorous training or instruction by which knowledge or character is inculcated into a disciple…
The Locust Horde and the Day of the Lord
Sep 19, 1982God will fight against us and clog the joy of our lives until we return with our whole heart to him. For his purpose is to be God alone in the midst of his people.
The Poor of the Land and the Pride of Jacob
Oct 10, 1982Conversion isn't just changing your mind but exchanging the love of comfort for the love of goodness and justice.
And All the Earth Shall Own Him Lord
Festival of Mission
Oct 24, 1982In order to be acclaimed Messiah and Lord, the Son of God had to come, defeat the enemy, and lead his people out of bondage in triumph over sin and Satan and death. And that he did on Good Friday and Easter.
Eagle Edom Will Come Down
Nov 7, 1982The violent nation will not boast forever. Very soon the recompense will come, and after that all the nations will render an account to God.
Go and Make Disciples, Baptizing Them...
Nov 14, 1982When we make disciples, we bid people to come and die to their old, destructive ways and to live for Jesus, who loved them and gave himself for them.
Cry of Distress and Voice of Thanks
The Prayer of Jonah
Nov 21, 1982The belly of a fish hardly seems like salvation. But it was.
There Shall Be a Fountain Opened
Dec 5, 1982The fountain of forgiveness has been opened for you. And if you cleanse yourself through faith in that fountain, all the subsequent promises to God's people are yours.
From Bethlehem in the Majesty of the Name of the Lord
Dec 12, 1982God uses little towns and youngest sons and slingshots to magnify his glory by contrast, to show that he is not the least dependent on human glory or greatness or achievement.
You Shall Go Forth Leaping Like Calves
Dec 19, 1982Christ came at Christmas to build a bridge across the chasm of sin to eternal life, but the name of the bridge is purity. The only way to eternal life is along the path of sanctification.