When I Fall, I Will Rise
Jul 24, 1988
Since we sin against God every day, we should be broken; and, since the throne of God is a throne of grace, we should be bold.
Jun 6, 1988
Below you see the average Sunday morning worship attendance of the first 21 weeks of each year since 1988. These numbers do not include the children in the nursery What can we learn from this? 1) We have broken out…
Unless You Repent You Will All Likewise Perish
Jun 5, 1988
The lesson of tragedies is "Get right with God."
Walk in Wisdom Toward Those Outside
May 29, 1988
Every hour of your life brings a situation that can be bought up for eternity or missed.
Seeking People on the Stretch for God
May 23, 1988
We are partners with the Holy Spirit and should be alert to those who are beginning to be awakened by his grace.
Christ's Purpose in Evangelism
May 22, 1988
God wants people who welcome his strategic interruptions and surprises.
The Calls Accepted
May 16, 1988
The church voted on April 21 to call Laurel Bisset as Interim Minister for Children for one year beginning July 1. On April 24 the church voted to call Dan Lehn as Business Administrator beginning May 16. We have now…
Ready to Move with the Gospel of Peace
May 15, 1988
Giving the gospel away is one of the best ways of experiencing its power in your own life.
Raising Children Who Hope in the Triumph of God
May 8, 1988
Our great challenge is to be the kind of church and the kind of parents that raise up children who hope in the triumph of God.
The Necessity of Perseverance in Faith and the Assurance of Salvation
May 2, 1988
Perseverance and assurance are maintained by taking both the promises and threats of Scripture seriously.
He Must Manage His Household Well
May 1, 1988
Being responsible parents is a serious business. Far more serious than most of us think.
An Open Letter to the Lady of My Life
Apr 25, 1988
Fifteen things Pastor John appreciates about Noël.
The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Future of a Fruitless Field
Apr 24, 1988
One of the ways God causes us to persevere in faith and be saved is by warning us that we could make shipwreck of our faith and be lost.
O Cross of Christ, My Liberty and Power!
Apr 18, 1988
The cross remains precious to us because we continually find new reasons why we need its power.
The Doctrine of Perseverance
The Earnest Pursuit of Assurance
Apr 17, 1988
If we want to realize full assurance and hope, we must exercise the organ of faith to empower energized obedience.
The Pastor as Theologian
Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards
Apr 15, 1988
My topic is "The Pastor as Theologian, Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards." One of Edwards' books, written back in 1742, was recently reissued with an Introduction by Charles Colson. Colson wrote The western church –…
Monday Morning Meditation on Thirst
Apr 11, 1988
A spring satisfies thirst not by removing the need you have for water, but by being there to drink from when you get thirsty.
The Danger of Dull Hearing
Apr 10, 1988
Either we press on toward the inheritance or we drift back toward destruction. There is no third option.
We Need to Talk and Pray
An Invitation to an Open Forum and a Reminder to Pray
Apr 4, 1988
Great things continue to happen at Bethlehem but, of course, that doesn’t mean everything is easy or that everything is as it should be. A week ago Tuesday we took a day away as a staff and spent some time…
He Must Reign
Apr 3, 1988
The great word of the resurrection is OPEN! Therefore write in capital letters over every closed door in your life, OPEN!
Being Loved by Christ
Mar 31, 1988
Jesus' love for his people is wonderfully durable, distinct, and deep.
Why Do You Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?
Mar 28, 1988
Why is “because the Bible tells me so” less acceptable these days than “because the scientists tell me so”?
The Gallows and the Gift of Life
Mar 27, 1988
An allegory of a man in a prison called “conviction” and how he got out.
Char Ransom Returns Next Fall to Public School Teaching
Mar 21, 1988
Char and I have talked about this for months. A couple of times I think I succeeded in persuading her that staying was best. But this time she was more sure about the wisdom of returning to public school teaching…
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