Pastor Note #77: Funerals and the Growing Number of Non-believing Neighbors

Opportunities to represent my congregation in ministry in our community present themselves to me from time to time.  For example, along with the pastor of the local Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and I will be involved in the opening ceremonies for the local township fall festival later this month.  Although I was out of … Continue reading Pastor Note #77: Funerals and the Growing Number of Non-believing Neighbors

Bible Note #22: Facing the Evil

Facing the Evil The year 1944.  The place, Nazi-occupied Poland.  The narrator, Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Jewish psychiatrist from Austria. Fifteen hundred people had been traveling by train for several days and nights:  there were eighty people in each coach.  All had to lie on top of their luggage, the few remnants of their personal … Continue reading Bible Note #22: Facing the Evil

Quote of Note #20: Love

"If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love.  You see what has happened?  A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more … Continue reading Quote of Note #20: Love

Quote of Note #19: Gracious Help to those in Need

"If anyone . . . appears before you who is in need of your kind services, you have no reason to refuse him your help. Suppose he is a stranger; yet the Lord has pressed his own stamp on him and made him as one of your family, and he forbids you to despise your … Continue reading Quote of Note #19: Gracious Help to those in Need

Bible Note #21: Proverbs 14:31–The Heart of God and the Poor

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  Proverbs 14:31 [NIV] We have here an antithetical parallelism.  The two halves of the couplet contrast with each other, and in that way the writer shows us one key truth by showing us both sides of the … Continue reading Bible Note #21: Proverbs 14:31–The Heart of God and the Poor

Quotes of Note #18: Christian Speech

"The Bible's standard for speech is incredibly high.  Every word that comes across a Christian's lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear.  There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech--a believer's mouth must always be on … Continue reading Quotes of Note #18: Christian Speech

Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

"The Lord commands us to do good unto all men without exception, though the majority are very undeserving when judged according to their own merits.  But Scripture here helps us out with an excellent argument when it teaches us that we must not think of man's real value, but only of his creation in the … Continue reading Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

Pastor Note #76: Citizenship in the Only Christian Nation on Earth

I am a Christian who happens to be an American.  I am not an American who happens to be a Christian.  For me the distinction drawn in those two statements is very important.  My commitment and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ is sovereign over all other commitments and relationships in my life. My identity … Continue reading Pastor Note #76: Citizenship in the Only Christian Nation on Earth

Prayer Note #58–Burnishing my Clay

Father of my hope:  in life and in death I belong to you; in righteousness and sin, in the light and in the darkness, in all times and in all places, I am yours. I want the fullness of your Spirit.  I want to be filled to overflowing.  I want to know you, not as … Continue reading Prayer Note #58–Burnishing my Clay