Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

From Digital Camera to Bird Songs When I got my first digital camera, photography opened up for me in a new and exciting way.  In the old days of film photography, every time you took a picture, it cost you half a dollar for the film and the processing.  That could run into money pretty … Continue reading Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

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Pastor Note #81: The Problem with Hymns

Recently, in an on-line discussion forum for pastors in the Reformed tradition, I read a complaint by one of the participants that he could not comprehend the appeal of what are sometimes called “7-11” songs – praise choruses that, it is claimed, are seven words long and are repeated over and over eleven times.  He … Continue reading Pastor Note #81: The Problem with Hymns

Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

"Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice [Ephesians 4:30-32] are characteristic of words that qualify as ungracious speech.  These are forbidden vices that grieve the Holy Spirit.  God has a personal concern that His children use their speech in kind and merciful ways and not at all in ways that are harmful: 'But love … Continue reading Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16

“[F]or the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 [ESV] I’ve been coming back to this verse a lot in the past couple of weeks.  It’s helped me a lot in thinking about grace, sanctification, and the life of following Jesus.  To fallen people living in … Continue reading Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16

Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

"The Spirit which Jesus promised would lead his followers 'into all truth' is very actively at work wherever he is allowed.  Some of his work is painful in the extreme.  There has often to be the breaking-up of old ways of thinking, the expansion of responsibility, and the checking of priorities.  Anyone who opens his … Continue reading Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

"Scripture urges and warns us that whatever favors we may have received from the Lord, we have received them as a trust on condition that they should be applied to the common benefit of the church.  The legitimate use of the Lord's favors is liberally and kindly to share them with others.  You cannot imagine … Continue reading Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

Quote of Note #41: Love

"If you ask twenty good men today what they thought the highest of virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you asked almost 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 … Continue reading Quote of Note #41: Love

Quote of Note #40: Humility and the Defeat of Demonic Strongholds

"Satan fears virtue.  He is terrified of humility; he hates it.  He sees a humble person, and it sends chills down his back.  His hair stands up when Christians kneel down, for humility is the surrender of the soul to God.  The devil trembles before the meek because, in the very areas where he once … Continue reading Quote of Note #40: Humility and the Defeat of Demonic Strongholds

Quote of Note #39: The Guilt of Sin, the Power of Sin, and the Presence of Sin

"When cleansing is mentioned in the Bible in connection with the blood, it is always cleansing from guilt.  Cleansing from the power of sin and the presence of sin is by the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the living, in-dwelling Christ.  Christ on the cross saves from the guilt of sin; Christ on … Continue reading Quote of Note #39: The Guilt of Sin, the Power of Sin, and the Presence of Sin

Pastor Note #80: Conversation with an Angry World

A few days ago, I received a message on Facebook from an acquaintance of mine.  He had sent the message to a bunch of people.  In my opinion, it was quite a politically inflammatory message.  Accompanying the statement was the challenge, “If you don’t share this message on Facebook, you aren’t a true America.”  This … Continue reading Pastor Note #80: Conversation with an Angry World