Category Archives: Discipleship

Self-Preservation & Jesus

A man interviewed for a job at a famous art gallery that housed dozens of priceless masterpieces. As part of the interview process, he was asked, “If a fire broke out in this gallery and you could only save one … Continue reading

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Jesus As a Friend?

In the 15th chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus makes a point of explaining to His remaining 11 apostles that He will now call them “friends” rather than “servants.” He says to them: Greater love has no one than … Continue reading

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Church Attendance Through the Ages

I’m a pastor, and so the goal of writing a blog post that gives anybody an excuse to attend church less is pretty far down my “to do” list. With that said, however, I would like for us to have … Continue reading

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A Profound Question

A missionary was once asked if he liked his work in Africa. His reply was as follows: Do I like this work? No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Choices, Church, Church Attendance, Commitment, Discipleship, Doing Good, Dying To Self, Giving, God's Will, God's Work, Influence, Love, Mercy, Ministry, Prosperity, Sacrifice, Service, Stewardship, Suffering, Sunday School, Witnessing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Filling In the Gaps of My Learning

I grew up in a small, rural, conservative Southern Baptist Convention church. I believed in Jesus as my Savior at a young age, was baptized, and joined the church. I went to Sunday School just about every Sunday and stayed … Continue reading

Posted in Adversity, Bible Study, Children, Church, Disappointment, Discipleship, God's Omnipotence, Parenting, Persecution, Perseverance, Personal, Prayer Requests, Problems, Scripture, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering, The Bible, Trials, Trusting In God | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Every Christian A Saint?

Christianity offers a whole list of strange words that all end with the letters “t-i-o-n.” We have: justification, regeneration, glorification, propitiation, imputation, predestination, and transfiguration. One little boy, whose parents made him go to church every Sunday, got into trouble … Continue reading

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God Loves the Word “Through”

Have you ever noticed that God absolutely loves the word “through”? Take Isaiah 43:2, for example, where He says to Israel: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow … Continue reading

Posted in Adversity, Attitude, Disappointment, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, God's Provision, Needs, Patience, Perseverance, Problems, Spiritual Warfare, Teaching, Trials, Trusting In God, Waiting, Worry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment