A Word of Grace from a Dead Baptist Preacher

“I have always felt, in my own mind, that it was one of the clearest proofs that I had God’s forgiveness of my many sins, when I was trusted to preach the gospel. I should think that, if a prodigal came back to his father, the old gentleman would kiss him, and receive him, and rejoice greatly over him; but the next Saturday, the market-day, the old gentleman would say, ‘I cannot send young William to market; that would be putting temptation in his way. Here, John, you have always been with me; go to market, and buy and sell for me, for all that I have is thine. William, you stay at home with me.’ He might not let him see all that he meant, but he would say to himself, ‘Dear boy, he is hardly fit for that great trust; I love him, but still I hardly dare trust him as much as that.’ But see what my Lord did with me; when I came home to him Continue reading

Go Ahead, Be the Salt

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Christ reminds believers that we are the “salt of the earth.” Salt has always been a key component in the history of our world. Roman soldiers were paid a portion of their annual salary with salt. (Think of the phrase, ‘not worth his salt’.) History tells us that caravans would travel the desert trading salt for gold, ounce for ounce. Salt was used in the building of Continue reading

Japan Update by Phil & Debbie Melton

Japan has a long history of dealing with both earthquakes and tsunami…

[津波–from “tsu” meaning “port” or “harbor” and “nami” meaning “wave.]

…but none quite so large or as devastating as the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that followed on March 11.  In general it was less of a wave and more of a spilling over of the ocean onto land in a massive influx of seawater that knocked out farms, ripped houses from their foundations, and tossed around cars like toys.

Whole towns were wiped out.  3.8 million households lost power.  Continue reading

A Steward of Trust

Scandals within one of the largest religions in the world has dominated headlines off and on for the past five years or so. Regularly the new reports other well-known religious personalities who have been ousted from their positions because of questionable ethics or morals. As is often the case the greatest aftershock from a breach of confidence is a lack of trust.

One of the greatest responsibilities we have as believers is the stewardship of trust. That is, when we posture ourselves to speak on behalf of God and His Bible, Continue reading

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Helpful Thoughts on Bible Reading

A college friend and fellow pastor, Matt Hoskinson, wrote a series of blog posts last fall that I came across that were a real help to me. One or two are dated because we’re well into 2011 but there are helpful ideas and timely reminders that we need:

  1. Bible Reading in 2011
  2. Dangers Within (this was the most challenging post for me)
  3. Sitting Down
  4. Reading
  5. Plans
  6. Final Thoughts

Eat Food, Grow Relationships, Give the Gospel

Some of Jesus best Gospel messages didn’t come in a formal, monologue format. Many of His best Gospel messages came around the dinner table.

Matthew 9:9-12  And as Jesus…saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Continue reading