Depending On God

Depending On Our Father   I’ve been reading a helpful little book on prayer called Enjoying Your Prayer Life by Michael Reeves. It is actually more of a booklet with short chapters. It can easily be used as part of one’s morning devotions.In his chapter titled Depending on God, Reeves says, “Being a Christian is…

Acceptable Prayer

Acceptable Prayer   The Christian life individually and corporately is about pleasing God. And pleasing God is about living by the terms that he is set. But often this is not how Christians approach God. For instance, we often give our opinion about public worship. “Oh I loved that song”,  “The sermon was excellent,” or…

Acceptable to the Lord

Acceptable to Lord The Heidelberg Catechism contains a section on prayer in which the question is asked,  What belongs to such prayer which is acceptable to God and which He will hear (Q/A 117)? This question may offend some who assume that God accepts all prayer. In today’s pluralistic environment it is often assumed that…

Why Did the Son Come to Earth?

  Why Did the Son Come to Earth? One of the reasons the Son of God came to earth was to reveal the Father’s love of the world. He is the supreme revealer of God. No one has seen God, but the only begotten Son has made him known (John 1:18). One of the most…

Praying for Our King

Praying for Our King That seems odd to us but praying for the king is what we find the congregation doing here in the first half of Psalm 20: May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!  2 May he send you help…

Death is Gain

The Christian’s Gain at Death   For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21)  Strange way to talk is it not—“death is gain”? One could be offended by this seemingly cavalier statement. It is inappropriate in light of the awful reality of death. Death—it is loss, separation, the end,…

How to Have Harmony in a Congregation

An emphasis on sound doctrine will unite Christian in a single confession. Truth unites! Yet there must not only be a unifying confession, but unifying ethical qualities. Unity is not only about what a church believes, but how a church loves. One thing is for certain church unity is not optional. Look how Paul, by…

Suffering for Christ is a Gift

The Gift of Suffering For Christ   For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have (Philippians 1:29-30; ESV) Did you…

Ministry of Forgivness

The Ministry of Forgiveness The core of the Christian ministry is the forgiveness and retaining of sin. While puzzling to some; Jesus says as much in John 20:2 If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.” These words seem odd. After all no one…

The Forgotten Virture

The Forgotten Virtue Reading a volume of “Letters of Spiritual Counsel” by Martin Luther, I was struck by the words of one Luther’s associates who described the reformer’s practice when visiting the sick and dying. Luther would approach the sick man, bend down to him and first enquire the man’s his sickness. Then he would…