In a previous post, I wrote about whether or not God calls us to be faithful or fruitful. In that post, my contention was that God calls us to both. In being faithful to Jesus, I argued, we will see fruit in life, ministry, and our relationship with God. So, to dig a bit deeper … Continue reading Word Study: “Fruit” in the New Testament
I don't naturally tend toward humility, in any sense, but I know that that is where my highest joy lies. O, that Christ would increase, and that I would decrease.
Quite often lately, I have heard the phrase, "God calls us to be faithful, not fruitful." Working as a campus minister in the Midwest, we can pull that statement out to make us feel good about ourselves when moralistic college students don't respond to the gospel. There are two ways to interpret this sentence. One … Continue reading Does God Really Only Call Us to Be Faithful, Not Fruitful?
From Bob Kauflin: 1. Aim to write the next worldwide worship hit. 2. Spend all your time working on the music, not the words. 3. Spend all your time working on the words, not the music. 4. Don’t consider the range and capabilities of the average human voice. 5. Never let anyone alter the way … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Write Bad Worship Songs
Sometimes in reading of the word, God makes a man stay on something that cuts him to the heart, and shakes him as to his present condition. More frequently in the hearing of the word preached -- his great ordinance for conviction, conversion, and edification -- does he meet with men. God often hews men … Continue reading The Power of God’s Word in Killing Sin
In Mark 6:31, after the apostles had returned from their missionary journey, Jesus said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." This shows the importance of taking time to reflect, get away to isolation, and simply be with God one-on-one. We call this Sabbath. The "Sabbath" in Christianity … Continue reading Servanthood and Sabbath
In Psalm 147:11, we read, "But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love." We are called to both fear God and hope in him. John Piper points out in his book The Pleasures of God that, usually, for us in life it is either one … Continue reading Fearing and Hoping in God
[Religious people] combat without victory, have war without peace, and are in slavery all their days. They spend their strength for that which is not bread, and their labor for that which profits not [Isa. 55:2]. This is the saddest warfare that any poor creature can be engaged in. A soul under the power of … Continue reading The Despair of Religion
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. - Psalm 90:1-2