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Overview of Suffering from a Biblical Perspective

Overview of Suffering from a Biblical Perspective

BIG IDEA: EMBRACE SUFFERING AS THE WILL OF GOD TO ACCOMPLISH HIS SOVEREIGN PURPOSESINTRODUCTION:The scope of suffering addressed here does not include suffering for doing wrong; divine discipline for sin; etc. – even though all suffering is connected to some extent...
Truth Floats My Boat

Truth Floats My Boat

Accompaniments of Truth Psalm 85:10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.Exodus 34:6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger,...
The Moon is Always Round — Jonathan Gibson

The Moon is Always Round — Jonathan Gibson

My wife and I recently bought this book to read to our young grandchildren. It is such a simple concept that is so memorably illustrated. Without any heavy preaching, you can relate to the message that God is always good even when we don’t understand some of the hard...
Movie Recommendation: I STILL BELIEVE – Jeremy Camp story

Movie Recommendation: I STILL BELIEVE – Jeremy Camp story

I would highly recommend the recent movie I STILL BELIEVE – chronicling the faith journey of Christian musician Jeremy Camp’s romance with his first wife, Melissa, who ended up dying of cancer shortly after their honeymoon. It is definitely a tearjerker and holds your...
Understanding Who You Are

Understanding Who You Are

[Originally posted June 8, 2005]Some people like to debate whether “we are sinners because we sin” or whether “we sin because we are sinners by nature.” The Bible is clear on this subject. Although God created Adam and Eve without sin, once they chose to disobey God’s...
Seeker Service Violates Fundamental Principles Of Separation

Seeker Service Violates Fundamental Principles Of Separation

[Originally posted August 8, 2005]“Separation” is one of those theological principles that has fallen out of favor in today’s inclusive-oriented culture. Advocates of separation are immediately branded as narrow-minded and intolerant and divisive and out of touch with...
Danger Of Preaching Becoming Too Philosophical

Danger Of Preaching Becoming Too Philosophical

[Originally posted August 28, 2005]There is a reason the Apostle Paul warned the Colossians not to mess around with “philosophy and empty deception” (Colossians 2:8). The most effective preachers historically have been those who “put the cookies on the lower shelf” —...
Spurgeon’s View On The Use Of Commentaries

Spurgeon’s View On The Use Of Commentaries

Many people disparage the use of any outside commentaries – claiming that the preacher should develop his messages on his knees with nothing but an open Bible and fervent prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. While I believe that such a posture is the necessary...
1 Samuel 18-20  — Friendship is Priceless

1 Samuel 18-20 — Friendship is Priceless

[Originally posted May 6, 2008]The Singles group at Hope Bible Church met Tuesday night and compiled this quick study on the Model of Genuine Friendship patterned after the relationship between David and Jonathan. Before poring over the relevant texts in 1 Samuel and...
In Memory of Dwayne “Nic” Nicodemus

In Memory of Dwayne “Nic” Nicodemus

[First posted November 15,2008]Founder and Director — Christian Athletic AssociationAs a long time board member of the Christian Athletic Association, I just wanted to blog this tribute to Nic. I had the distinct privilege of being able to share some of my...
Luke 11:29-36  — How Coachable Are You?

Luke 11:29-36 — How Coachable Are You?

Sports analogies teach us valuable lessons in the spiritual realm. One trait that coaches value in a player is that they are truly coachable. Players need to concentrate on playing and let the coach concentrate on coaching . . . just as we need to let the ref...
ACTS — Prayer Acronym Aids in Balance and Focus

ACTS — Prayer Acronym Aids in Balance and Focus

Probably this simply memory device has been helpful in the prayer lives of many. We tend to become unbalanced in rushing right to the throne of grace for answers to our every need. We need to spend time focusing on the other important elements of prayer. Here is my...
Psalm 22:11  — Keeping God Between Us and Trouble

Psalm 22:11 — Keeping God Between Us and Trouble

What types of troubles have you been experiencing lately? We know that believers are not immune to the troubles of this world. In addition to the inevitable persecution because of our association with Jesus Christ, there are the normal types of trials and hardships...
Psalm 49:8  — Redemption is Costly

Psalm 49:8 — Redemption is Costly

“For the redemption of his soul is costly” I am reminded of the old TV commercial campaign for Mastercard centered around the “Priceless” theme.Do you remember the very first “Priceless” commercial in 1997? A dad takes his son to a baseball game and pays for a hot dog...