It is vitally important that qualified men of God lead the people of God to greater growth, spiritual health and Christlikeness - all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Without any doubt, people will be in heaven due to the love, leadership and lives of faithful elders. It has been my blessing and [...]
Here are eight practical questions to ask any would be elder (or for current elders to ask themselves too).
Twenty percent of all Greek New Testament words (or 1 in 5) occur fewer than fifty times. Danger or risk occurs eight times in 2 Corinthians 11:26. Revelation 21:20 contains 8 hapax legomena (words occurring only one time), the most for any verse in the New Testament. Only about 525 verses in the New Testament [...]
God has regulated worship. By this, I mean that God Himself has designated/prescribed in His Word both the avenues and attitudes He desires of those who draw near Him in worship (John 4:24). What follows is a checklist for improving our worship.
Even the best of people sometimes get discouraged. After all, even the sun has a “sinking spell,” doesn’t it? Discouragement can especially be prevalent in the work of the Lord, and for a variety of reasons. But at the heart of all the reasons should be the awareness that the Devil is not going to [...]
To say that James has a way of making a point is to be guilty of serious understatement! It is difficult to misunderstand him because of his rich way with words and the vivid, yet practical, illustrations he uses. James’ intention is obvious - he wants to drive home the necessity of living out our [...]
A look at the book of James reveals James as a fellow who knows how to make his point! He is a preacher, church leader and lover of the people of God - the church. The book is full of imperatives and exhortations to greater growth and maturity in Jesus, and James goes about this [...]
Low views of Scripture do not lead to high views of preaching, teaching or even hearing and learning God's word (See 1 Thessalonians 2:13). And the impact of such views can be devastating to families, churches, and souls. By low views of Scripture what is meant is any view that ultimately fails to see God [...]
It isn't uncommon to hear people ask, "How can I be a better Bible student?" Certainly, nothing in the world could be more important than knowing God and His will and using such knowledge to love Him more and serve Him better. While many helpful volumes have been written on how to properly handle God's [...]
Psalm 51 In this well-known psalm of repentance, David comes clean before God concerning his sin with Bathsheba and his having Uriah killed (read 2 Samuel 11 & 12). The words of David are especially appropriate from another occasion: "The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18). Few [...]