Last night it was my pleasure to be with my friends Mark and Judy Broyles and the brethren in Bulverde, Texas, to speak at their summer lecture series. Their theme has been “Our Passion for Spiritual Growth.” And my topic was “Passionate about God.”
“It certainly is mysterious, this word passion,” writes Gordon MacDonald in his excellent book Renewing Your Spiritual Passion. “It is hard to measure and difficult to pin down. But you know when you have it, and you are quite aware when you don’t. Continue reading
A little boy, Jason, wanted a watch for his birthday. As kids do, he began hinting about it to his parents. At first, they ignored it.
Then Jason began to pick up the pace, talking about how much he wanted a watch. “We’ll see,” they said.
Not sure if they got the point, he began talking about watches every time he could work in the conversation. Finally, in exasperation, his Dad said, “Jason, if you don’t be quiet about this watch, you won’t get anything for your birthday.” Continue reading
The power of sin to hold us captive is like the story of little Johnny visiting his grandparents on their farm.
Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced shooting rocks, but he could never hit the target. Discouraged, he headed back inside for lunch.
As he returned to his grandma’s backyard, he spied her pet duck. Impulsively he took aim and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. Johnny panicked and hid the duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister, Sally, watching. Continue reading
David Huss, an Ohio preacher, tells about the time he had a hospice chaplain call and ask, “Are you still looking for a car?
I said “Yes.” I asked him, “How much does the car cost?”
He said, “It’s free.”
I said, “Where are you? I”m coming as fast as I can!” Continue reading
From April 2012 through December 2015, we published a weekly column, “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming.” Since we have so many new readers from those earlier days, we wanted to introduce the column to you. There are 166 posts filed in the category section under this heading. They can be used for Lord’s Supper talks, bulletin articles or reblogged by WordPress users. Each of them points us to cross and remind us Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Melvin Newland, the preacher for the Ridge Chapel Church in Kansas, OK, tells an incredible story of a lady who attended a Sunday service.
The lady, a former member 25 years earlier, was visiting a friend in the Ridge and decided to attend services that morning. However, following the worship she approached Melvin and angrily informed him she was not happy with the service.
“Why?” asked Newland.
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When I saw the headline “The Hottest Thing at Church Today,” I wondered what kind of new promotion or gimmick some mega church had devised enticing people to attend.
Then I read the post by blogger Tim Challies. Continue reading
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Leonard Ravenhill tells the story about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village in Europe. As the tour guide was relating the history of the village a tourist saw an old man sitting on a bench.
In a rather patronizing way, the tourist asked the old gentleman, “Were any great men born in this village?” Continue reading