This month I am preaching every Sunday at the Wellandport Church in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, I’m conducting a weekend meeting that concludes today. And teaching the adult class for their VBS later in July.
We’ve missed coming to Canada for the past two summers. We love the area. The cooler temperatures are a nice respite from the hot summers of Texas and Florida. But most of all we love the warm fellowship of these brethren. Continue reading
Today in our VBS at Wellandport as we pursue the theme “Facing Life With Faith,” we are discussing how knowledge and faith are connected.
The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we read and study God’s Word, we increase in knowledge, but that knowledge grows our faith. Of course, our knowledge of God and His revealed will is more than just an accumulation of facts. It is faith-driven. Heart-felt. And relationally focused. Thus, Paul was able to affirm, “I know in whom I have believed.” Continue reading
This week at the Wellandport church of Christ in Ontario, Canada, I will be participating in their summer VBS teaching the adult class. Our theme revolves around faith. As I’m looking over today’s lesson, “The Challenge To See,” I’m reminded of this story.
One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window. Continue reading
Amplias. Urbanus. Stachys. Apelles. Herodion. Persis. Asyncritus. Phlegon. Hermas. Patrobas. Hermes. Tryphena and Tryphosa.
Unknown. Unheralded. Unrecognized. Describes the aforementioned people. Their names may be unfamiliar to you. But they are not unimportant to God. Continue reading
We’re taking our annual holiday break from blogging and reblogging the top 10 posts of 2018 based on reader hits. This one inspired by MIke Stephens came in at #10.
When we first arrived in Ontario, Mike Stephens, the Wellandport preacher for over 20 years, and I were discussing my schedule for the summer. This discussion turned to the topic of small, struggling churches. He commented regarding one of the congregations, “Oh, they’re struggling to reach 200, but they are not struggling spiritually.”
In reflecting on the summer and my association with several, but not all, of the Ontario churches, I echo this sentiment. Often in the States, we equate strength with numbers. But careful observation and scriptural consideration reveal this is not necessarily so.
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