Short Prayers Matter!

Do you ever wonder why we go to prayer meeting each week? One of the reasons is that we get to share other people’s prayers. Some people pray long prayers and others, maybe even you, pray short prayers. Short prayers are important because the Lord hears them too. In fact,…

Savonarola: Preacher of Righteousness Part 1

Editor’s note: Next year being 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest at Wittenberg. We want to celebrate God’s mighty acts in the German Reformation and thought that this article, with part one this issue, and God willing, part two next issue, will serve as an introduction…

The Faith That Saves

A lot of people talk about having faith, but there is a big difference between faith and saving faith. A coach might say to his star athlete, “I’ve got faith in you. I know you can do it.” Everyone has faith in something, but not everyone has saving faith. So,…

Rightly Dividing the Word

The apostle Paul wrote fourteen books in the New Testament. Peter referred to them as “the other scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16), and so commended them as the divinely inspired Word of God. In so doing, Peter was not contending only for the inspiration of the Scriptures, though he did so…

Never Weary of Well Doing

The apostle Paul had high expectations of all who served with him. When John Mark departed prematurely from the work in Cyprus, Paul refused to have him along on his second missionary journey much to the chagrin of Barnabas. Paul also demanded much of himself in his own ministry and…

Hymns Of The Heart

With so many hymns filed away in my brain, writing about a favorite hymn should be an easy task. But trying to decide which one to make the subject of this article reminded me of the time my siblings and I asked my mother the question I suppose all siblings…

Got Guilt?

Guilt is a universal problem. One of my fellow ministers had an experience while doing outreach work on a secular college campus that illustrates this reality. One weekend when his team was having trouble getting students to talk to them, the leader of the ministry suddenly stood up on a…

Are You Listening?

Have you ever been sitting in church trying to listen because you know you are supposed to, but wondering how you can find anything interesting in the passage of scripture being read that day? Perhaps you are asked to turn to the book of 1 Chronicles and you hear “so…

Book Review: Morning Exercises by William Jay

The publishing of doctrinal and experiential Calvinism has exploded in the last forty years. Truly, “the LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). Fifty years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find a handful of publishers producing these fine Bible commentaries and…

King Of Creation

As years go by I appreciate more and more the heritage we hold in the hymnology of the church of Christ. The hymns of the past contain not only beautiful truth, but also the expression of hundreds of years of spiritual experience preserved for the benefit of believers today. My…

The Missing “Missing Links”

“Those who promote evolution do so, not because they are interested in science, but because they want it as an excuse to get rid of God in their lives. They do not want to be answerable to God their Creator.” — from And God Said by Dr. Farid Abou-Rahme The…

Because You Have A Soul

When a newborn baby arrives in the world, parents and family marvel at God’s creative work. They check for ten fingers and ten toes and look for all the vital signs of normal physical life. But do they consider that that squirming little body is a person with a never-dying…