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Teach Us to Pray

Just before His Ascension into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to pray.

Jesus had been crucified, had been buried, had risen from the dead, and now after forty days with His disciples, He is about to return to His Father in...

God’s Chosen Workers

“And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”   Luke 10:2 ESV

Jesus says something profound in this verse. He calls us to...

Walking Wisely in a Moral Minefield

Once again controversy rages over a film. This time, a beloved children’s classic, Beauty & the Beast. Disney Studios live action film “updates” the tale with some, what they consider, socially-conscious editing by including a nod to a same-sex attraction for one of the characters....

American Holocaust

44 years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court rendered the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in all 50 States. The companion case to Roe was Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion legal through all 3 trimesters; meaning a mother...

A Few Words About Grace

What follows is an excerpt from Newell's commentary on Romans. Enjoy . . .

The Nature of Grace

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course, righteously ~ in...

Vision-Focus 2017

Organizations are notorious for producing Vision / Mission statements, then ignoring them. Many hours and much effort is expended producing them. But once the project is complete, they are printed up, encased behind glass in a nice frame, hung on a wall, and forgotten.

We...

Defaming God

Theistic Determinism is technical verbiage for the idea prominent in Reformed Theology that God’s sovereignty is meticulous and controls everything. While the Bible is certainly clear that God is sovereign over His creation, the traditionalist understanding of His sovereignty means God...

Negotiating the CCA / CCGN Kerfuffle

Pastor Chuck Smith frequently referred to Ephesians 4 as a transformative passage for his ministry. He’d served for seventeen years as a pastor in a denomination where pastors were urged to be evangelists. After reading Ephesians 4:11-12, Chuck understood his role as a pastor needed...

What We Mean by God’s Sovereignty

People come and people go. It’s a fact of church life. They come and go for a plethora of reasons. Some of those reasons are good, right, healthy; others, not so much. As a pastor it’s difficult seeing anyone “go” because it means a change...

After the Attack in Nice, France

The following are thoughts composed on the day after the Nice, France terrorist attack on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2016.

It behooves us to resist the axiom spoken by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

As I listened...

“What: Again?” Sermon Follow Up

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, I gave a message based on Gen. 26:1-11 and Isaac's lying about his wife Rebekah, claiming she was his sister during their time living among the Philistines of Gerar. It's a virtual repeat of the behavior of his father Abraham....

Why Peter, James, and John?

A Discipleship Devotional from Mark 9:1–8

There is a truth–gem hiding away in the Mount of Transfiguration account about Peter, James, and John. The clue to this gem is found in the two ancient prophets that God sends to honor Jesus: Moses and Elijah.

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A Leadership Challenge: Servant or Service

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a...

The Earliest vs the Early Church

A January, 2014 article in The American Conservative described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in...

Those Who Fail to Learn from the Past . . .

Are Doomed to Repeat It.

On Facebook recently, I've made a few comments about the parallels I see in the campaign of a certain Presidential candidate and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930's Germany. Some years ago I read a book titled The Nazi...

Old Earth & Young Earth Resources

We have an ongoing debate in Christianity over how and when God created the earth and, especially, mankind. There are both “Old Earth” and “Young Earth” Christians – who love Jesus and believe the Bible to be inspired and inerrant. If we were to take...

One Day

When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. Deuteronomy 23:21

When you make a vow to God, do...

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