Misery and Mercy – When Christ Meets Us in Our Affliction

If you study the gospel of Mark, you will quickly realize that Jesus’ presence provoked the Kingdom of Darkness. Jesus preached that the reign of God was now present in Him. In Mark 1, Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” The good news was that Jesus was invading enemy territory and “plundering the kingdom of Satan.” The reign of God on earth had come in Christ, and it…

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The Sources of Our Sorrow

If you read Psalm 88, you will find a vocabulary for sorrow. You learn that “when you feel like Psalm 88, you should pray like Psalm 88.” Transparency is part of our healing. As we embark on the healing of our sorrows, we need to at least give consideration to the sources of those sorrows from a biblical perspective. I first encountered this type of thinking about suffering in a book by Edward T. Welch, entitled, Depression: Looking Up from the…

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Resource Tuesday – Currently Reading (October 17th, 2017)

I am always looking for resources that will help me fulfill my purpose in life. My purpose is to glorify God the Father by making disciples of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why I exist on this earth. If glorifying God through disciplemaking is my purpose, then I want to take advantage of every resource that will make me a better disciple-maker. So, here are five books that I am currently reading to help…

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Five Helpful Podcasts for Busy Pastors

If you are anything like me, you are busy. I feel like I am always going somewhere to something, and usually, it seems like I am meeting myself in the hallway. A full schedule means that you have to be intentional about consuming good material. There is not enough time to read and listen to everything. So, I want to share with you some of the most helpful podcasts that I listen to regularly as a pastor. In no particular order, here are…

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Christ Will Not Be Supplemented

Christians are often tempted to search for beliefs and practices that will give them a “deeper experience” of their faith. And, as Qoheleth said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Colossians 2 reminded me of this reality today. According to Colossians 2:16-23, first-century Christians were tempted to add Jewish rituals to Jesus. Consider the passage for yourself, Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon…

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