Church Blog (Page 62)

Church Blog (Page 62)

Four Essential Christian Habits

There are four essential Christian habits for spiritual growth. Whenever one or more of these is neglected, the result is a Christian who chooses to stunt his or her spiritual growth. 1. BIBLE READING… a. The Word of God is crucial to growing spiritually –  1 Peter 2:2 b. David described the value of God’s Word – Psalms 19:7 – 11 He also…

The Shack – Oprah would love this book!

The Shack – a popular “Christian Novel” written by William Paul Young has been in the Top 10 sellers list for months. The cover reads: Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in and abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four…

Martin Luther – Faith and Good Works

I received this in an email from a friend. “If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home. There is a trend today that would put a new robe on the prodigal son while he is still feeding hogs. Some would put the ring on his finger while he still in the pigsty. Others…

Can We Learn From This? Building a New Church

Last Sunday I attended the church in which my wife and I were actively involved prior to moving permanently to Australia. In many ways things hadn’t changed all that much, but in others it is an entirely different church. Located in one of Vancouver’s affluent suburbs, it had been a church made up almost exclusively of an Anglo/European membership. Many of those people…

3 Components of Faith – C.H. Spurgeon

What is faith? It is made up of three things—knowledge, belief, and trust. Knowledge comes first. “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” I want to be informed of a fact before I can possibly believe it. “Faith cometh by hearing”; we must first hear, in order that we may know what is to be believed. “They that know thy…

4 Essential Reasons to Study Doctrine

We live in an anti-intellectual, anti-authority society, especially when it comes to religious matters. Ours is an existential (based on human experience) society devoted to the ‘warm fuzzy’ feel good, self-centered mentality that is so characteristic of the Post Modernist Era which has influenced  our nation—including much of the church. As a consequence, the terms…

6 Reasons for Prayer From Calvin

John Calvin… “…it is very important for us to call upon him: First, that our hearts may be fired with a zealous and burning desire ever to seek, love and serve him, while we become accustomed in every need to flee to him as to a sacred anchor. Secondly, that there may enter our hearts no desire and no wish at all of which we should be ashamed to make him a witness,…

4 Essential Points About the Gospel

Man was created to glorify God & Enjoy Him forever “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11) “Do all things to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) Man has failed to glorify God & is under His just condemnation…

6 Bible Verses Every Christian Should Know

The Human Condition For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23 God’s Gracious Love For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 God’s Adoptive Process But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave…

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I was sitting in my office today next to a large window that overlooks a small garden and the gated entrance to my property. I heard the bell ring and looked out to see a very well dressed attractive woman somewhere in her mid twenties, wearing a hooded jacket. It was raining and it was apparent that she had been out in the rain for some time. She caught my eye and…