Reflections and Blog

Believing the Best?

I want to return to Ecclesiastes 7:23-29 today as a few people asked me the same question regarding that passage over the last two weeks; I thought it would be useful to address the question publicly. The question is: How does Solomon’s teaching about not being too trusting fit with the Christian call to love…

Side by Side: A Testimony

The following is a testimony from our sister Michelle Neves about our ladies’ Side by Side ministry this past year. I believe you will find it encouraging. Side by Side is our beloved women’s ministry where we come together to uplift one another. After spending most of 2020 not so side by side, we were…

When the Sermon Doesn’t Apply to You

Our sermon text this last Sunday focused much on bewaring the forbidden woman (or man) and fleeing from her miserable trap. But how should you respond to the sermon if forbidden romantic or sexual relationships are no struggle for you? Indeed, how should you respond to any sermon regarding a life issue in which you…

Bible Q&A: Matthew 8:34

I’m looking at another Bible question this week, this time about an event in the ministry of Jesus. Question: After Jesus cast out the legion from the demoniac, why did the people plead with Jesus to leave their region? Matthew 8:34, “And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw…

Should I Still Serve If I Have a Bad Attitude?

The Bible is clear that attitude is important. Though many religions in the world reduce righteousness to mere external actions, God tells us in his word that even good works done with the wrong heart attitude are displeasing to God (e.g. Isa 29:13; 1 Cor 13:1-3). The question might therefore arise: should I refrain from…

Bible Q&A: Matthew 6:22-23

For our recent elder Q&A, we received some Bible questions that we did not have time to answer. This week, therefore, I decided to try out using the Midweek Meditation for Bible Q&A. Here’s today’s question: What does Matthew 6:22-23 mean? The NASB95 translation reads, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then…

When Others Prosper and You Do Not

This past Sunday, we heard from Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 that righteousness and wisdom, while God-glorifying and the best ways to live life, do not always result in earthly blessing. While this is a hard truth, the perhaps even harder truth to accept is that God may choose to bless other persons, who seem just…

Reward Comes after Wise Work

As I have gotten older, I’ve learned to be suspicious of anything offering a fast, easy, and good result. Such promises frequently appear in advertisements and online click-bait articles: “I lost 50 lbs. on this diet plan in just six weeks!;” “Killer tips from young entrepreneur who made 500K in just three years;” or “My…

I Will Repent Later

One of the most dangerous ideas to the soul is that a person can sin now and just repent later to avoid judgment. This thought fortifies many unbelievers in their refusal to submit to the gospel but also trips up genuine believers. We Christians can so easily think, “I know I shouldn’t say these hateful…

Book Recommendation: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

One of the most basic human struggles we find both in the Bible and in our Christian lives is the struggle to trust God. Life is hard and full of uncertainty. Moreover, when tragedy does strike, we often cannot discern any good purpose in the terrible event. Our hearts, therefore, are constantly tempted towards worry,…