Reflections and Blog

Praying for Wisdom

One of the most common prayer requests, after the request for help and healing amid sickness, is the prayer for wisdom. Indeed, all of us frequently find ourselves asking God for the knowledge or skill for living life and handling difficult situations—like those we heard about in the Sunday sermon. The Bible itself commends such…

Sacred vs. Secular?

For today’s meditation, I’d like to offer a little quiz. Please take a look at the ten comparisons below and answer in your mind which action (action A or action B) is holier, more pleasing to God, and worth more eternal reward. 1. (A) Working as a pastor or (B) working as a salesman. 2.…

Counsel for Authorities

As I’ve been meditating more on Sunday’s sermon, I thought it would be profitable to consider Ecclesiastes 8:1-15 from the perspective of those who are in authority. Though the passage is written primarily for those under authority, there are some important implications in the passage for husbands, parents, bosses, ministry leaders, public officials, or anyone…

Instead of Vengeance

One question I received after Sunday’s sermon about obeying authority and avoiding trouble is how Christians can give up seeking revenge without becoming those on whom others simply trample. I thought the question was good for our church to think about, so I offer it here with my briefly outlined response. Practically speaking, what can Christians…

Reviving Visual Memorials

We humans have an incredible ability to forget. This power is so great that not only do we fail to remember when we have no visual reminders, but we also forget even in the presence of reminders. Like Israel, we can easily grow numb to memorials of God we already have, either by treating them…

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…