In the New Testament alone, there are about 320 mentions of the second coming of Jesus, involving every writer in the NT. Clearly, this is a major doctrine of our faith and the next big thing, despite what Apple claims about their next phone.

Do you ever think about the end of the world? I can tell you the writers of Scripture did. The Day of the Lord is a dominant theme running through the Bible. The second coming of Christ is mentioned hundreds of times in the New Testament, with far more prophecies of His return than His first…

Last time, we learned that praying like Paul meant we must express complete dependence on God’s providence not miracles (I Thess. 3:11).

How’s your prayer life? I know mine could use help, both in terms of quality and quantity, content and fervency. We need an example of both.

Below is an excerpt from a sermon on Titus 2:11-14 delivered by Charles Spurgeon on April 4, 1886, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England. This portion makes for wonderful reflection on the coming of Christ, even as we anticipate His return.

In Puritan Pastor John Bunyon’s classic allegory, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” the enemy Giant Despair has locked Christian in the dungeon of Doubting Castle. Oh the doubt and despair that sank upon his soul. Day after day, he barely hangs on, until he remembers his faith. Faith was the key in his …

How should a pastor feel about his flock? And how should these feelings be expressed? Check out these somewhat surprising words from Pastor Paul to one of his church plants:

You are trapped in a burning building. Doom is sure. Then, unexpectedly, someone you don’t know runs in to announce a way of escape. Is this good news?

For the last three articles we have considered marks of a faithful, exemplary pastor from I Thessalonians 2:1-12. Today I want to share the story of a wonderful illustration of just such a man from church history. His story has encouraged and inspired me to never give up. His name? Charles Simeon.

In our current series, we’ve seen four marks of a faithful pastor thus far. He shows up armed with God’s good news, not empty handed (2:1-2). He’s God-tested and approved (vv.3-4a). He seeks to please God, not man (v.4b). He’s all about giving, not getting (vv.5-8). Now, if he does these wel…

What makes a model, faithful, exemplary pastor? Like many areas of contemporary church life, much confusion reigns in the congregation as to how to answer this question. Even among pastors, distractions, discouragements and detours abound. Entertainment culture mandates he be smooth, attract…

We humans beings are highly skilled at avoiding the unpleasant and unwanted. Like the wimpy parent with powder-keg kids: “Oh, you want to eat ice cream before supper, that’s OK.” Or the professional germaphobe taking all manner of precautions to avoid a germ. Or a driver who nearly wrecks to…

How did a first century Christian grow in her faith? How were new converts taught to obey Jesus? Consider that they had no printed Bibles. The New Testament was still being written. There were no Operation Timothy workbooks or Navigator’s manuals. No one had yet thought of a plan to read the…

Why are you alive or what is your reason for being? Do you ever consider this? It’s important you do lest you waste your life.

What tumultuous times we travel. Otherwise normal, law-abiding citizens become friends with fundamental Islamists and somehow become “radicalized” to the point they are willing to take lives of innocents and lose their own for the cause. The question is where and when, not if there will be a…

While reading a blog from the Rev. Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I came across his analysis of basic church models across the Protestant landscape. I’ve supplemented his thoughts with my own observations. Each model has its own method of appealing to outsiders that sets that mod…

The Protestant church landscape is comprised of various models or approaches, each with its own method of appealing to outsiders. While reading a blog from a respected pastor in Washington D.C., Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I came across his analysis and have supplemented it wi…

We have reached the finale of our series on the Person of God. The end, the finish line and terminus maximus.

Hear, O Kerrville! Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is one! The Old Testament hammered over and over the truth that the true God is one essential being, of one essence. Judaism was founded upon monotheism, in the midst of runaway polytheism. For centuries, through the law, the prophets and the writ…

What a joy to set our minds on the highest and best of all subjects — God! What a joy to spend a few moments meditating upon Him as we continue today our series on the perfect, blessed and beautiful God.

What does it mean to be God? What must be true by necessity if one is to claim the throne of the universe, if one being alone is supreme, the God of gods and the Lord of lords?

Tom and Ramonda Lunsford are dear friends and missionaries our church has helped support for many years. They lived and served the Lord among tribal peoples in Ethiopia for 16 years before a major health problem brought them to the States. Now, they travel back and forth, continuing to work …

Nothing is more important than knowing God. No knowledge we can acquire is higher or better than the knowledge of God. If we are to know any real person, and certainly God is a real Person, we must know what that person is like. We must learn about their character and discover something of t…

Have you noticed before how some Christians, pastors and, even, entire churches or denominations will either emphasize God’s love or holiness, often to the exclusion of the other?

Pastor Olaf Latzel is in Bremen, Germany, a city of over half a million people. He is rare among the state church there where a spirit of compromise has swallowed Germany. As a result, he has been attacked in the media, denounced by a group of 70 fellow pastors calling for diversity and even…

We are created, God is eternal, having no beginning or end. We are needy and ever dependent, He is independent, needing nothing and no one. We change like the weather, He remains forever perfect in all His being and attributes, eternally the same.

It has been said that what we believe about God is the most important thing about us. That may seem like a strange statement, but give it some thought. What we believe about God, more than anything else, will set the trajectory of all other beliefs and behaviors, attitudes and responses to life.

I confess, I’m a sports junkie. It’s really my dad’s fault. I’m also good at blameshifting, but that’s for another article. Growing up outside Nashville, Tennessee, I became hooked on playing and watching some form of baseball, basketball and football year round. I loved them all. I lived fo…

In my last article, we considered just how transitory we are, how fleeting this vapor of a life really is. Like grass, green today, withered tomorrow. 

Modern medicine has made eye-popping, jaw-dropping advances. With technology and creativity and man’s endless desire to solve the next problem, we have done amazing things for the human body. Brain surgeries to cure tremors and surgeries on babies still in the womb still seem unbelievable. I…

There’s one sin rarely talked about, and almost never called out from our pulpits: gluttony. Maybe in the midst of the obesity epidemic in America, we can lay some of the blame at the feet of us preachers who are strangely silent when it comes to the overindulgence of the palate.

From my observations, there are many variations of what is broadly labeled Christianity. After more than 2,000 years of progress and regress, we have arrived at something resembling a food court. The sheer variety and numeric choices can be overwhelming. Yet it’s all food, loosely defined. B…

Pastor/elders oversee or manage the church, the very bride of Christ. This is a high and holy calling requiring proven, tested, mature men. Today, we focus on the pastor’s home life, specifically his children. The Word of God says, “He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping …

I’m reminded of a story I heard Pastor Allister Begg tell once at a conference. He was on vacation in South Carolina and attended a large church that was part of a large denomination not known for having elders. He was delighted to find out the preacher did verse-by-verse expository preachin…

The character, holiness and godliness God is seeking for those in church leadership is high and lofty. None meet the standard perfectly but Christ Himself. But all Christians should be striving in this direction. Pastors-elders-overseers are those called to this work who are a little further…

Church leadership is, practically speaking, one of the most important issues facing the church. But rarely is this recognized. The purpose of this series is to get some thought and conversation going among God’s people about this area.