How Do We Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving?

In ancient Israel, when the people of God gathered at the temple to worship the Lord, they began by chanting this psalm: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4, NKJV). The psalmist opened his chorus inviting fellow worshipers to shareContinue reading “How Do We Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving?”

Just In Case You Thought It Was Bad Over Here

Melbourne was once called the world’s most livable city. Now it is more properly known as the most lamentable city – or the most laughable. No other place on the planet has experienced such harsh, irrational and despotic lockdowns and tyranny. But sadly it is now serving as a model for other power-hungry state leaders.Continue reading “Just In Case You Thought It Was Bad Over Here”

The Enemy That Will Not Die

The racing heart, the watering eyes, the abrupt disinterest withering the world outside. The carnivorous appetite, the volatile urge. The hungry stare. The inner burn (1 Corinthians 7:9). The dry mouth, the blinking eyelids, the jittering hands. The hidden force. The haunting whispers. The inescapable desire. The sweet slavery. The roaring drumbeat silencing music. TheContinue reading “The Enemy That Will Not Die”

When You Discover Your Child Watching Porn

No parents want to find out that their son or daughter has been viewing pornography, but every parent should plan for it. A 2016 Barna study revealed that over two-thirds of 13-24-year-old males and one-third of 13-24-year-old females are viewing pornography at least monthly. In all likelihood, that number has increased in the past fiveContinue reading “When You Discover Your Child Watching Porn”

Seeking the Wandering Sheep

If your church has reopened and restarted in-person worship services but is still missing some of your churchgoers, you aren’t alone.  U.S. Protestant churches are gathering in person at pre-pandemic levels. According to a Lifeway Research study, 98% met in person in August 2021. U.S. Protestant churchgoers have not yet returned in pre-pandemic levels, however. The average church is still missingContinue reading “Seeking the Wandering Sheep”

When Did We Stop Asking Questions?

(It’s a bit long but well worth the read in this cancel culture) Do you remember the cartoons that showed a Christian with a placard standing on a street corner warning ‘The end is nigh’? It was normal to make fun of Christian evangelists doing street preaching and making eschatological warnings. However mocked they were,Continue reading “When Did We Stop Asking Questions?”

Would the World Be a Better Place If Everyone Became a Christian?

I was recently asked if I thought the world would be a better place if everyone were a Christian. My immediate response was yes. But the answer did not sit well with me and, upon further reflection, I said, “actually, I’m not sure. I would hope so, but maybe it wouldn’t.” Here are the reasonsContinue reading “Would the World Be a Better Place If Everyone Became a Christian?”

His Best Words Are the Hardest

The most morally beautiful, winsomely attractive command Jesus ever uttered also happens to be the most difficult to obey: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shallContinue reading “His Best Words Are the Hardest”

Our Need for Redemption Is Ancient

In Egypt, the Israelites were immigrants. They came to Egypt as refugees. Things started out favorably, but as the text says, the new ruler in Egypt “had not known Joseph” (1:8). Now the Israelites lived in fear because they were discriminated against. Pharaoh said, “Let us deal shrewdly with them” (v. 10). As a resultContinue reading “Our Need for Redemption Is Ancient”