I have heard recitations of Acts 2:42 my entire Christian life. Seems the circles I run in love it. Part of it has got to be the sweet outline -- "4 things, everyone. Teaching, fellowship, bread-breaking, and prayers." But another part of it has got to be the beauty. Who wouldn't want to be part of something as radical as the early days of the church? Jesus ascended. The Spirit fell. The crowd gathered. Peter preached, and 3,000 souls were added to the church. How did they respond? Acts 2:42. (12 Minutes, 3000 Words) Read More
Paul shifts his exhortations for the workplace from the slaves to the masters, from the working class to management. “Do the same to them,” he says. He had just written to the slaves to respectfully obey their masters, as to the Lord. Masters are to do the same. But how can a master obey their servants? How does a leader obey the laborers? (3 Minutes/500 Words) Read More
King Asa was a good and godly king. He sought the Lord when trouble came upon the land, and he experienced firsthand the power of God in battle. After a trademark victory over the massive Ethiopian army, Asa was confronted by a prophet named Azariah. He told Asa to seek the Lord. (7 Minutes/900 Words) Read More
Homefield advantage is a thing. Some athletes say they thrive on opposition, that they love playing in front of a hostile crowd. But, time and time again, it is a general rule that teams win a higher percentage of games when playing on their home field, ice, court, or turf. Many factors are cited, but one is the support of the fans. (4 Minutes / 800 Words) Read More
One of my heroes is Geoff Buck, one of the pastors at Calvary Monterey. Ten years ago, Geoff joined our pastoral team and has served as a great friend, mentor, and co-laborer ever since. His 40+ years in pastoral work, many of them as a senior pastor and church planter, have been invaluable to the fruitfulness of our fellowship. This past December-January, after four decades without one, we sent Geoff on a two-month sabbatical. Read More
One of the main reasons I love the book of Proverbs is the scattered nature of its organization. For much of the book, one line does not bleed into the next. Each proverb stands on its own. This organization is helpful, for nearly every chapter covers a multitude of subjects. Each time I sit down to read the book, massive and varied parts of my life are addressed.
But, occasionally, there is a section. Proverbs 16:10-15 is one such section, a series of proverbs about kings. Read More
Nehemiah quickly responded to the news from Hanani, the news of the brokenness of the city, with his own inward brokenness. The conditions in and around Jerusalem began to mirror the conditions in his inner man. He wept and mourned for days. Not religious mourning, a sort of obligatory external show of grief, but genuine hurt within. Nehemiah's pain played out in fasting and prayer. He couldn’t bring himself to take a meal. He could only bring himself to cry out to God. The burden of his heart had truly run deep...
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