Rediscover Church

Our church, primarily through our small groups, recently read through a book by Thom Rainer entitled “I Am A Church Member” which talked about the benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a local body of Christians.  It covered six primary subjects: I Will Be A Functioning Church Member I Will Be A Unifying Church Member… Continue reading Rediscover Church

On the Death of George Whitefield

Denise and I visited Boston in the fall of 2018 as part of one of my last work trips. We spent the weekend walking the city and exploring the area, taking in its history and culture. One of the things I always try to do when visiting a place is buy a book that is… Continue reading On the Death of George Whitefield

Light Shining Out of Darkness

The story for the people!

Even though William Cowper wrote these words in 18th century England, they still hold true today, in 21st century America, and will continue to hold true whenever and wherever people live. We need only look around us to see things we don’t understand, but know that God is working through them to His plan, and… Continue reading Light Shining Out of Darkness

Family movies

We have been saving our old family movies in the basement for well over 40 years, moving them from basement to basement, from Michigan to Kansas to Pennsylvania to Illinois and back to Michigan, with more than one stop in many of those states.  We haven’t watched them in probably just under 40 years, so… Continue reading Family movies

What is the Gospel?

“…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, … he was buried, … he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” This is the Gospel, the good news that Paul preached. It is the wisdom of God, not of man, and is deemed foolishness by the world.

Where do we find joy?

I was talking to another recently, and they used these words: “There’s no joy in … ” That saddened me, because it was obvious they were looking for their joy in all the wrong places. I tried to reason with them, to tell them of the true source of joy, but they wouldn’t listen, and… Continue reading Where do we find joy?

Adoration and Praise

All Nations exhorted to Adoration and Praise by TATE & BRADY.Taken from Psalm 100 My newly rebound hymn book, originally published in the 1840s and reprinted with new supplements in the 1850s opens with this 17th century Psalm adaptation by Tate & Brady, known for their “New Version of the Psalms of David” published in… Continue reading Adoration and Praise

Peace. My peace, for you!

I got a new book recently. Two of them, to be exact. I’m trying to decide how to attack them. Do I study for myself, use for our small group, or men’s bible study? But that’s not the only quandary. Where do I start? The target study is the Lord’s Prayer. No, not the one… Continue reading Peace. My peace, for you!

On public worship – do it together

From “Public Worship – Considered & Enforced” by Joseph Kinghorn: “The public worship of God has a great tendency to keep up in our minds, a sense of his character and of our situation.Every part of it suggests that God is great and that we should be lowly before him; that he is holy, but… Continue reading On public worship – do it together