10 Ways To Pray For Your Pastor

George Whitefield once pointed out, based upon the text “Brothers, pray for us.” in 1 Thessalonians 5:25: If the great St. Paul, that chosen vessel, that favorite of heaven, needed the most importunate prayers of his Christian converts; much more do the ordinary ministers of the gospel stand in need of the intercession of their respective flocks. Pastors desperately need the prayers …

Quote: D. A. Carson

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, and obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it …

Practical Application of the Christian’s Behavior Toward Government, Part 1

Both the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul wrote to the church regarding the Christian’s behavior toward their government. (1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). See my previous post. The two main behaviors: 1) be subject; 2) honor. A major questions is, “How can a Christian apply these behaviors toward a government that they disagree with on major …

The Christian’s Behavior Toward Government

Many of you know that in my pastoral role, I do not endorse political candidates, nor do I think a church is meant to endorse a particular political party. The church’s allegiance is always and only to Jesus Christ. Every issue, political or otherwise, is governed by his Lordship. Therefore, our stand on any issue is to be in submission …

Giving God First Place, For Real

The theme for 2017, Giving God First Place, is a wonderful concept. I think each of us would sincerely say it is our desire, yet some point each one of us must make a choice regarding our time and treasures. The reality is, such action is counter-cultural and therefore quite difficult. The difficulty is not just found in moving against …

Advent Resources

Have you considered how you will celebrate Advent this year? Whether you answer yes or no, let me encourage you two read these two articles on the significance of Advent. Warning: Christmas Is Coming Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent Here are a few resources to consider using during Advent season: To use with the whole family: The Village Church Advent …

Purposefully Intergenerational

Our Wednesday evening study of the New City Catechism is purposefully intergenerational. The following is taken from the introduction of an intergenerational study by Children Desiring God and explains the benefits of intergenerational studies. The term “intergenerational teaching” can conjure up all kinds of meanings-and all kinds of misunderstandings. Intergenerational teaching does not mean “dumbing down material so children can …

PRC Fundraising Banquet

The Will County Pregnancy Resource Center in Joliet is hosting their annual Life Banquet on Thursday, October 19, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bolingbrook Country Club. This is a good opportunity to support an organization that is committed to saving the lives of unborn children by promoting life-affirming options, ministering to those who have been wounded by the trauma of abortion, and sharing the …

The Christian’s Response to Hate

Every ethnicity and every culture has an issue with hate. This hate runs deep, as deep as the radical corruption of sin that courses through each human being. We see the first example of hatred soon after the fall of humanity into sin. Cain was angry and took out his anger by killing his brother Abel in Genesis 4. Since that day …

Pastoral Vacation

I want to thank my church for the opportunity they provide for me to take a generous amount of time away from most of my pastoral responsibilities. It is a great blessing to me and to my family. My wife and children have often made sacrifices of my time and attention and this is an opportunity for me to give …