A Life of Successful Suffering

“It was Brainerd’s holy life that influenced Henry Martyn to become a missionary and was a prime factor in William Carey’s inspiration.  Carey in turn, moved Adoniram Judson.  And so we trace the spiritual lineage from step to step—Hus, Wycliffe, Francke, Zinzendorf, the Wesleys and Whitefield, Brainerd, Edwards, Carey, Judson, and ever onward in theContinue reading “A Life of Successful Suffering”

Our Peace In Thanksgiving

Today is 11/25/2021, Thanksgiving Day, and I received some excellent news from a friend of mine, Titus; you may know him. The platelets in his blood have increased from a 9 to a 43 and we are praying for a speedy recovery and rapid return home. He has been in the hospital for two weeksContinue reading “Our Peace In Thanksgiving”

Seven Days of Encouragement in the Unknown

When in the fog-filled forest of suffering, the Lord brings encouragement to His people through a variety of means. Suffering is never meaningless, and we do not suffer alone. Paul tells the Thessalonian church, “ Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to respectContinue reading “Seven Days of Encouragement in the Unknown”

The Remedy for Spiritual Malnourishment

In his book on “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life,” Donald S. Whitney states, “No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word.  Nothing can substitute for it.  There is no healthy Christian life apart from the milk and meat of Scripture.” As a believer, one may think that reading the ScriptureContinue reading “The Remedy for Spiritual Malnourishment”

A Stone in the Shoe

The power of an illustration is its relatability with the intended audience. Illustrations about vineyards and wine will not resonate with people who have no understanding of either topic. When a preacher or teacher is adapting illustrations, they must be understood to have any impact. The following illustration is from Charles Spurgeon and the beautyContinue reading “A Stone in the Shoe”

Limitless Access, Infinite Responsibility

Imagine you sit down to write a book. The year is “any year” before the internet, simple typing tools like Microsoft Word, and widespread adoption of personal computation devices. You sit down to write your book, you have ink in your pen, a nice beverage, and now you can begin the arduous task of researching.Continue reading “Limitless Access, Infinite Responsibility”

All Things Considered

A Short Historical Background of Acts The eternal struggle of the Christian preacher and teacher is to bring antiquity to contemporary audiences in such a manner that transports these modern hearers into the shoes of the people in the past while simultaneously leaving behind biases, preconceived notions, modern senses of morality and understanding.   The contextContinue reading “All Things Considered”

Theocratic Anointing

The Holy Spirit is often overshadowed in the minds of people by the grand displays of deity like the numerous theophanies and Christophanies of the Old Testament and the arrival of Jesus, the perfect manifestation of God, in the New Testament.  The reality is that the Holy Spirit is fully deity and his presence orContinue reading “Theocratic Anointing”