The Lord Will Provide


b y John Newton, 1779 Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,The promise assures us, “The Lord will provide.” The birds, without garner or storehouse, are fed;From them let us learn to trust God …

Dilbert on false assurance


(click on image to enlarge) This is the way the vast majority of Westerners think about salvation, isn't it? We are "almost positive" that we are okay and that our small sins will not anger a holy God.

If I were God, I’d make myself clearer


"In his second If I Were God book, John Dickson considers the vast array of spiritual claims made by different religions and individuals and asks whether any clarity about God can be found... With so many religions on offer, can one of them be considered true? Or are they different paths up the …

Sexual freedom or spiritual bondage?


A grad student from our church organized an effort this past week to evangelize the University of Cincinnati campus. The school was hosting what they called a “Week of Sexploration,” a week-long celebration of sexual freedom. Those of us who participated in the counter, gospel-sharing effort on …

Doers of the Word


Last Sunday I brought a message from James 1:23-24 on being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer. In my study I came across and illustration by Chuck Swindoll from his book Improving Your Serve that makes the point very forcibly: Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive …

The emptiness I once felt has gone forever


My wife and I are big fans of internationally renown classical guitarist Christopher Parkening (I even took a year of guitar lessons, with disastrously disappointing results, in an attempt to participate in this beautiful art). We were pleasantly surprised several years ago to discover that …

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards


With the New Year almost upon us, it is always a good thing to take an hour or so out of our busy-busy schedules and consider where we have been this year, and what we desire to be and do for Christ's sake in the coming year. Here are a few of the 21 resolutions that a young Jonathan Edwards made. …

Thankful on this day


Today I am thankful to God for the children he has blessed us with, and that we are all (five of us now!) back from Vietnam, snuggled comfortably in our own home. Edmond, Ransom, and Avery are all doing well; and our testimony is that this precious benediction from a dear friend came true for us …

The first national Thanksgiving Proclamation


THANKSGIVING DAY 1789 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by …