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Measuring Our Love for God

While there is definitely an emotional component to love, true love is not merely emotion. True love is also a decision. It is a deliberate act of the will. The Bible reveals some measuring sticks by which we can determine whether or not our love for God is as deep as it could be. Our love for God is measured by how much we love each other. “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and…

How Polishing the Pulpit Helps Brown Trail

If the Lord wills, Mary and I (and a number of other BT members) will travel this week to Sevierville, Tennessee, for the annual workshop called “Polishing the Pulpit.” What began less than twenty years ago with three friends getting together to bounce sermon ideas off each other has now grown to an annual event that boasts an attendance of over 4,000! It’s called “Polishing the Pulpit” because it started out as a workshop designed just for preachers to hone…

Ancient Psalms and Modern Worship (1)

Today’s Christian is probably not much different than the first-century disciples of Jesus in that we, as did they, struggle with prayer. While I cannot remember a time in the gospel accounts that the disciples ever asked Jesus to teach them to preach, teach, or sing, we do find them making this request, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Paul would later write, “We do not know how to pray as we should” (Rom. 8:26). I know the feeling.…

The Abiding Consequences of Sin

There are at least two results of sinful choices: guilt and consequences. By guilt, I mean the debt that God places on your spiritual account and for which the impenitent will be lost. By consequences, I refer to the adverse temporal circumstances in one’s life that are brought about by the sin. Consider these two components. Guilt When a man commits sin he transgresses God’s law (1 John 3:4) and incurs a debt to God that he is incapable of…

The Excellent Ones

“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Psalm 16:3, ESV In the passage above, David revealed his love for his kinsmen. They were God’s people, which made them majestic and noble. That’s high praise for people who weren’t perfect. David’s fellow-Israelites made their share of mistakes. They had their flaws. They committed their sins. Yet, inspired of the Holy Spirit, David called them “excellent” – warts, blemishes, and all.…

Are You Ready To Die?

“For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus,” Acts 21:13. Last week I wrote that death did not scare Paul because he was in a proper relationship with God. Being baptized into Christ, he knew that at the moment of his death, all would be well. But there is more to being prepared to die than just being immersed with Christ. 2) Paul was not afraid…

More, Please

Ralph Kramden, the loveable oaf portrayed on television by Jackie Gleason in the 1950s, found it easy to put his foot in his mouth. When asked why he didn’t treat Alice, his wife, in the same romantic way he did before they were married, he replied, “Why keep running after you catch the bus?” His misguided philosophy not only illustrates what is all too often the case in marriages, it also has found a place in the relationships that some Christians have…