The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

There are many centripetal forces that tear at the bonds that hold a congregation together, so it is useful to be aware of them. After all, we live in a remarkably busy world where quiet has almost disappeared entirely. We are connected to each other and to complete...
The Difference Between Magic And Ministry

The Difference Between Magic And Ministry

As a child I was fascinated by “magicians” such as Harry Blackstone Jr. For a few dollars one could order a kit or study library books and learn to do “magic.” Of course, it was not magic at all. It was merely sleight of hand. The “magician” is an illusionist. He...
Should Christians Practice Lent?

Should Christians Practice Lent?

Pastor’s Letter: What Ought Reformed Christians to Make of Lent? What follows is a guest post by the Rev Mr Bill Godfrey, pastor of Grace United Reformed Church, Torrance, CA. § Beloved congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have noticed that every year more and...
Worship: Beyond Euphoria And The Charismata

Worship: Beyond Euphoria And The Charismata

In a recent essay Andrew Wilson writes: I consider the absurd antics of some of the paper-waving, foundation-faced prosperity preachers who appear on Christian television. I acknowledge that much new church liturgy fails to acknowledge the realities of sin and...

While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:10-14; ESV)

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