Since very early on in my Christian walk I’ve been serving in various ways at various churches, studying the Bible and theology like crazy, and trying to find a seminary that fits both my budget and lifestyle. This is because I hope one day to go into a pastoral ministry role full time. Why do I want to do that? Certainly not because it’s fun or pays well. No, I want to be a pastor because I feel that God is calling me to full time ministry. Continue reading The Call to the Ministry: Some Help From Michael Bennett
Have you ever been defeated in life? You commit the same sins over and over, fall for the same deceptions and are guilty of the same faults today as yesterday. There seems to be no progress. You make the same promises over and over, “Tomorrow will be better. I won’t do that again!” But then tomorrow comes and you are no better. You feel trapped or insane, doing the same things over and over with no change. Continue reading Life Is Too Short for Sin
In a recent post on the Bible’s perspective of the Sabbath we learned that the Fulfilled Sabbath position is, in all likelihood, the most accurate in representing the biblical teaching of Sabbath. Below, I will list a few reasons as to why I believe this is so, and why the Eternal Sabbath (Seventh Day Adventist) and the Christian Sabbath (Reformed) do not line up with Scripture. Continue reading A Christian and Sabbath Observance: Why You Don’t Need to Rest on Sundays, or Saturdays
From a biblical perspective, the Sabbath day in its entirety is identified as being fulfilled in Christ and is therefore transformed to be the rest which Christ will give in the new heavens and new earth. Christ came to fulfill the Law, and in doing so superseded—or rather transformed—it into the Law of Christ. In the Law of Christ, the Sabbath command is never repeated nor commanded to be observed, and therefore is no longer binding upon Christians as a weekly observance. Rather, it becomes the rest promised by Christ in the new heavens and earth. It is the eternal rest or salvation which God entered into in Genesis 2 and which Christ offers those who have faith in him. Continue reading A Biblical Perspective on the Sabbath
Here are 17 ways that you can glorify God in your life. I put this together following Thomas Watson’s thoughts in his chapter on “Man’s Chief End” in his must read, A Body of Divinity Continue reading 17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts
How do I defend Christianity from the never ending stream of attacks? How do I argue for the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)? What can I use to defend against accusations made against Christ?
Do I have to be a scholar or brainiac to defend the truth? Do I have to memorize complex philosophical arguments? Do I have to be a whiz in history? Do I need to know more about creation than Bill Nye the Science Guy? Continue reading Defend the Faith! Even if Bill Nye the Science Guy is Smarter than You
It seems to me as though America is degrading so rapidly that Christians don’t have time to stop and think before they respond. Pandora’s Boxes are being opened and dumped out left and right in the society around us (and even in the church). It seems harder and harder for Christians to shine as lights in this dark generation. It’s as though we panic as our voices are silenced and our culture listens less and less. Continue reading How Should a Christian React to the New Sexual Revolution?
I want to talk about praying for ourselves. I want to give you tools to help in those times when you do not care about God nor the things of God. How do we get out of dry spells? I believe we need, what I call, the desire to desire God. When we don’t care we need to want to care. We need to catch ourselves and beg God to help us out by His strength.
I want to show some biblical prayers to prove that in those times we can pray our way out. Don’t be tricked into thinking, “I shouldn’t pray,” “I have a free will,” “God can’t intervene,” “I need to do this on my own or it won’t count.” I want to show that we can pray that God will help us love Him, have greater joy, etc. Continue reading Christian Walk A Dry Spell? Pray for Yourself!
Recent sermon from our Youth Group Retreat at Letourneau Christian Center. Looking at Acts 4 we gain insight into the Apostles’ sources for their boldness. We too need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a community of believers if we are to be effective for the Lord. Listen up and may the Lord use us for His glory!
Speaker: Kaynenn Parker Continue reading Acts 4 and Evangelism: Sermon by Kaynenn Parker
I hate depression. It saps my joy like a leach sucks out blood; it puts a weight on my heart that Hercules couldn’t lift; and it cripples me from accomplishing anything meaningful in life. Thankfully, God has promised that He has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), and depression is not outside that promise. So we are going to look at some of the antidotes God has given us in the book of Ephesians that can bring healing and life back to our tired souls. Continue reading Depressed? Take 6 Chapters of Ephesians and Call Me in the Morning