I recently started a new work as the pulpit minister at a new congregation. As I began preparing to take on this new work, I started contemplating anew the responsibilities laid out in Scripture for preachers. It’s always been good for me to meditate on these things from time to time, and my study on these matters certainly benefited me this time. Let me share with you what I’ve found God desires and expects from those who preach His Word to the church and to the lost. I pray this will prove helpful to all preachers who read it, and that it will give all Christians who are not preachers some insight into what they themselves should expect from their preachers.… Read More The Responsibilities of a Preacher — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2022)
Each Christian is called to express their faith in ways other than merely praying at mealtime while dining in public or reading the Bible openly at Starbucks. It is also more than the kind of pious display we might expect from the typical Pharisee. We do not live out our faith to be praised or to impress. We live it out as part of our calling to make disciples.… Read More Having A Public Faith — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
There is no one way to describe the relationship between faith and trust; it is as complex as its author (Heb. 12:2).… Read More Faith and Trust — Samantha Harvey
Much of what is seen in today’s world underscores the very problem that existed among the Israelites who lived during Old Testament times. Namely, they did not revere God in the manner that He wanted them to in His covenant relationship. If one does not respect God, God will not be honored and obeyed in an acceptable manner.… Read More Holding God In Reverence — Johnny O. Trail
Ever been in someone’s home as a guest only to have your hosts start to argue with each other? It doesn’t happen that often, but the few times it’s happened when I’ve been around have made me want to run out the door.… Read More What Hinders Church Growth? — Paul Kirkpatrick
We must ask ourselves whom we desire to follow: the Father or the world. If we choose the follow the Father, His way is distinct and produces fruit within His followers.… Read More The Fruit of the Spirit and the Works of the Flesh — Roy Knight
Because sin is an inarguable part of our everyday existence, in that we can fall far short of God’s standard of conduct so frequently (Rom. 3:10, 23), how should the Christian view sin? Should Christians get used to the nature and presence of sin in their lives and embrace it, or should there be resentment and disgust toward disobedience to God and a reasonable attempt to mitigate all occurrences of it in their lives?… Read More How Should A Christian View Sin? — Chance Blackmer