Monthly Archives: July 2011

Behind a Frowning Providence

I find great comfort in the doctrine of God’s providence. And I love the way the Heidelberg Catechism defines it in Q&A #27: Q. What do you understand by the providence of God? A. Providence is the almighty and ever present … Continue reading

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Dear Friends and Smooth Stones

A dear member of the church I serve recently gave me a gift copy of Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks, C.H. Spurgeon’s compilation of sayings from the writings of Thomas Brooks (1608-1680). This little volume, first published in 1855, … Continue reading

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When Tumor Markers Rise

My wife Julia impresses me more every day. For over two years now she has valiantly and gracefully endured stage four breast cancer. When I look at Julia I am reminded of the words Abraham Lincoln said of Ulysses S. Grant … Continue reading

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Can you thank God for it?

Something to think about from Kevin DeYoung: I’ve learned over the years that the simplest way to judge gray areas in the Christian life like movies, television, and music is to ask one simple question: can I thank God for … Continue reading

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On Identifying and Training Future Pastors

Lord willing, Immanuel Bible Church will be a place where future pastors are identified, trained, and dispatched for gospel ministry. These brief conversations by three solid Christian leaders helps point the way. (I especially appreciate Bullmore’s word about modeling as … Continue reading

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Of Dairy Farmers and the Gospel

My family and I spent five hours yesterday afternoon with a family of dairy farmers. This city slicker must admit being at times out of my natural comfort zone. But the gospel is never “out of it’s comfort zone.” The … Continue reading

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The Book of James, C.S. Lewis, and Flippancy

Last Sunday I began a new sermon series in the New Testament book of James. I love James for his relentless drive to expose false faith and promote genuine faith. In doing this, James says some extremely radical things — … Continue reading

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