The real impact of the gospel will be seen when we don’t feel joyful, when we don’t want to pray, and when we can’t think of a reason to be thankful. That’s when we discover if our Christianity is the genuine article or a spiritual counterfeit.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” A few days ago a friend asked me if I would share some […]
“The mark of true Christian faith is that it changes everything you do and say.” Ray Stedman We have come to the last few verses of 1 Thessalonians. As we begin our study, I would like to remark for a moment upon the words quoted above from Ray Stedman. In his sermon on this text […]
Billy Graham says it. Pope John Paul II says it. Even some Orthodox Jewish rabbis have been saying it. They all agree that the coming of the Messiah is very near. Now why would a Protestant evangelist, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and Jewish rabbis agree on anything? Because so many Bible prophecies […]
My subject this morning is one that we don’t often talk about. Over the twenty years I have served in pastoral ministry I have had very few conversations on this topic. The reasons are not hard to understand. Death in the best of circumstances is not easy to discuss. Even as an academic topic, most […]
“Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, […]
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3 New King James Version). There are not many things from which the Bible tells us to abstain. The word itself is used only 7 times in the New Testament—3 times in the book of Acts referring […]
“Prayer is not everything but everything is by prayer.” So said Ray Ortlund. All Christians would agree with that statement. No matter what our background, instinctively we know that prayer is central to the Christian life. Most of you are familiar with Corrie Ten Boom whose family hid Jews in Holland during World War II. […]
God has ordained that your trials are part of his plan to make you like Jesus. There are no short-cuts to spiritual maturity.
Not long ago I received the following letter. It came as a total surprise from a person living in another state: Dear Pastor Ray, I don’t think you would expect a message from me, but I felt God directing me to. It is kind of hard to find my words and I feel a bit […]