Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Saying Goodbye Well Is Hard to Do

Here this Sunday, my wife and I will attend our local church for the last time as members. While the Lord alone knows about the future, the present is what I’m referring to here in this article. Over the past five years, we’ve developed many friendships and have been involved in many ministries at our local church. While it’s been a refreshing season of not having any teaching or leadership responsibility for me, it’s also been also a season to focus on my marriage. Here in one week from today my wife and I leave Southern Idaho for the...

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What is the Will of God?

It’s a question that many of us ask: “What is God’s will for my life?” After all, what child of God does not want to know the answer to this? The question of purpose—who we are, why we’re here, what God wants of/from/for us—is fundamental to human existence. The best place to go for help in discovering God’s will is His revealed word. God gave us His word “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). WHAT IS THE WILL...

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Connecting the Church and Family

We believe that God has created the church and the family as complimentary institutions—designed to function together and support one another. The church I pastor (Wayside Presbyterian Church) has a desire to be a multigenerational, family supporting, family integrated church—where parents are being affirmed, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill their God-given privilege and responsibility of bringing up their children in the nurture and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). We want to reach the next generation everyday in homes, not just once a week in church. Whether they realize it or not, children’s directors and youth ministers have been...

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Encourage the Fainthearted

In 1 Thessalonians 5:14, the apostle Paul instructed his readers to, “…admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” This verse is a rallying cry within the biblical counseling movement. Counseling those who suffer across a broad spectrum of issues, and conditions are at the heart of the mission of biblical counseling. Helping people to patiently endure suffering as they learn, or are gently reminded that the sufferings of this present life are “not worthy of comparison to the weight of glory that is to come” (Rom. 8:18) is a privilege, and one...

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The Five Solas: Christ Alone

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is” (Mat. 16:13)? This question remains as pertinent a one today as it was when Jesus asked it of the disciples. Historically the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformers didn’t disagree with each other on the person of Christ. Instead, Reformation Christology followed the pattern set by the early Church Fathers. The point of contrast arose, however, over the sufficiency of Christ’s work. The Reformers’ recovery of the sufficiency of Christ’s work needs to be upheld by the church today. The Early Church creeds had clarified in powerful terms the...

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