April 28, 2017
FrontLine • November/December 2007.
Serving God is wonderful and satisfying … sometimes. It is fantastic if we do it for God and not man, and if we accomplish it in God’s power and not our own. When we lose focus on God, then service can be burdensome; and when done in the power of self, it is frustrating. But serving God in the Spirit is nourishment. It gives wings to fly, not chains to enslave. We are “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). God has planned our service for us. His daily planner for our life is more important than ours. He goes ahead of us, preparing the places we are going and the people we will be meeting. He works out all things for His glory so that the work we do may be a part of His great and eternal work.
April 27, 2017
Our Annual Fellowship this year is a combined meeting with the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches.
Our meeting is hosted by Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. [Read More…]
April 26, 2017
FrontLine • March/April 2002.
One of the most important doctrines of our Christian faith is the deity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus must be God to save us (Isa. 45:21, 22). Jehovah’s Witnesses, among others, deny this Biblical truth. One passage that they twist in an attempt to deny Christ’s deity is Colossians 1:15. In this verse Christ is called “the firstborn of every creature.” It is claimed that this expression indicates that Christ is a creature and not fully God. However, the context clearly refutes this assertion.
April 25, 2017
I collect different editions of John Broadus’ The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. I have 20 different editions of this book. Broadus was a Southern Baptist instrumental in starting Southern Seminary. I grew up in Southern Baptist churches but ended my association with SBC churches in the late 1970s as liberalism and neo-orthodoxy were running rampant in the SBC. That time was also when some leaders within the SBC finally attempted to regain control of the SBC Presidency and move the SBC toward a more conservative position.
I have always had a respect for John Broadus. His well-known book on sermon preparation began during the Civil War as lectures to one homiletics student who was also blind. First published in 1870, the book has had four major editions: Broadus’ original edition, a revised edition by Edwin Dargan, a third revised edition by Jessee Burton Weatherspoon, and a fourth revised edition by Vernon Stanfield. The later editions removed much of the original material.
April 24, 2017
God’s people have always been led by God’s men. From Adam, to Abraham, to Moses, to David, to Peter and Paul, and scores of others, God has historically used men to help lead and guide His people down paths of righteousness and holiness. All of those men were imperfect, and led imperfectly. However, their hearts were bent towards the things of God, exhibited both by their inward faith and their outward manner of living. Throughout church history, God has led men to be the primary leaders of the church in pastoral ministries around the world. Yet the pastors are not the only ones called upon to be honorable in their lives. Every man who claims the name of “Christian” is designed by God to live honorable lives for the glory of God. Yet not all men do.