March 27, 2017
I recently finished a Sunday night preaching series on the miracles of Christ. We focused primarily on the miracles found in only one Gospel (eighteen) and a few of the more well-known miracles. Only one miracle is recorded in all four Gospels (feeding 5,000 men plus the women and children).
The variety of miracles and variety of ways Christ healed people are fascinating. Theologians often arrange miracles into four different categories: Death, Disease, Demons, and Nature. The miracles which Christ and the apostles did reveal the supernatural basis of what Christianity is: The work of God to redeem people. Redemption cannot happen naturally; It must happen supernaturally. Paul said that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). Christ’s words reveal the wisdom of God (Matt. 5-7), and Christ’s works/actions reveal the power of God (Matt. 8-9). Those who deny the reality of the miracles recorded in the Bible are denying the supernatural basis of redemption as well.
March 24, 2017
This week I attended the Northwest Regional FBFI Fellowship meeting, held at Westside Baptist Church in Eugene, OR. If you are interested, you can find our preaching in video format on the church Facebook page.
Our regional meeting usually has around 20 to 30 pastors and several church people in attendance and this meeting was no exception. Due to distances in the west, those who attend tend to be those in closest proximity to the host church, but some of us travel many miles to make the meeting every year as the Lord enables. We aren’t the only fellowship meeting available – you could probably travel every week of the year to some kind of conference or other, if you had the time and the money. Since you can’t attend them all, you have to decide which ones to make a priority. I’d like to talk about the blessings of fellowship meetings as an exercise in thinking about which meetings we should attend and why we should attend them.
March 23, 2017
And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. John 6:35
There are a number of I AM passages in John’s gospel followed by a metaphor that are used to reveal that Jesus Christ is sufficient for our every need. Jesus is bread (6:35), light (8:12), the door (10:7), the good shepherd (10:11), the resurrection and the life (11:25) and the true vine (15:1). So many people today are looking for happiness and the meaning of life in the wrong places.
March 22, 2017
We’d like to give you a preview of some of the articles in the January/December 2017 FrontLine. Information for subscriptions can be found here.
Reading Habits of the Wise
There is a common dilemma that those who have a love for reading often encounter. That dilemma is making significant progress in reading through an ever-growing stack (or digitally downloaded collection) of books that have attracted their interest. … It can get discouraging when, through the busyness of our ministry lives as we take care of the innumerable responsibilities in our day, we look back and find that even our “must-read” stack is gathering dust. …
March 21, 2017
FrontLine ♦ January/February 2017 | VOLUME 27 | NUMBER 1
The end of 2016 brought a national sigh of relief for most Americans, certainly for most believers. The frightful prospect of another Clinton presidency seemed almost certain. Atheistic voters and leftist politicians and bureaucrats were prematurely celebrating what they thought was the coup de grâce for any opposition to their godless hopes for America. Regardless of our thoughts on the personalities involved in the outcome of this most unusual election, there is a sense that we have been given a reprieve. It remains to be seen whether evangelism will prevail in the days ahead or whether God’s people, having shut off the alarm, will get up and go to work or turn over and go back to sleep.