The church stands upon the pillars of the Word, the Sacraments, and prayer. This is at least true for those building off the Reformed or Presbyterian tradition. We have always needed God’s Word to guide and lead us. We have always needed the sacraments to strengthen us and visibly demonstrate the Gospel. But is prayer … More The Sudden Disappearance of the Prayer Meeting
Have you ever though to yourself: Why is prayer necessary? The God of the Bible is omniscient, meaning He knows all things. He knows what we are going to say before we say it. Our hearts are an open book before Him. If so, why then do we pray? Some individuals, whether they are well-intentioned … More Must We Pray?
In the Psalter, David once wrote, “Trust in Him [that is God] at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8 ESV). This verse of Scripture invites us to act in two distinct ways: 1) Trust in God always; 2) Pour out your heart before … More Pouring Out Your Heart
How do you grow as a Christian? So often today we find people wanting to advance in their education or career, they want to improve their diets and their physique, but how often do we find individuals who want to improve their walk with the Lord? The Bible teaches us that if we are calling … More How Do Christians Grow?
One of the great tools of the church are her prayerbooks. This comes as no surprise as the Bible itself contains the Book of Psalms: a book that may be described as much a hymnal as a prayerbook. Prayerbooks are collections of prayers written by various saints throughout history. They are valuable for a host … More Fighting for Hope
One of my favorite tools in my study is a little black book that belonged to one of my predecessors. It’s a rather ordinary little book that has certainly been through the wringer. However, its appearance ought not to be assumed equivalent with its value. It is a prayer book of the American Anglican tradition … More Prayers For Our Country
Jesus wants His disciples to know how to pray. So often people struggle to pray because they think God demands a select vocabulary in order for prayer to be acceptable. But what Jesus wants His disciples to know is that prayer is between a person and the true God. Jesus desires for us to understand … More A Family Prayer
One of my favorite books in the New Testament is the book of Hebrews. In many ways it is one of the richest veins of Biblical-Theological truth in the New Testament. Hebrews teaches us how we ought to understand the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its content is rich, but it is … More Can You Hear Me?
Have you ever been tempted to give up praying for someone or something? You had spent all this time and effort hoping and praying and it just seems as if God has put you on hold, so to speak. When we work through the Scriptures and drink in deep the living spring that is God's … More Ask, Seek, Knock
If you were a Christian in the early 2000’s, you probably know right where this is going: Veggie Tales. (No shame if you were not or have no idea what I’m talking about. But not knowing about Veggie Tales in the church is like not knowing about the Simpson’s or Elvis Presley in Hollywood. Do … More Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?