Do we trust God?

Do we really believe that God loves us and is working everything for our good?  When we sin, do you realize that we are saying to God, “I don’t believe that you really have my best interest at heart.  I know a better way.” John MacArthur said it this way, “Every single temptation that Satan[…]

Rejoice Always!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It is easy to quote these words and accept them in theory, but to really live them out in practice is a different matter. How many Christians rejoice when they are diagnosed[…]

A New Chapter

We are beginning a new chapter in our ministry to Japan.  Although I say new, it is really the same thing.  We are continuing with the same church plant in the same location, but we have changed support organizations from AGWM to World Outreach (WOM).  This was not our choice, but new policies in AGWM[…]

Jonathan Edwards

This afternoon I listened to the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards.  (Of course, it is not the real Jonathan Edwards, but another person reading his sermon.)  This was the probably the most famous sermon ever preached on American soil.  This sermon in large part sparked the Great Awakening,[…]

What did we do with conviction?

John MacArthur wrote back in 1993 (more than 25 years ago!), “I am deeply concerned as I watch what is happening in the church today. Biblical Christianity has lost its voice. The church is preaching a gospel designed to soothe rather than confront sinful individuals. Churches have turned to amusement and show business to try[…]

Saturday sports day

On Saturday the local elementary school (where Daniel and Noah attend) will be holding their yearly sports day.  All of the kids are divided into a red team and a white team.  They compete in all sorts of races and games.  I will be running in a race with a ping pong ball, probably with[…]