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[…]

How should we advise new converts?

What should we tell someone who has just made a decision for Christ.  Should we assure them of their salvation?  Should we tell them that they should never doubt their salvation because God’s word is true?  It seems to me that if God’s word is true, we should warn them that fruit will follow.  (Matthew[…]

What does it mean to love your enemies?

What does it mean to love your enemies? Numbers 14:19 “In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” The spies had just returned from their scouting of the land of Canaan and brought back their bad report,[…]

My Faith has Found a Resting Place

I find it hard to keep dry eyes when I meditate on the words of this hymn! “JESUS” the end of all of my desires! My Faith has Found a Resting Place My faith has found a resting place, Not in device nor creed; I trust the Ever-living One, His wounds for me shall plead.[…]

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,[…]