Audio Sermon: Philemon – Transformed by the Spirit

My time in the US is almost done, after four great weeks – I’ll preach my last two sermons of many tomorrow here in New Jersey. My trip started in early July as I spoke at a adolescent camp in New Mexico, at Southwest Bible Camp. Afterwards I spoke at Garfield Gospel Chapel in Albuquerque before heading up […]

A Call to Embrace Suffering (Part 3 of 3)

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 and Part 2. (Context: Seeing Paul’s call to suffering as a type of Christ, who was called to suffer and die for the glory of God and the salvation of many. Part 3 continues the discussion and then applies it to us personally.) My mind immediately turns to […]

A Call to Embrace Suffering (Part 1 of 3)

Reading: Acts 20-23 (Context: Paul is finalizing his 3rd Missionary Journey, en route to Jerusalem.) What would you do if God were to clearly show you your future, there to see that it was to be full of suffering? Would God ever will for us to undergo pain, suffering, and trouble? The Biblical answer is […]

Rising from the Ashes (Part 1 of 2)

I often marvel at God’s graciousness and wisdom in using our foolishness, lack of foresight, and even sin to His glory. Be it through Scripture, the reading of biographies, or from personal experiences this truth is readily visible to any who would ponder such a thought. Why would a good, pure, and holy God care […]

How to Buy a Slave (Devotional)

Reading: Galatians 4:1-11 The world has a long and increasingly more terrible history of slavery: Britain has stories, America has stories, Africa has stories, France has stories, China has stories, Arabia has stories. Today slavery is largely past, as a generalization of course. Some think we are more enlightened because of this, that our ancestors […]

Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 17-18. (Context: Abram and Sarai are promised a son, to be called Isaac. Skepticism ensues  of course, seeing that they are 99 and 89, respectively. God also changes their names from Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah. Circumcision is instituted in Abraham’s household, separating his household as God’s Household, and future Nation. Lastly, […]

The Pursuit of Truth

I have seen men old and young, men of old and men of now–slaves to doubt, chained by reason. Is life a sick experiment–has nature formed us to deceive and break us? Or are we breaking ourselves with our own thoughts and passions? Is our hope of life, a fulfilled life, simply a vanishing hope […]