I suspect one of the marks of people of faith is the number of people who warn them to be more careful. My father received that advice a lot. I can’t count how many times people told him he was reckless to keep starting mission churches when his own church had so many financial needs….

It was a time of enormous upheaval and uncertainty. Political pundits and economists brimmed with opinions about what the future held. One thing was certain: change was afoot. The outgoing leader certainly had flaws. He had been prideful. He was not always receptive to critical feedback. But his successes had been many. The economy soared…

2020 will be a year for the record books. Many things caught people by surprise. Some aspects of the year were truly alarming. For people sensitive to eschatological issues, it provided a goldmine of signs, prophetic allusions, and apocalyptic scenarios. If you are concerned with the state of the nation and wonder what God is…

A.W. Tozer claimed, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Your view of God affects every aspect of your life. When you contemplate God, what is the first thing that springs to mind? His love? Power? Wisdom? It ought to be His holiness. We think…

Exam

During the early stages of the American Civil War, president Lincoln was plagued with poor generals. General Winfield Scott had been a hero in the Spanish American War, but he was aging and could no longer take the field. Officers who put in their time had been steadily promoted since that war and now held…

Political debate

“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” -Proverbs 27:2 One does not need to observe the current American political process for long to see that it often brings out the worst in people. By its nature, it encourages self-promotion. Each election cycle involves endless interviews…

American Flag

2020 Entering a new year is generally accompanied by large doses of optimism and hope as people consider the various opportunities and possibilities that lie before them. But 2020 carries with it a certain foreboding. Many people are concerned about what the future holds. Issues There are obvious reasons for this apprehension. On November 3,…

Abraham

My father used to say that partial obedience to God is disobedience. There is an interesting account found in Genesis chapter 12. God told Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family and from you father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). Verse four states, “So Abram departed as…

Leadership

On May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain. It was Britain’s darkest hour. The former prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, had tried to reason with Adolph Hitler. He failed, and Europe lay devastated before the German Wehrmacht. Nothing could stop the onslaught of Nazi Panzer divisions racing across France. At last,…

I grew up in a sparse mission setting in Canada. My father pastored a small church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. During his twelve years as pastor of Faith Baptist Church, God led us and our mission churches to plant dozens of new churches and mission posts across that vast territory. One Christmas, we drove south to…

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