'Paul' Tagged Posts

'Paul' Tagged Posts

SERVANTS OF CHRIST

“Did you hear the one about the minister, the priest and the rabbi…?”   Chances are, so have most pastors. Preacher jokes are as plentiful as lawyer jokes.  That’s OK. Some of them are truly funny. Pastors need to take the word of God seriously, not so much themselves.   What preachers see from their side of the pulpit can be comical too.  Ask…

“O THOU WHO CHANGEST NOT”

“I the Lord do not change,” says God on the pages of the prophet Malachi.   Many want God to change.  In fact, they demand that God change. The old saying goes:  When the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry.  We see it on the pages of the Gospels. When Jesus spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the…

EMBARRASSMENT BY ASSOCIATION

It isn’t always the case, but a lot of kids go through a phase when it’s not cool to be seen with Mom and Dad, when parents are not even to be seen, much less heard.  Some get so big for their britches that their nose never comes out of the clouds. They are wrongly and foolishly embarrassed by their own humble origins, too arrogant to be grateful to those who…

COMMON SIN & UNCOMMON GRACE

Paul once pointed the Corinthian Christians back to the sins of Israel in their wilderness days.  He then applied the lesson: “So let him who thinks he stands be careful that he does not fall.   No testing has overtaken you except ordinary testing. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but when he tests you, he will…

BACK TO THE BIBLE

The 17th chapter of Acts says:  “Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians. They received the word very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11  EHV). The Bereans were different, “more noble-minded,”  not by nature, but as believers in the coming Savior, God the Holy Spirit has given them…