Sheep: Sinners Dear to God’s Own Heart

  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned -- every one -- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6) And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:31) Last [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:42:35+00:00 January 12th, 2011|Church|0 Comments

Elders: Men with a Shepherd’s Heart

  And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding - Jeremiah 3:15 At the beginning of every year we take time as a congregation to nominate and select and ordain (if there are any nominated and selected) men for the offices of elder and deacon. For [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:42:23+00:00 January 5th, 2011|Church|0 Comments

The Church at Prayer

“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer...” - Acts 1:14 Ceaseless prayer to God is God’s will for us (1 Thes. 5:16-18).  This type of dedication to prayer is “the clearest mark of...a humble, God-dependent spirit...,” writes Paul Tautges.  We all know it is true, and we’ve heard it a thousand times:  [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:52:10+00:00 August 25th, 2010|Church, Prayer|0 Comments

The Means of Grace

Sinners are self-centered.  We love ourselves.  In our rebellion or lawlessness (1 John 3:4) we have exchanged the fullness of joy in God’s presence for that which will never satisfy.  Sin is described in all sorts of ways throughout the Bible, but at the root of it, sin is a dissatisfaction with God.  Sin is [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:33:34+00:00 March 10th, 2010|Church|0 Comments

Deacons After God’s Own Heart (Part 2 of 3)

Acts 6:1-7 I.          Godly Servants Humbly Serve, 1-4.  The first thing Luke points out here is that deacons are to serve.  That is the essence of the name of their title.  Elders are to shepherd and Deacons are to serve.  Now there are certainly some overlaps between these two offices and even with all of [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:47:42+00:00 February 3rd, 2010|Church|0 Comments

Deacons After God’s Own Heart (Part 1 of 3)

Acts 6:1-7               As a church of Christ, we are still in the process of officer nominations for the year 2010.  God’s Word makes it clear that we want men after God’s own heart leading us in faithfulness to the Lord.  We want men who by God’s grace have God’s glory and our good [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:47:53+00:00 January 27th, 2010|Church|0 Comments

Elders After God’s Own Heart, Part 2

Acts 20:28-38             As we go through the process of selecting elders, Paul gives us some direction on whom we should choose to be our shepherds.  As you exercise your rights and privileges as members in selecting shepherds, consider what Paul teaches us.  These truths ought not only shape how you choose and vote, [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:48:12+00:00 January 20th, 2010|Church|0 Comments

Elders After God’s Own Heart Part 1

Acts 20:28-38             Every new year we face challenges and trials and opposition from within and without.  But God has graciously given the Church two offices to govern us according to the ways He has set forth for His Kingdom.  Jesus has authoritatively entrusted shepherds (elders) to primarily cultivate a love for the Lord [...]

By | 2014-08-18T20:48:26+00:00 January 13th, 2010|Church|0 Comments

General Assembly 2009 Report

Two weeks ago, Pastor Bailey and I attended the 37th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in Orlando, Florida.  Part of our presbyterian form of government, the general assembly is an annual meeting of teaching and ruling elders representing churches and presbyteries in our denomination.  In addition to overseeing and conducting the [...]

By | 2014-08-18T23:13:46+00:00 July 2nd, 2009|Church|0 Comments