Following are notes taken as I listened to a June 21, 2015, sermon by Pete Cocco delivered at Minier Christian Church in Minier, Illinois. I had originally posted these notes not long after he had delivered the sermon and while he was still the director of a local campus ministry. I then took the post … Continue reading An Example of the Way Scripture May Be Undermined in a Sermon
Having considered the decline of family worship, as well as some biblical principles and positive benefits to support its practice, I'd now like to offer several basic guidelines that should govern our thinking and practice as we endeavor to implement family worship in our homes. Be consistent and persistent To achieve consistency, we need to … Continue reading Family Worship: Some Practical Guidelines
Having considered the decline of family worship (Part 1) and some biblical support for its practice (Part 2), we look now at some positive benefits, which in turn supply another argument for its restoration. As Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether we eat, drink, or whatever we do, we’re to do all to … Continue reading Family Worship: Some Positive Benefits
In Part 1, we defined family worship as "the occasion in which the members of a given family gather together in order to participate in special acts of worship, such as the singing of praise, the reading and hearing of Scripture, and the offering of prayer to God." In this segment of our study, we'll … Continue reading Family Worship: Its Biblical Basis
I attended a Christian University along with 5,000 other students, most of whom came from Christian homes. Although I never conducted an official survey, my general impression was that very few of my fellow Christian students had grown up in homes where family worship had been regularly practiced. It was a foreign concept to most … Continue reading Family Worship: Its Decline
In this day and age, many churches have spent a lot of time considering or debating, the question, "Which musical style is best for worship?" But I would like to pose a more crucial question regarding worship. Is God pleased with any of our worship, considering how sinful we are? Are even our best efforts … Continue reading Is Our Worship Good Enough for God?
Jesus begins His final week of ministry by entering Jerusalem amidst a jubilant celebration. Multitudes greet Him, shouting “Hosannas” and waving palm branches in their hands, as He enters the city. For this reason, Christian tradition refers to this day as “Palm Sunday”—the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry. The fact that Christians through the centuries… via … Continue reading Palm Sunday: What Does it Mean? by Bob Gonzales
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About one year ago I was ordained by Grace Bible Church of Conway as one of the pastors. I have been a member here since 2011 and grew in service and responsibility over a few years before being ordained. I've learned a lot over the past year but what I've learned were not new concepts … Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned in my Pastoral Rookie Year.
May we all stop and ponder for a moment about the story of the gospel as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. I am amazed that God Almighty would sendus such a wonderful gift while we were His enemies and deserving of His wrath. My friend, Tom Nettles, sent me this poem, which prompted … Continue reading Christmas Poem by Tom Nettles