Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

Nice Things or Good Things?

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in […]

Edmund Calamy’s Prayer at Aldermanbury [Dead Guy University]

Once more we turn to the past to stand on the shoulders of giants. Each Sunday I post classic pieces from Christian preachers and leaders throughout church history. Today we look at a prayer that came out of a dark moment in Britain. A prayer of Edmund Calamy (1600-1666). The occasion of the prayer was […]

How To Have a Transformational Quiet Time

One of the most basic instincts of the follower of Jesus is a daily quiet time. Some people call it their “devotions”. Simply, it’s a time set aside each day to get alone and, at the very least, read the Bible and pray. This is such a vital activity for fueling a Christian’s spiritual walk, […]

Swinging the Hammer of God’s Word

“Is not My word like … a hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces.” Jeremiah 23:29 This text conjures up for me the image of a man on a chain gang, singing in cadence with his comrades as they swing their sledgehammers down onto granite boulders. Blow after blow is made, and you wonder if […]

Ways to Maximize Your New Year Start to 2012

New Year Resolutions often don’t last the first week of the year, but I do believe that new year is an excellent time to renew again the basic COMMITMENTS of following Jesus. Keep your new year commitments as short, simple and specific as possible.  Don’t have 25 goals, each made up 10 projects, and don’t […]

Rowing and Revival

“So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they […]

God’s Delight in Judgment

“But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.”  (Jeremiah 9:24) God reveals aspects of His nature in this verse, telling us things that He delights in. Now we […]

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Tomorrow we begin “Holy Week”, the central event of the Christian calendar. If you’re in the Danbury area we hope you’ll come out and join us at First Assembly for our Palm Sunday service at 10.45am.   My message tomorrow morning is titled “Do you think He will not come?” from John 11:56. A question […]

Viva La Reformacion!

I have been sensing the dealings of God in my heart for some months now; speaking with other pastors and church leaders I am encouraged that many are feeling challenged in remarkably similar ways. It’s my conviction that God is preparing a remnant in the church for an awakening. Indeed it’s already underway in seed […]

Focus on Election ’08

If you weren’t at First Assembly this morning, here’s a brief summary of my message. (I took a one week break from our current series preaching through Ephesians to address next week’s election.)   A Christian Voter’s Guide

"It Will Be Better For You if I Go"

Can you imagine the disciples faces when they heard those words? John 16:7. Jesus said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” This […]