“Wind & Waves” Part 16

Wind & Waves
“Excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. Be diligent to study, being approved before God as an unashamed workman, accurately handling – cutting straight – the Word of God.” Ecclesiastes 12:12; 2 Timothy 2:15
 
King Solomon was not against books – he was against a devotion to books that were not dedicated to God’s Wisdom. Books of worldly wisdom will only proliferate the uselessness of man’s thinking. The Apostle Paul charged Timothy with Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 15

Wind & Waves
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.” Proverbs 27:23-24
 
This pastoral proverb about “caring for flocks and herds” is heartwarming and inspiring. It is an admonition to go well beyond merely taking care of one’s “flocks and herds,” to “knowing them well.” The idea of Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 14

Wind & Waves

“And on the seventh day God rested from all His works. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” Genesis 2:2; Hebrews 4:9
 
Pastoral Sabbatical June 5-July 9, 2017

Rest is a biblical principle modeled after God Himself. Scripture tells us that after God worked for six days, He rested on the seventh day; not because He was tired, but because He wanted to set an example for us to follow. A day of rest means Read more…



“Wind & Waves” Part 13

Wind & Waves
You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“Even the wind and the waves obey Him!” Matthew 8:27
 
“Refusing to properly listen to God’s Word is as foolish as refusing to eat. What would you think if I told you I wanted to become physically strong, but I stubbornly refused to eat? What if I said becoming strong was a top priority in my life, but I thought Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 12

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?” Habakkuk 1:2-4
 
“Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness
by Stephen Viars, DMin Biblical Counseling Westminster Theological Seminary, 2011, $9.79.

 

Many people just cannot “get past their past.” Some of us cannot get past our failures. Some of us cannot get past what happened to us. People often think “the past is nothing” and suppress the brokenness they experience, or they think Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 11

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“The LORD does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” Psalm 9:12
 
“Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease”
by Dr. Benjamin Mast, 2014, Zondervan Books, 191 pages, $14.99.
 
This book is an incredible read for many reasons. The author is ultra-qualified on the topic. Dr. Mast is a renowned expert on the topic of Alzheimer’s Disease, a Professor of Psychological Brain Sciences and Geriatric Medicine at Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 10

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“My eyes flow with rivers of tears.” Lamentations 3:48
 
“Strength in the River: Lessons in Hope from Suffering Saints of the Bible”
by Steve Swartz, Kress Biblical Resources, 2016, 207 pp., $14.99.
 
The great 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” When the pain of a life-altering event first arrives, the theological truths we know about God and suffering carry us, but Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 9

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“Behold, children are a gift from the LORD.” – Psalm 127:3
 
“The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising A Family”
Stuart Scott & Martha Peace, 2010, P&R Publishing, 241 pages, $11.99.
 
Parents and children need help from the One who is Perfect, who understands our need, and who can really help us – God Himself. The most important relationship in your family is your relationship with God – that’s the relationship that is Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 8

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“Even the wind and waves obey Him!” – Luke 8:25
 
“God’s High Calling for Women”
John MacArthur, Moody Publishers, 2009, 90 pages.
 
What a confusing world for women today. Women are told to be bold, assertive, indpendent, and competitive. They are expected to take leadership, exert authority, be bread winners, and to single-handedly tackle all Read more…


“Wind & Waves” Part 7

Wind & Waves: You Gotta Read This! (YGRT!)
“Don’t be children, tossed here and there by every wave and wind of crafty, tricky, deceitful schemes of men, but grow up in all aspects of Christ.” Ephesians 4:14-16
 
A Time for Confidence: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society
by Stephen J. Nichols, Reformation Trust, Ligonier Ministries, Orlando, FL, 2016.
 
Our society is quickly abandoning its Christian past and followers of Christ often feel confused and frightened. When our human leaders, politicians, and government fail us, we begin to doubt, and compromise begins to creep in. But this is a time for Read more…