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  1. Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV)

    The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love […]

    March 15, 2017Hope, Prayer, Psalms
  2. Psalm 32 (ESV)

    Blessed Are the Forgiven A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day […]

    January 18, 2017Hope, Prayer, Thanksgiving, The cross, worship
  3. 1 Peter 4:7-11 (ESV)

    7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards […]

    July 27, 2016love, Ministry, Prayer, Stewardship, The Church, Training
  4. Prayers for Preachers

    People often ask me how they might pray for me.  Such inquiries are a kind blessing and encouragement.  Here’s a great place to start:  10 Reminders for Preachers (think of this as “10 Prayers for Preachers”!).   And as you pray for me, know that myself and the other elders are praying fervently for you […]

    January 6, 2016Ministry, Prayer, Thanksgiving
  5. Committing Afresh to Prayer

    As another year commences, let me encourage you to commit yourself afresh in Christ to “rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)   And as you “pray without ceasing”, what more powerful way to pray for […]

    December 30, 2015Prayer
  6. In the Gift of His Son

    With Paul’s prayer in Eph. 3:14-21, he is asking God to powerfully enable believers to live by faith in the fullness of all He is and has given in Jesus Christ.  Paul prays with great confidence and expectation that God will do abundantly more than all that could be asked or imagined.   Through this […]

    December 23, 2015Christmas, Exaltation of Christ, Prayer, worship
  7. The privilege of prayer

    “…in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”  (Eph. 3:12)   The privilege of prayer for God’s children is a privilege flowing from His adopting, redeeming love in Jesus Christ.  How unspeakable the assurance that, through faith, we have ongoing boldness and access with confidence in the presence of […]

    December 9, 2015Prayer
  8. The Basis of Our Identity

    We so easily lose sight of our identity in Christ!  How quickly we can forget who we are before God, and who we are in this world.  Temptations abound for us to look to things we see as the basis of our identity:  our abilities, our circumstances, our background, our relationships, our accomplishments, our approval/acceptance […]

    September 23, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Prayer, Training
  9. The Great Sufficiency of Jesus Christ

    Jesus Christ is the great sufficiency of His people!  Even as He lovingly ordains troubling circumstances, so He abundantly supplies for all His people’s needs, all the time.  His comforting words are always true and timely:  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”  (John 14:1) Beloved, consider how lavishly […]

    August 12, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Hope, Prayer, worship
  10. The Importance of Prayer

    The importance of prayer in the lives of God’s people cannot be overstated.  God has designed prayer to be the vital means by which His power is appropriated for the daily demands of “walking worthy” as His beloved children.  In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul models the importance of prayer (Eph. 1:15-23; 3:14-21), and […]

    May 20, 2015Prayer
  11. Sharing in this Ministry through Prayer

    Lord willing, I’ll be departing for Haiti in just a few hours (the evening of 4/22).  I leave with all of you – God’s people at RCG – very much on my heart, and in my prayers.  More and more, the thanksgivings and supplications of Paul in places like Eph. 1:15-23 and Eph. 3:14-21 reflect […]

    April 22, 2015Prayer
  12. Pray for the Ungodly

    Have you ever found yourself troubled, frustrated, and perhaps downright angry at the godlessness of the world we live in?  We see rank evil in every area of life:  government, entertainment, education, and our society in general.  And maybe you’re not just bothered by godlessness in a general way, but perhaps there are some specific […]

    April 8, 2015Prayer
  13. Greetings from the Shepherds Conference

    Greetings, brothers and sisters.  As you know, myself and 10 other men from RCG are currently at the Shepherds Conference in Los Angeles.  Thank you for your prayers!  We’re being encouraged with the preaching of God’s word, and the fellowship of literally thousands of like-minded men.  It is a blessing to be here – a […]

    March 4, 2015Ministry, Prayer, Sermons
  14. All-Out Commitment to Prayer

    Sadly, with increasing frequency and intensifying horror, the world is becoming all too familiar with the barbaric activities of ISIS.  As you know, most recently this evil group videotaped the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians on the shores of Libya.   Dr. Thom Schreiner provides some biblical thoughts and perspectives about this tragic event, and […]

    February 18, 2015Prayer
  15. God’s Work Among Us: Elder Affirmation

    As revealed in Eph. 1:3-14, the eternal plan of God, for His glory in Jesus Christ, is far more comprehensive and significant than anything we could ever imagine or dream of!  It begins in eternity past with the Father’s electing grace (vs. 1:4-6), and will culminate in eternity future with everything in heaven and on […]

    February 11, 2015church growth, Ministry, Prayer, The Church
  16. How to Read the Bible: A Matter of Stewardship

    Following my post in this column last week, I learned of this helpful article (thanks Sharon Lowery!):  Do’s and Don’ts When Reading the Bible.  These are very helpful encouragements, reminding us that more important than simply reading Scripture, is the vital question of how we read Scripture.   Given that “All Scripture is breathed out […]

    January 7, 2015Prayer, Pride and Humility, Sanctification, Stewardship, Training, Truth
  17. Thanksgiving from the Elders

    From the Elders:   What a great blessing, joy, and privilege it is to serve among you all in Christ’s work at RCG!  Our thanks to God for you, and prayers to Him on your behalf, follow the example of Paul: 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord […]

    November 26, 2014Prayer, Thanksgiving
  18. Indispensable Prayer

    Prayer is indispensably central to the fulfilling of God’s purposes for His people.  This truth is passionately modeled by Paul twice in his letter to the Ephesians (1:15-23; 3:14-21).  Paul’s own example adds meaning and weight to his explicit exhortation at the end of the letter: “…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all […]

    November 19, 2014Prayer
  19. As We Begin “Ephesians”

    With great joy and expectation, I’m planning to begin preaching through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians this coming Lord’s Day.  What a glorious portion of God’s Word this is, revealing the fullness of believers’ identity and calling in Christ, and the practical implications of how we’re to walk worthy of that calling.   The central […]

    October 29, 2014Prayer, Sermons, Training, Truth
  20. John 14:11-14

    11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the […]

    June 11, 2014Hope, Prayer
  21. Prayer for the Shepherd’s Conference

    As many of you know, the annual Shepherds’ Conference takes place this week at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles.  It begins on Wednesday morning, and concludes Friday evening.  Myself, Chuck Meadows, and Gary Francisco will be joining about 3497 other men from around the world for this unique opportunity.  Through numerous general and seminar […]

    March 5, 2013Ministry, Prayer
  22. Continue in Prayer…

    As news regarding the tragedy in Newtown, CT continues to saturate the media, I want to encourage you to continue in prayer for the Lord’s provision and purposes in the lives of all who have been impacted.  In particular, keep praying for the pastors and members of Newtown Bible Church.  God has given them a […]

    December 19, 2012Prayer, Uncategorized
  23. Pray for One Another

    God has made abundantly clear in His Word that His children are to love and serve one another (Jn. 13:34,35; Phil. 2:1-8). Growing and excelling in such love, by His power and for His glory, is absolutely non-negotiable. Assuming you are passionately pursuing loving one another in the love of Christ – which is one […]

    February 22, 2012Prayer

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