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Prayer and the Persistent Knock

Prayer and the Persistent Knock

“To pray is to let Jesus glorify his name in the midst of our needs.”—O. Hallesby Dear church family,Two weeks ago in Adult Sunday School, we read through a poem on prayer by George Herbert. Last week we discussed prayer and those present received a copy of Don S. Whitney’s Praying the Bible. Wow! What a class! English metaphysical poetry, free…

Prayer and its Metaphors

Prayer and its Metaphors

“To pray is to let Jesus glorify his name in the midst of our needs.” —O. Hallesby Dear church family, In our last class of Adult Sunday School (all are invited, 9:30 AM, at The Cotillion), we discussed prayer by looking at Luke 11:1-2 and reading through a poem entitled Prayer by George Herbert (1593-1633). Herbert was a priest in the Church…

Nothing Better

Nothing Better

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,” (Eccl. 2:24) This weekend, we considered the wisdom of Qoheleth (The Teacher) as he meditates on the mysterious vapor that is our lives here under the sun of a cosmos…

Reading Ecclesiastes – Part 2

Reading Ecclesiastes – Part 2

Dear church family, The following lengthy story illustrates the power of Ecclesiastes to direct us away from the smoke-like things of this world to the most substantial thing—the gospel. Pastor Philip Graham Ryken relates the following episode in the life of Eutropius and Chrysostom: Eutropius had fallen into disgrace. As the highest-ranking official in the Byzantine Empire (late fourth century),…

Reading Ecclesiastes

Reading Ecclesiastes

“A godly man prefers grace before goods, and wisdom before the world.”  –Richard Bernard      What is Ecclesiastes? It is a book in the Old Testament. It is part of the Old Testament’s Wisdom Literature. What is Ecclesiastes? It is the fruit of a promise that God made to Solomon. The promise is found in 1 Kings 3: 5 At Gibeon…

Discipleship III

Discipleship III

“The Christian’s life should put his minister’s sermon in print.” –William Gurnall Dear church family, As I read William Gurnall’s observation, “The Christian’s life should put his minister’s sermon in print,” I am not thinking of my own sermons but rather a recent sermon by Darin. It was in this sermon that he defined discipleship as “the intentional, passionate, and…

Discipleship II

Discipleship II

“They who will not wear Christ’s yoke will much less bear his burden.” –William Gurnall Dear church family, What is discipleship? And how long of a process is it? For the answer to the first question, we will simply repeat the definition that Darin recently shared, “Discipleship [is] the intentional, passionate, and consistent pursuit of spiritual growth and fruitfulness, not…

Discipleship

Discipleship

“Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way of our own choosing.”                                                            —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dear church family, We preach discipleship. We discuss it as central to who we are at The Road. We acknowledge its centrality to the life and work of Jesus Christ. After Jesus was tempted by Satan, and after he announced his mission in the synagogue, what did…