WA Criswell

www.wacriswell.com This site provides a collection of over two thousand sermons Dr. W. A. Criswell preached during his fifty-five years of ministry at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, organized by date, verse, category, topic, and word. The messages are available through streaming audio and video, transcripts, and sermon outlines. There are several featured […]

Godly Wisdom for Financial Freedom

(This appeared as part of the “Godly Wisdom for a New Millennium Series”.) by Michael Catt Proverbs 21:20 God is interested in how you spend the hours of your life and where you will spend eternity. I. Why Should I Honor the Lord with My Money?“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” […]

"The Christian minister, as someone has pointed out, is a descendant not of the Greek orator but of the Hebrew prophet. The differences between the orator and the prophet are many and radical, the chief being that the orator speaks for himself while the prophet speaks for God. The orator originates his message and is responsible to himself for its content. The prophet originates nothing but delivers the message he has received from God who alone is responsible for it, the prophet being responsible to God for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message clearly and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men."

"Lord, I'm reminded this morning of the thought from the late seminary chaplain Richard Seume: 'When your people sit in front of you on Sunday morning, they're not interested in hearing another man tell them how to live their lives; they've come to hear a word from God.' May that be my prophetic perspective this week. Amen." - A. W. Tozer


When J. Wilbur Chapman was called as pastor of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in January of 1890, a layman approached him and said, "You are not a very strong preacher, but a few of us have decided to gather and pray every Sunday morning for you." That prayer meeting grew to over 1,000 before it was all over. Chapman conducted his own revival soon after taking the pastorate, and 400 new members were added to the church, most of them by profession of faith. The Sunday School attendance eventually reached 12,000. At the time, Bethany was the largest Presbyterian church in America.

- source Gerald Harris, The Christian Index, Volume 185, Number 23


School, 1957 v. 2009

Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.2008 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his […]

Christian Children’s Fund

(from a Newsbrief in The Christian Index) Christian Children’s Fund, an organization that helps needy children across the globe, has decided to change its name to ChildFund International to broaden its outreach. “We are now part of an alliance of 12 organizations around the world who have the same goal of working to help deprived […]

Once Upon a Tree

– Calvin Miller This book review was submitted by Dr. Franklin Kirksey. Dr. Calvin Miller shares in Once Upon A Tree: Answering the Ten Crucial Questions of Life (Calvin Miller, Once Upon A Tree: Answering the Ten Crucial Questions of Life (West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing Co., Inc., 2002), pp. 196-197), “Recently I preached a […]

Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word

A Model of Faith and Thought – Douglas A. Sweeney. IVP Academic. “Jonathan Edwards has been recognized as the most influential evangelical theologian of all time. Accounting for this enduring impact, historian Douglas Sweeney shows how Edward’s profound and meticulous study of the Bible securely anchored his powerful preaching, his lively theological passions and his […]


Written by: Bill Elliff“After these things, God tested Abraham…” (Genesis 22:1) God is ruthlessly interested in your faith. He will use everything at His disposal to develop you into a person who trusts Him. He knows that your life, the life and salvation of those around, and His glory are all at stake. He knows […]

The Sovereignty of God

(This article was written in May of 2009.) As I send out this article, I learned last week that I have developed a serious health issue as a consequence of exposure to asbestos and other insulations. There are many more tests I must yet face, but regardless, this article is my response to and confidence […]

Must-See Summer Movies and TV Shows

It’s been a while since I did my movie and TV recommendations, so I thought it was time for us to catch up on movies we must see and TV shows we need to DVR. Of course, my thoughts on the movies may differ from that of the actual scripts… Star Trek – People gazing […]

P Is for Prophet (Part 2)

The Price We admire the ancient prophets from afar, and perhaps some of the prophet-like servants of God today, but we sometimes forget that each of them had a price to pay. Being a prophet means harder work. Jeremiah, Ezekiel and John the Baptist were born to be priests, but the Lord called all three […]