The Old Rugged Cross

(Author unknown) John 19:17 I. Bearing the Cross (vv 17, 18) II. On the Cross (vv 19-22) III. Beneath the Cross (vv 23, 24) IV. By the Cross (vv. 25-27) V. Above the Cross (vv. 28-30) VI. Down from the Cross (vv. 31-42) VII. Beyond the Cross (chapters 20, 21) 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, […]

"God gives us opportunities each day to resist passivity and develop biblically masculine characteristics. Each of the challenges you face should be viewed as instruments in God's hands to help shape you - a masculine sanctification, if you will. But remember this is not a self-reliant vision of masculinity. As a man, you are called to act, to lead and work hard and at the same time, you are ultimately dependent on God." - Randy Stinson


The late W. A. Criswell, pastor of FBC of Dallas, Texas, was once asked by Gerald Harris to describe his greatest challenge as pastor. He said, "Well, now lad, you know George Truett was the pastor of this church for 47 years. Some of the people still revere Dr. Truett with an unwavering allegiance; and some still regard me as an intruder. Therefore my greatest challenge has been to live in the shadow of my highly esteemed predecessor." At the time Criswell made the statement, he had been pastor at First Dallas for 42 years.


"You really do kid only yourselves if you think you can be an orthodox Christian and be at the same time cool enough and hip enough to cut it in the wider world. Frankly, in a couple of years it will not matter how much urban ink you sport, how much fair trade coffee you drink, how many craft brews you can name, how much urban gibberish you can spout, how many art house movies you can find that redeemer figure in, and how much money you divert from gospel preaching to social justice: maintaining biblical sexual ethics will be the equivalent in our culture of being a white supremacist." - Carl Trueman


Thought for Easter

O happy world today if we could knowThe message of that morning long ago!There is no dark despair that cannot beEvicted from the heart’s Gethsemane;For faith is always more than unbelief,And vibrant courage triumphs over grief. – Mary E. McCullough 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up […]

The Most… The Greatest…

The most destructive habit…WorryThe greatest joy…GivingThe most satisfying work…Helping othersThe ugliest personality trait…SelfishnessThe most endangered species…Dedicated leadersOur greatest natural resource…Our youthThe greatest “shot in the arm”…EncouragementThe greatest problem to overcome…FearThe most effective sleeping pill…Peace of mindThe most crippling failure disease…ExcusesThe most powerful force in life…LoveThe most dangerous pariah…A gossiperThe world’s most incredible computer…The brainThe worst […]

Volume 13, Issue 6

Prayer for Hurting PastorsAuthor unknown “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious […]

Charting the Course

Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace – Bruce Howard. Biblica Books. “Markets have no values; they are morally neutral. But people do follow morals, and that can influence the economic world in which we live. In his financially timely book on the subject of moral and ethical influences on modern life, Dr. Bruce Howard […]

The World Is Waiting for One Spiritual Rebel

Written by: Bill Elliff Can I read the newspaper for you today, but use a slightly different historical context? The people of the nation had sinned against the Lord (2 Kings 18, the Israelites). Everything God told them not to do, they did. Even when God sent prophets to warn and counsel them they did […]

Taking Calculated Risks

Tom Elliff tells the inspiring story of playing a round of golf at the distinguished Augusta National where they play the Masters Tournament. Having come to “amen corner,” Tom was now standing on the tee box of the most famous hole in golf; the dog-leg left, par five, number thirteen. The beauty of the azaleas […]

Reflections on ReFRESH

We have just returned from a trip that covered nearly 1,900 miles on the bus—plus airplanes, multiple hotels, and a lot of eating out! We’ve finished our winter/spring ReFRESH® Conferences in Branson and Pigeon Forge. There were nearly 1,200 pastors, wives, and lay leaders who attended these two meetings. God was all over the meetings […]

When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions

Read Acts 27:1-20 It was late Christmas Eve, and I was trying to put together my son’s toy garage. The situation was becoming more and more frustrating. My wife smiled and said, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” It was a word fitly spoken. The fate of that toy garage was nothing compared to […]