To Go Or Not To Go?

If the servant of God is at all faithful, he is frequently examining both himself and his ministry and honestly asking the question, “Is it time for me to make a move?” The issue is not career advancement, more money or the desire to escape from difficult problems. (There are difficult problems in every church; […]

Life’s Too Short To Be In A Dead Church

After I went into the ministry, I can recall numerous conversations with my parents about the sorry spiritual condition of their church. Fortunately, I was able to serve some very strong churches as a staff member. They would visit us and inevitably say something like, “Brother __________ sure can’t preach like that. All he does […]

Change My Church? Do It And Say Your Prayers

by Dr. Joe McKeeverFirst Baptist Church, Kenner Louisiana We have a firestorm raging here in New Orleans. It started a few days ago when Galatoire’s restaurant fired a veteran waiter named Gilberto for sexual harassment. First, a word about this world famous eatery which some refer to as a temple of food. Thirty years ago […]

Shall We Crown or Crucify Jesus?

By Vance Havner John 18:33-40; 19:12-16 Christ or cynicism? ‘What is truth?’ Christ or criminality? Barabbas Christ or Caesar? ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ Vance Havner, Pepper ‘n’ Salt Page 35 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

Man of Faith

– Dr. Ray Stedman. Multnomah. Stedman deals with the life of Abraham. These 19 chapters read more like old-fashioned “Bible readings” than expository sermons, but they are nevertheless full of nourishment. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

"God has his hours and his delays. - J. A. Bengel

"I have lived, seen God's hand through a lifetime, and all was for best." - Robert Browning

"Providence is crowned by the end of it." - Stephen Charnock

"God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm."
- William Cowper

"The longer I live, the more faith I have in providence, and the less faith in my interpretation of providence." - Jeremiah Day

"Sometimes providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards." - John Flavel

"God's providences often seem to contradict his purposes, even when they are serving them." - Matthew Henry

"Everything that happens to me can help me along in my Christian life." - E. Stanley Jones

"Nothing is or can be accidental with God." - Henry W. Longfellow

"Our Lord God doeth work like a printer who setteth the letters backwards; we see and feel well his setting, but we shall see the print yonder - in the life to come." - Martin Luther

"God not only orders our steps; he orders our stops." - George Muller

"God rules and overrules." - William S. Plumer

"We need never fear that God will be dethroned, or over-reached or defeated." - William S. Plumer

"God's providence is all exercised through Christ." - Augustus H. Strong

"I do not know why God does some things, but I am convinced that nothing is accidental in his universe." - A. W. Tozer

"It is a sin as much to quarrel with God's providence as to deny his providence." - Thomas Watson

"If a Christian has to change his plans, it is always because God has something better in store." - Phil Webb

"All the world's thrones are occupied by rulers under God's authority." - anonymous

"The same God who controls the sun cares for the sparrow." - anonymous

"There are no accidents in the life of a Christian." - Rowland Bingham

"What God intends, he decrees; what God permits, he has foreseen." - Arthur C. Custance

"If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in our circumstances." - George Muller

"Providence is the perpetuity and continuance of creation." - Richard Sibbes

"Not a drop of rain falls in vain." - John Trapp

"God is to be trusted when his providences seem to run contrary to his promises." - Thomas Watson

"God is not defeated by human failure." - William J. C. White

"God gives, but man must open his hand." - Proverb (German)

"God gives the milk but not the pail." - Proverb (German)

"I firmly believe in divine Providence. Without belief in Providence I think I should go crazy. Without God the earth would be a maze without a clue." - Woodrow Wilson

"God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promise. God promised David to give him the crown, to make him king; but providence turns contrary to His promise; David was pursued by Saul, was in danger of his life; but all this while it was David's duty to trust God. The Lord doth oftentimes, by cross providence, bring to pass His promise. God promised Paul the lives of all that were with him in the ship; but now the providence of God seems to run quite contrary to His promise; the winds blow, the ship splits and breaks in pieces; and thus God fulfilled His promise; upon the broken pieces of the ship, they all come safe to shore. Trust God when providences seem to run quite contrary to promises." - Thomas Watson

"Grace makes the promise and providence the payment." - John Flavel

"God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free agency and responsibility of intelligent creatures." - James Boyce

"Fate is not the ruler, but the servant of Providence." - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

"God never does anything to you that isn't for you." - Elizabeth Elliott

"I have lived a long time and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see that God governs in the affairs of men." - Benjamin Franklin

"That power which erring men call chance." - John Milton

"We serve a gracious Master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to His glory and our own advantage." - John Newton

"God writes straight with crooked lines." - Spanish proverb

"Man proposes but God disposes." - Thomas รก Kempis

"A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution of all earthly problems. It is almost equally true that a clear and full apprehension of the universal providence of God is the solution of most theological problems." - B. B. Warfield

"We are immoral until our work on earth is done." - George Whitefield


People In Pain

Dr. Wayne E. Oates and Dr. Charles E. Oates, a father-son team, Westminster. This an excellent guide-book for the pastor or counselor who must encourage people who hurt, and there are at least 90 million Americans who live with chronic pain. Dr. Charles E. Oates is a medical doctor; his father is the well-known writer […]

Single Parenting

A Wilderness Journey – Robert G. Barnes, Jr. Tyndale. The book is not only for the single parents themselves but also for those who pastor them. The author balances biblical truth with excellent practical counsel, and he is not afraid to tackle some tough problems. Put a copy in the church library. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an […]

When Somebody You Love Is Dying

– Ruth Kopp, M.D. Zondervan. Kopp writes for both the terminally ill patient and those who care for the patient. Her approach helps all involved face death with honesty and faith. A compassionate book that concerned pastors ought to read. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up […]

Why Did Christ Die?

– F.E. Marsh. Reprinted by Kregel. This is excellent doctrinal and devotional material. Marsh has done a good deal of spadework for you. Use it! 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

Volume 02, Issue 16

September 1 Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed, 1666 Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery, 1865 Earthquake strikes Tokyo & Yokohama, kills 106,000, 1923 Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan), 1945 September 3 Treaty of Paris signed (ending the US Revolutionary War), 1783 World’s 1st […]

Checking Out The Church Library

By Warren W. Wiersbe Our pastor recently asked me to join a “Committee to Revitalize the Library,” which is in the room also known as the junior high Sunday-school room. And also known each October as the storage room for the women’s annual rummage sale. I smelled an oxymoron in the phrase “Committee to Revitalize.” […]

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