Putting the Gospel to Work

by Vance Havner The good news has been denied, it’s been defended, and it’s been declared; but what it needs most is to be demonstrated. The best argument for Christianity is a Christian. There is nothing distinctive about many church members today. They’ve lost their identity because they’ve lost their identification. They’re lost in the […]

“The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.” --Billy Graham

“Home is eating cold watermelon together on a hot day in the backyard and building a snow man six months later in the same spot. Home is where I discover wonder and learn to dream. It is where I find joy.” --Bill and Nancie Carmichael

“You know what’s helped in the Swindoll home? To think of where we live as a training place, not a showplace. The home is a laboratory where experiments are tried out. It is a place where life makes up its mind. The home is a place where a child is free to think, to talk, to try out ideas. In a scene like that, God fits very comfortably into the entire conversation. And at any place where His name is inserted, it fits.” --Charles Swindoll

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” --Robert Frost

“Home to me is not just a roof over my head, but a dream. If I lost my home it would be like losing all my thoughts, dreams, and memories. I love everything about it, from the north of the house to the south of the house. From the east of the house to the west of the house. If a fire burned down my house, the tears would roll down my face like the water down dirty windows.” --Allison Slater, age nine

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.” --Psalm 127:1

“When home is ruled according to God’s Word, angels might be asked to stay with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element.” --Charles H. Spurgeon

Home and Family

Seven Essentials of Church Building Projects

Mike Hankins  (as seen in Rev Magazine, July/August 2005)   Commit to the overall project budget early in the process. If you can afford $2 million, don’t have an architect design an $8 million project. Hankins says a typical formula used by lending institutions to determine a “ballpark figure” for what your church can afford is: three times your annual […]

When People Throw Stones

– Blaine Allen. Kregel. This is one of three books I would recommend to those who are going through the battle or trying to survive the batte. This one, Ron Dunn’s book Surviving Friendly Fire and Marshall Shelley’s Well Intentioned Dragons. All three should be required reading for ministers 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren […]

The Wilberforce Connection

– Clifford Hill In the mid 18th century Wilberforce and his friends set out to transform society. Their impact on Great Britain can not be denied. This is worthy reading if you are interested in impacting the 21st century culture. We need the same vision and passion if we are going to address this post modern […]

Emerging Church

– Michael Moynagh While the term emerging church is not a new one, this book is a good introduction and overview to this movement. I was in a recent pastors meeting where there was much discussion and debate about the emerging church. I wish I had read this book before that meeting and been more aware […]

Behold The King, A Study in Matthew

– Stanley Toussaint This long time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary has written a classic commentary on the first gospel. The book is biblically solid and practical. If you are preaching on the Kingdom of God, this is a great resource from a dispensational and premillennial perspective. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren […]

A Trip to Oz

One of the most watched movies of all time is the children’s favorite, The Wizard of Oz. I doubt if there is a child out of the last four generations that has missed seeing it. Isn’t it amazing how the characters have maintained their youth? Their story is still as relevant today as it was when […]

How Do Men Learn Differently From Women?

A modest research to get us started… It is no secret that the church is more attractive to women than to men, especially Sunday School and small group Bible studies. While some argue the American Christian church is made up of 70% women and only 30% men, the ratio varies widely depending on the age, […]

Christmas is Coming…Buy Books!

With the coming of Christmas, we’re all getting our lists together of what we will give to our friends and family. Most of what we will buy will have no eternal value. They will wear out, become boring or break. Some will be out of style before we get the credit card bill. Much of […]

James: The Glory of Suffering (Part 2)

The second truth is that suffering and glory go together. You can have suffering without glory. Many unsaved people suffer, but they have no lasting glory. You can have suffering without glory, but you cannot have glory without suffering. Satan promises glory without suffering. He offered it to Jesus when he showed Him all the kingdoms […]