Spiritual Disciplines

Should Leaders Be Worshippers?

Judges 5:1 – Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day… Judges 5 is clearly a Holy Spirit-inspired worship song that Deborah and Barak lead the leaders and people to sing in thanks to the Lord for His forgiveness of their sin and deliverance from their enemies. “Then sang Deborah and … Read more

What Does Obedience Look Like?

Acts 5:29 – But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men…” Deborah stepped up to lead in one of the darkest hours in the Old Testament. A Bible dictionary says, “Deborah judged Israel after Shamgar. When Deborah was raised as a judge, Israel had been oppressed by King Jabin of … Read more

How Can You Stand Firm in Your Faith?

2 Thessalonians 2:15 – So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.  In this section of his letter to the new Christians in the church at Thessalonica, Paul is encouraging them to “stand firm” with “steadfastness” and not … Read more

How Can We Have Victory in Life’s Battles?

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. In many battles, great sacrifices are made, including lives lost, to secure small areas of … Read more

What is Spiritual Warfare?

2 Thessalonians 1:4 – Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. A friend of mine who was in the military once shared a harrowing war story with me. He and his men were deployed … Read more

How Can You Suffer Well?

2 Corinthians 11:23, 30-31 – Are they servants of Christ? I am better one – I am talking like a madman – with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death…If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the … Read more

Does Your Family Have Family Meetings?

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 – For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.  Pastoring a flock is a lot like parenting a family. As a … Read more

How Can You Have a Healthy Soul?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  As Paul closes the book of 1 Thessalonians, he ends with practical and healthy habits for this godly church to have a strong soul, similar to the prescriptions a … Read more

Do You Have an Unhealthy Soul?

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. When you go in to visit your doctor, say for your annual checkup, … Read more

How Can You Live in Freedom and Health?

1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 – But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. Not only are Christians … Read more