February 21, 2012

Why shoveling is easy and leading is hard

This morning, we woke up to a few inches of wet snow.  Most winters this wouldn’t come as a shock. But this winter has been surprisingly dry. My instinct was to put on my boots, grab a shovel and clean off the porch and pathway to our garage. It didn’t come with much resistance or […]

February 21, 2012

The husband who goes to war

Last weekend, a special couple from church celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. These are a few thoughts that were shared at the service, taken from Ephesians 5:22-27. The responsibility of husbands is to relinquish their own sin first, set their love and affection constantly on their wife and pursue strong and gentle leadership. 1. Christ […]

February 18, 2012

Jesus and stay at home moms

You have probably heard the title “stay at home mom.”  This refers to mothers who assume the primary responsibility for taking care of their children while the husband is at work. When I hear the title “Stay at home,” I think of two things. 1) The word “stay” as a verb or command: “You, stay […]

February 14, 2012

A short story of our church

East Balsam resides in a field just off of 108th street.  It is in a rural community, lots of farms, trees and lakes. We have no skyscrapers or 3 lane highways. There is not the noise of car horns or buses. You won’t hear anyone yell out “taxi” or watch a sea of faces swarming […]

February 14, 2012

An argument destroyed

In II Corinthians 10, Paul gives a description of how Christians are to fight in the world: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…. (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV). This is the call for every believer and every church. What thought has […]

February 8, 2012

Do you fight your sin?

The following admonition from the Puritan John Owen should stir your soul to fight sin. Indwelling Sin Not Only Abides, But Is Still Acting “Sin does not only still abide in us, but is still acting, still laboring to bring forth the deeds of the flesh. When sin lets us alone we may let sin […]

February 3, 2012

Are you a male or a man?

Being a man is about more than being male.  In other words, while one can be male, one can very easily never really become a man.  To become a man is to take responsibility, to be a gentle leader, to be both tough and tender.  It is to assume the kind of authority that makes […]

February 3, 2012

Jesus came to save hypocrites

Richard Steele (1629-1692) a puritan preacher from Chesire England had this to say about hypocrisy: “An upright saint is like an apple with rotten specks, but a hypocrite is like the apple with a rotten core. The sincere Christian has a speck of passion here, there one of worldliness, and there one of pride. But […]

January 29, 2012

Martin Luther and The ESV

Next weekend, we will be rolling out new ESV Bibles at our morning service.  The ESV is short for English Standard Version. This version has been around since 2001 and has made giant strides in offering its readers an accurate translation of the Bible in highly readable and artistic language. This is a short description […]

January 24, 2012

Thoughts from C.S. Lewis

I’ve been enjoying re-reading parts of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Here is an insightful excerpt from page 205: “I find I must borrow yet another parable from George McDonald. Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is […]

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