5 Smooth Stones

5 Smooth Stones

“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had…and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:40). Picture the scene in your mind’s eye—two opposing...
From Discipleship Selection to Apostleship Branding–  Identity vs. Role Confusion and Intimacy vs. Isolation—  the DISCIPLES AND STUDENTS TODAY

TEN MINUS ONE—THANKSGIVING—DO THE MATH

“Were they not ten cleansed, but where are the nine”? (Luke 17:17) In the year 1844, Henry Alford penned the words to the present hymn, “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”. At the age of 16, in 1826, he made a solemn written vow in his Bible to “renew his covenant with...
From Discipleship Selection to Apostleship Branding–  Identity vs. Role Confusion and Intimacy vs. Isolation—  the DISCIPLES AND STUDENTS TODAY

MAKE YOUR CALLNG AND ELECTION SURE—WITH DILIGENCE

“Wherefore brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). It’s the still quiet of the morning hour, and the loud silence makes more poignant the admonition to “make our calling and election sure”. Pre- election pundits and...