A life of prayer is irrefutable proof of God-dependency. This is true not only of the individual believer, but also of the church. Prayer is direct communication with God. It is crucial, therefore, that we understand how God directs us to speak with Him. Continue reading
Talking to someone who is suffering can be disorienting. The person’s emotions and interpretations rush at you. And the sufferer’s pain guarantees you will need to use great care as you interact. But there is opportunity in trials because they give direction and shape to discipleship. This particular trial and this specific suffering become the immediate context in which discipleship takes place. Here are three basics to remember when the opportunity comes. Continue reading
We can be very thankful for all the major biblical counseling books which have been translated into the German language and for the several training opportunities in biblical counseling here in my country. Two of the “main ingredients” to help the German church grow in this essential field of shepherding the human heart are pretty much in place. But there is something our country lacks when it comes to practicing biblical counseling, and that is expertise and experience. Continue reading
When I was in college, God used a number of means to help me grow as a young Christian. I was thankful to be part of a healthy church that preached God’s Word, I had many relationships with other Christian brothers and sisters that encouraged me forward, and I also came in contact with a good number of solid books which deepened my understanding of God and His ways. Perhaps the most impacting books I read in my early Christian years were books on the attributes of God. Charnock, Tozer, Packer, and Pink were all wise friends who gave me a fuller and more majestic view of God through their writings. Continue reading
Do people grow just by knowing biblical content? Does memorizing biblical facts and hearing lectures alone prepare a person for ministry? Does just hearing content sanctify? Does knowing a lot about the Bible naturally lead to maturity? If training is more than knowing content, then what are the other ingredients? What are the dangers of just giving people content?
As one who has been around the Church for 59 years and been actively involved in the spiritual growth of the Church both at the local church, academic, and international level for 37 years, these questions have intrigued, haunted, pestered, and even plagued me. Continue reading