Which way do YOU attend church?

Abraham Kuyper

Imagine attending church, but in such a way that you take your seat there without feeling any attachment to the congregation. You are lost in your own thoughts, you have all sorts of worldly affairs going through your head, and thus you fail to experience the fellowship of God altogether.

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By | November 15th, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

Spots, Wrinkles, and Blemishes

D. Scott Meadows

The Church, Christ’s beloved bride, will someday be gloriously beautiful, wholly without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, and absolutely perfect (Eph 5.27). In this life, however, she is seriously in need of a makeover! John Newton wrote this letter as a mirror for self-examination. He uses Latin names for seven fictitious and flawed characters as a literary device to help us remember them.

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By | October 26th, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

The Dignity of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Divine original of the Christian Ministry has already opened a view of its dignity far above any earthly honour or elevation, and such as the infidel scoff can never degrade. An institution—introduced into the world, and confirmed to the Church, with such solemn preparation—conversant with the interests, and entrusted with the charge, of immortal souls—ordained as the main instrument for the renovation of the world, and the building up of the Church—cannot be of inferior eminence.

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By | October 19th, 2017|Church, Preaching|

The Divine Origin and Institution of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Church is the mirror that reflects the whole effulgence1 of the Divine character. It is the grand scene, in which the perfections of Jehovah2 are displayed to the universe. The revelations made to the Church—the successive grand events in her history—and, above all—the manifestation of “the glory of God in the Person of Jesus Christ”—furnish even to the heavenly intelligences fresh subjects of adoring contemplation.3

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By | October 12th, 2017|Church, Herald, Preaching|

Of Evil Ministers

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: Her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. —Zephaniah 3.4

Evil ministers plague Christ’s Church. Even in this gospel age, we suffer the problem of people in places of spiritual leadership who are actually ministers of Satan, not Christ, masquerading as “ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor 11.15).

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By | August 25th, 2017|Christ, Church, Herald|

Prayer for Ministers I

James Smith

The ministers of Christ NEED the prayers of their people, their work is arduous, their weakness is great, their foes are furious, and their hindrances are many. They DESIRE the prayers of their people — for they know that prayer has power with God, and brings down great and invaluable blessings.

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By | July 26th, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald, Prayer|

The Conversion of Souls and the Prosperity of the Church

Thomas Murphy

As is the love of Christ in his own soul, so will be the minister's zeal for the perishing souls of those committed to his care; so will he long for the glory of Christ; and so will he pray and work and strive in his heavenly calling; and so ordinarily will be his success in that calling. There is nothing else in this wide world that can properly constrain him to put forth the efforts that are needed.

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By | July 6th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

The Greatness of the Work of the Minister

Thomas Murphy

God has called them, and sent them to speak to their fellow-men in his name. He has laid the obligation on them to take his messages as they are found written out in the Holy Oracles, and proclaim them aloud to the whole world.

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By | June 27th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Genuine Love to the Brethren

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

In this spiritual letter, John Newton touches upon one of the most significant matters of all—the qualities of that brotherly love graciously produced by God in the souls and lives of those who are truly saved. Paragraphs correspond with the original in this abridged paraphrase.

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By | March 2nd, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

Jesus’ View of the Christian Ministry

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves (Luke 10.3).

While it is true that all Christians are called to serve the Lord in all of life, and that bearing a verbal witness to Him before unbelievers is the blessed privilege of every Christian, the sacred call of men to the pastoral office and labors remains firmly established by Scripture.

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By | January 30th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|