Trust Jesus, who saves us from life’s vanity.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author presents a raw and honest description of the realities of life in a fallen world under the sun.  Life is short and the fact that every day we are getting closer to our death should affect how we live. Ecclesiastes exposes the folly of man as he strives to serve himself by pursuing earthly goals and pleasures. Continue reading “Trust Jesus, who saves us from life’s vanity.”

Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson

The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson is easily one of my favorite books on pastoral ministry. I know I am a little late to the game in reading it since it came out in 2013 but better late than never.  This is not a book on the growth of specific leadership skills or how to increase your influence. It’s about understanding that a pastor is just a man justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to God’s glory alone, who happens to be a pastor. Continue reading “Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson”

Holiness, grown in trials, bears joy in the Christian life.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

This verse is commonly used to share it with those who are going through a difficult season. But have you thought about what this verse is actually saying? It is not saying cheer up and think better thoughts about your trial. In this letter, James is challenging us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. James says lets see your faith in action. What we see here is that joy comes when we realize that the ultimate purpose of trials is spiritual maturity. Continue reading “Holiness, grown in trials, bears joy in the Christian life.”