Article by Joey Ratcliff
We’ve all experienced it. The broken, young man we prayed with at McDonalds… the mother of teens who visited our church and prayed after the sermon… the drug addict who showed up at our office asking for money… they committed their lives to God and started off with excitement and promise, and then they were gone. What happened? How did they slip away? We had a plan, a curriculum, and a class. We took them diapers for their baby. We picked them up for Sunday School and the church picnic. Where did they go? Was it simply due to their lack of commitment, or did we miss something? If there is something we could have done better? Who has the answers to the problem of how to get new believers to stick?
We have the responsibility to make it as hard as possible for Satan to reclaim a soul that has been forgiven and transformed. Is it completely up to us to get someone to heaven? No. (Keeping a soul is ultimately God’s work.) Is any human person the expert on flawless discipleship? If so, I’d love to meet them or read their book! The challenge is not an easy one, but it’s ours to claim. Coming from the challenges and successes we’ve had at the church I help to pastor in Frankfort, here are some strategies we’ve learned for keeping that little lamb from re-escaping the fold.
by Johnathan Arnold
Teen topics article. Practical advice for Christian guys preparing for a dinner date.
by Timothy L. Cooley, Sr.
I dream of a Church aflame, purged by the Spirit and purging the society around them, sloughing off the drag of materialism, and singeing the fakers that flutter in imitation of her glory.
I celebrate the progress of “evangelical Christianity," yet I weep for the lack of holiness. I weep for the repeated surveys (at least in the U.S.) that declare that evangelical Christians live exactly like the non-believers around them, and I pray we will not export that kind of empty profession of Christianity to the rest of the world.
Travel notes from conference president Jacob Martin.
by Stanley Grabill
We are told in Ephesians 6:18 to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” But why? Why pray? Here are three reasons.
A Sermon on Psalm 2 by Johnathan Arnold
One does not need to read the Bible for long to discover that Christ has a Kingdom. The phrase “Kingdom of God” occurs seventy-five times in the New Testament. Matthew refers to the Kingdom of Heaven over thirty times.
Christ’s Kingdom is so central that the New Testament often refers to the gospel as the gospel of the Kingdom. The gospel is a proclamation about the Kingdom: the King came to earth and made a way for everyone to get inside the safe walls of the Kingdom. For a little while, He has gone away, but He is coming again in judgment.