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Thom Rainer

Seven Ways Church Members Should Prepare for a Sermon

What if church members began their own form of sermon preparation? For countless decades, we have heard about the role of pastors in sermon preparation. The number of hours they need to prepare. The priority of preparation. The role of prayer in sermon preparation.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Wisdom of Aging Beautifully

If you are being conscious about aging, then it means that you have aged. I am now being conscious about aging. It feels a little sad that I am aging. I want to deny that I’m aging but it’s a reality that I cannot deny. If you want to decrease the number of candles on your birthday cake, then it means that you have aged.

Daniel Jung

"Hey, Pick Up the Phone, You Have a Call!"

We've all been informed once or multiple times in life that our phones are ringing and that we should answer it. These cases happen because we either are not listening, paying attention, or we hear the call but simply ignore it. For months prior to this week, people from all around the world were telling one another to pick up the phone! This was a call that they did not want to reject or miss; it was a call from God.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Wisdom of Entering into Deep Solitude

I was very sick last Sunday night. It was the worst I’ve felt recently. My faced turned pale and I felt thoroughly exhausted. I thought about four things that night. First, I thought about the pain of those who were sick. Being sick is painful. When we are sick, we lose motivation, and we become discouraged. While we are sick, if we don’t protect our hearts, fear and worry also enter into our hearts.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Wisdom of Attempting a Small Change

The kingdom of God is hidden in a small mustard seed. A mustard seed is small but when planted it becomes a big tree so that birds come to nested on. All big and great things begin humbly with small thing.

Jin O Jeong

Do We Have Free Will, or Are We Under the Bondage of Will? A Look at Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, Part II

Then, here is the question that arises: If that is true what is the free will for man? What on earth is the free will to choose whatever I do and wherever I go? Luther says that if we are to use the term “free will” at all, we should limit it to our everyday freedom in those things that are below us but not attempt to extend it to those things are “above us” (LW 33,70). What does that mean? It is simply, once again, an attempt to give account of the way things are.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

Gifts from the Resurrected Jesus

Jesus has risen. He has defeated the power of death and risen from the dead. Jesus’ tomb was an empty tomb. Jesus was risen on the third day after being crucified on the cross. God had raised Jesus from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thom Rainer Big events ineffective

Three Reasons Why Big Events Are Ineffective in Most Churches

Tens of thousands of churches will have events to celebrate the Christmas season. The events will range from simple Christmas Eve candlelight services to major musical productions. And most of them will fail their intended purpose.

11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter

This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday, a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Church buildings will likely be more full than all other Sundays of the year. Songs of resurrection will ring out. Congregations will gather in their finest clothes to worship, often followed by a special Sunday lunch.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

Blessings Flow from the Blood of Jesus

This week is Passion Week, the week to remember and meditate on the sufferings of Jesus. During Passion week, we meditate on the cross of Jesus and the blood of Jesus that he shed on the cross. The reason we meditate on the blood of Jesus is because the blood of Jesus is precious.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Wisdom of Governing Oneself

Governing oneself is definitely not an easy task. Even a reverent person as David couldn’t govern himself and commit the sin of adultery and murder. He governed over numerous people but he couldn’t govern the sinful desires of his heart. He won over numerous battles but he was defeated over the battle with himself.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

Embrace a Holy Longing in Your Heart

God wants us to embrace holy longing in our hearts. Longing is yearning for something or someone. Yearning is a feeling of intense desire for something. Those who were used by God embraced holy longing in their hearts. Longing is a thirst. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (Jn. 7:37). Longing is a passion; it is an inner fire. Longing is the power that moves us.

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