• What does it mean for us to call God our Father? Question and Answer

    Matthew 6:9

    One of the most well-known statements of the Christian faith is the Lord’s Prayer, which begins with the words “Our Father which art in heaven.” This is part of the universal treasury of Christendom. When I hear Christians in a private gathering praying individually, almost every single person begins their prayer by addressing God as Father. There’s nothing more common among us than to address God as our Father. So central is this to our Christian experience that in the nineteenth century, there were some who said the basic essence of the whole Christian religion can be reduced to two … View Resource

  • How should Christians respond to the COVID-19 crisis? Question and Answer

    Matthew 6:31-32

    I think we should be the most balanced, the most stable, the most sane, the most reasonable, and the most rational. Even beyond that, of course, we have a living hope. We know where we’re headed. Eternity is settled for us. It’s far better to depart and be with Christ (Phil. 1:23), so the worst that could ever happen to us would be the best that could ever happen to us. This is a time for us to make manifest our faith. Yesterday was Sunday. We weren’t allowed to have anybody here, but I preached anyway on Matthew 6, where … View Resource

  • What should I do if my career has become an idol? Question and Answer

    Matthew 6:33

    Personally, as a pastor, I regularly “resign” the church in my prayer time. There are obviously sinful things of the world that can become idols in the heart, but there are also good things that can become idols. In believing prayer, as we worship God, as we confess our sins to God, as we are bringing our needs to God, there is a constant offering of ourselves and the temptations of our hearts to God. Those temptations of our hearts are not just sinful things, but good things. In Philippians 3, Paul gives a list of his pre-Christian life. These … View Resource