Christians are familiar with the unforgettable story in Genesis 22 where the Lord provides a ram to take the place of Isaac on the altar. The great phrase in the story is: "Yahweh will provide." William Cowper (John Newton's dear friend) wrote an excellent hymn with this theme of waiting on the Lord - for… Continue reading Music Monday: The Lord Will Provide (Cowper)
Cyprian was a major figure in the 3rd century A.D. Christian church. He was a preacher and teacher in Carthage who fled from persecution at least once in his life and also had to hide from some who wanted to kill him. He finally turned himself in and was martyred in 258 AD. Thankfully, quite… Continue reading Christian Patience (Cyprian)
As Christians, we always need to pray for patience and practice patience. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and we're commanded to "put on" patience (Gal 5:22, Col. 3:12). Love is patient (1 Cor 13:4). Our heavenly Father is patient and our Lord Jesus is patient (Rom 9:22, 1 Tim. 1:16). It's not a… Continue reading Practicing Patience (Goodwin)
I was recently reading part of A Pastor's Sketches again and I found a paragraph I had marked up quite a bit. Turns out I had blogged on this already (May 2017), so I thought I'd post it again. Here it is: Sometime around the middle of the 19th century a woman spoke to Rev. Ichabod… Continue reading Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)
Quite often waiting is very difficult. In our instant culture, most of the time we don't even like waiting one week for a package to come in the mail; we get impatient if our internet is a tiny bit slower than usual or if our data connection isn't lightning fast. Waiting can be frustrating! When… Continue reading Why Does God Make Us Wait?