“Get up, cry out in the night, even as the night begins. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19a NCV).

Think you’ve had a bad day? The biblical character of Job had a Ph.D. in pain and loss. In the very first chapter of Job, after everything fell apart in his life, “Job stood up, tore his robe in grief, and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20 GW).

Psa. 142:5 ¶ I cry to you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

King David taught us to worship. He was obviously a talented song writer and musician, 3000 years later we are still singing his songs. What is it about David’s songs and David’s worship that effects us? There is obviously something different about his Psalms that have grabbed out attention over all these years. That unseen ‘something’ is called the anointing. There is an unseen substance that r..

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Psalm 133:1–2

What is the life of the church? What makes it different from all other societies and organizations? The answer is Christ, He is the difference and our source of life. Recently, I found myself fixating on what I perceived as weaknesses or blemishes in our church. The Lord began to correct me only as He can, His correction came in the simplest yet most profound way. It..

Matt. 21:15-16 ¶ But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies

you have prepared praise’?”

Church people get offended over just about anything. I remember our first church fight was just a few months after we ..

Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For most people joy is that elusive dream. Everyone thinks they know what will finally complete their joy but I don’t think any of us really have it quite right. Why would I say that? I sat that because of a life time of observations. The athlete never has enough titles (ask Tiger Woods), the beautiful face is never quite right (check with Hollywood on that), and the coffers of the rich are ne..

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS

-“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Heb.10:23

There is something special about going to the corporate assembly and experiencing corporate worship. But you should know by now I am biased. It’s been a neat journey since the age of 16 waking up every Sunday and going to church to experience worship with my brothers and sisters, hear a Holy Ghost messag..

Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
The Old Testament is filled with pictures and images of supernatural reality. One such example is the inheritance of the levites. The levites were the priests and worshippers associated with the tabernacle and, later, the temple in Jerusalem. All of the Jewish tribes received a portion of the land of Israel, that is all of the tribes except the tribe of Levi. Why did the Lord not give them land? Th..

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After years of dreaming and two ETS brainstorm meetings, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the Center for Baptist Renewal (CBR)!
CBR is a group of conservative, evangelical Baptists committed to a retrieval of the Great Tradition of the historic church for the renewal of Baptist faith and practice. Our mission is to equip leaders to appropriate perspectives and practices of the historic church within the context of their local congregations. This will begin with a we..

Psa.. 19:1 ¶ The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves, everywhere we look we see His glory. We see His handiwork in the transformation of lives that have been devastated by sin and compromise, we see His love in the comfort of the hurting or distressed, we see His power in miracles, and we feel His nearness in corporate, congregational worship. David said that “the heavens were declaring the glory of God” and Paul sai..

Merry Thursday by Parris
“For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places” Ps. 18:31
Saint Augustine loved to speak on Christ being his holy joy. His taste changed when Christ stepped in. When he becomes our rock, Augustine says, “we are passing lightly through the thorny and shady incumbrance of this world.” Matthew Henry says the rock is “A fountain emitting continual supplies of grace and goodness”. Watch out..