Archive for September, 2019

I’m going to be honest: Ministering to Millennial lost boys have given me more gray hair than anything I’ve done (be it school, Iraq, cramming finished seminary with two masters in 3 years while working and doing ministry).  I’m talking about momma’s boys that don’t want to grow up to live up to their responsibilities; yet they are so narcissistic they think everything is beneath them, be it jobs, having a boss or they look down on other people.  It exhausts me more than preaching 70 times in two weeks or preparing a semester worth of teaching theology and the Bible in three weeks with several all-nighters.  It fatigue me more than my first three weeks of Iraq as a Marine where I worked literally 24/7 and grabbed naps in between things.  Lest people think I’m just looking down on Millennials I want to say I’m also a Millennial.  I’m also writing this since our ministry is heading towards a better place and I’m looking back at the difficult guys I’ve ministered to and left.


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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be Eager to Meet Church Members.


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Eugene H. Merrill, Mark Rooker and Michael A. Grisanti.  The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, June 15th 2011. 560 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How well do you know the Old Testament?  If you are like most Christians you can improve on your knowledge of the Old Testament.  In this book The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament three Old Testament scholars collaborated to write a helpful textbook on the Old Testament.  Together these scholars have a combined experience of decades if not even a century worth of research, teaching and writing on the subject of Old Testament.  Readers will greatly benefit from reading this title.


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Five S of why to Love God: Psalm 18 Part 1

Psalm 18:1-3


Passage:For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said, “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.” (v. 1-3)


Establish the Need: Do you love God?


Purpose: You need to see five motivation David had to love God so that we too would be motivated to love God.

  1. Reason 1: God is sovereign in history (subscript)
  2. Reason 2: God is David’s strength: “O Lord, my strength.” (v.1b)
  3. Reason 3: God is David’s stability: “The Lord is my rock” (v.2a) and “My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge” (v.2b)
  4. Reason 4: God is David’s security (v.2)
  5. Reason 5: God is David’s salvation (v.2-3)


Introductory matters

  • This is a long Psalm (50 verses!) and we won’t be able to look at every detail of the Psalm.
  • It is a praise for God’s deliverance from the David’s enemies.[1]
  • This Psalm also appear in 2 Samuel 22.
  • The Psalm’s double appearance shows it is important for God’s people.[2]
  • David may have edited Psalm 18 himself so it can be sung in Temple worship.[3]


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WordPress tells me that yesterday it was my 13th year anniversary of when I started blogging on WordPress.  It’s also been 516 straight days of back to back daily post!

I’ll be posting a book review a few hours from now.  Going to go to sleep!


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Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Pterosaurs.


Book(s) read:

Jennifer Zeiger’s Pterosaur.

Elaine Landau’s Pterosaurs.


Other tools:




Pictures of dinosaurs


Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about Pterosaurs.
  2. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about Pterosaurs.
  3. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of Pterosaurs.


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Last week I wrote a post reflecting on the Marxist killing field in Cambodia.  You can read it here: .

I mentioned how this picture at a horror camp called S21 has left an impact thinking back of the horror of what an atheistic ideology is able to do.

It is one of most horrifying place I’ve ever visited.

I found a documentary on this camp. What fascinates me is the interview with those who worked in the camps murdering people and them being recounting what happened (there’s two survivors featured in this video).  The video is below. (more…)

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