Worthy to Suffer

Persecution is part of being a follower of Jesus. He was “despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53). As His followers, we not only know the “power of His resurrection,” but also the “fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10). Stephen was a respected man in his community, filled with the Holy Spirit, wise, and one through whom miracles and wonders were manifest. Yet, the truth he spoke was fiercely rejected, resulting in his arrest and eventual death by stoning. Truth confronts. Many people reject truth because they don’t want to face their… Read More

Submission Ain’t for Sissies

In a society whose esteemed virtues are things like individuality and independence, submission is viewed as weak and archaic.  Teenagers are expected – even encouraged – to rebel against their parents.  Employees often look with contempt at their employers.  To even mention that a wife should submit to her husband is viewed as arrogant and sexist.  In our myopic and egocentric view of life, we may have missed the fact that there are blessings and benefits that come to a person who walks in submission.  Submission is not for the weak; only… Read More

Three Pastors I Most Admire

I’m not aware of it’s origin or initiator, but I think it is wonderful that October has been designated as “Pastor’s Appreciation Month.” As pastors, my wife and I have been overwhelmingly blessed by the cards, gifts, and words of encouragement that have come from our New Hope family over the past several weeks, particularly as we recently celebrated twenty years of ministry at New Hope Worship Center! As grateful as I am for the honor I have received during Pastor’s Appreciation Month, I am grateful for those whom I have had… Read More