The Lord’s House

Isaiah’s 1 detailed Israel’s condition in the prophet’s own time. From the dark picture of Zion as a forsaken shed in the midst of desolation and as an unfaithful wife, the prophet turns to the future and sees Zion glorified above all cities and nations. The prophet declares, “And it shall come to pass in […]

Are You “Essential” to Your Church?

Lufkin, like almost all places in the US, has issued a “stay at home” order for the citizens of the city and Angelina County. This means that all “non-essential” businesses must close but “essential” businesses and “essential” travel is still permitted (like going to the doctor and pharmacy). Lufkin explicitly defined what was “essential” and […]

Steps to Stagnation

In Revelation 3:15-16, the brethren at Laodicea were told, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” In a word, they were stagnant. Stagnation is defined […]

Holy Spirit Baptism and Joel

Holy Spirit baptism is the only one of seven baptisms in the New Testament that is specifically mentioned in the Old Testament, although there are implications of Jesus’ baptism of suffering (Isa. 53) and the baptism of the great commission. That is, in the seed of Abraham all nations of the earth would be blessed […]