To Gather for Christ

To Gather for Christ

IMPORTANCE OF GATHERING When the local church gathers, she gathers as Christ’s church—a holy assembly—to worship God publicly. This is a massive privilege and responsibility. The church gathers to make manifest and thus reveal the worth of Christ, which is to say that...
Longing to Gather

Longing to Gather

I pray that we would have a holy longing for the church to gather. We are not alone in suffering the pain of separation. Philip Schaff tells us that there were periods in the church’s history when “true Christians were everywhere persecuted and not allowed to...
Seven Great Threats to Christ’s Church

Seven Great Threats to Christ’s Church

I (Pastor Manny) was asked in a recent Q&A, “What is the greatest threat to the church in our culture?” Compelled to answer pastorally, I sought to show that there is an interconnectedness and progression to several great threats that Christ’s church faces today....
Why Pray if God is Sovereign?

Why Pray if God is Sovereign?

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:7–8) You do not believe in the biblical concept...
God-Centered Praying

God-Centered Praying

How do you speak to God who truly knows everything and has all power to accomplish all good? You speak in deep humility as one in need—as a child who is deeply loved by a perfect Father. This is how Jesus teaches His own to pray, and it is thoroughly God-centered....