IBCD Spring Seminar - Money Matters

IBCD, the biblical counseling ministry of our church, is putting on a one day seminar on March 12th in Escondido, CA. The title of this year's seminar is "Money Matters: Biblical Wisdom in Troubled Times". Jim Newheiser, the director of IBCD, will be the speaker.

Jim will cover:

  1. General Principals & Acquiring Wealth Wisely
  2. Spending Money Wisely
  3. Getting Out of Debt
  4. Preparing for Your Financial Future

If you register before March 1st the cost is only $10! More information about the seminar is available on the IBCD website.

The Growth of the Church in the Book of Acts

Whenever I read through the book of Acts I'm struck with the number of times Luke comments on the growth of the church. The early church was a growing church. The language of growth in Acts can be grouped into two broad categories: 1) texts that speak of the word of God increasing or spreading 2) texts that speak of the number of disciples increasing.

The Word of God Increased

Acts 6:7 - And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Acts 12:24 - But the word of God increased and multiplied.

Acts 13:49 - And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.

Acts 19:20 - So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.


The Number of Disciples Increased

Acts 2:41 - So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 2:47 - And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 5:14 - And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.

Acts 6:1 - Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.

Acts 9:31 - So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

Acts 11:24 - for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Acts 16:5 - So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

2000 Years of Christ's Power - Part 1

This volume is the first of a planned 4 or 5 part series covering the early centuries of the Church up through the modern era (Part Two on the Middle Ages and Part Three on the Renaissance and Reformation are also available). If you want to get a better grasp on the history of the Church after the time of the New Testament this book is a great place to start.

In Life, in Death, O Lord, Abide with Me

Henry F. Lyte wrote the hymn "Abide With Me" in 1847 while dying from tuberculosis. It's a prayer to the Lord to be near the believer in life and, in particular, death. The lyrics below are from the Trinity Hymnal.

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide:
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence ev'ry passing hour;
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless:
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes:
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee:
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Over the past week I've really enjoyed Page CXVI's beautiful rendition of this hymn on the album Hymns II. Make sure to check it out.

Biographies I Read in 2010

I enjoy reading biography. Biography is perhaps my favorite genre because it deals with two subjects I’m very much interested in: history and people.

As I reviewed the list of books I read in 2010 I was surprised to learn that I didn’t read as many biographies as I would’ve liked. However, those I did get around to reading were enjoyable. Below is the list of biographies I read in 2010 along with a few comments.

Update: I finished another biography after writing this post. It's last on the list.