Monday, October 16, 2017

BiblicalTraining.org resource site

Biblicaltraining.org has put together some really good courses that they offer for FREE!  There's even an Android App to go along with it.  Additionally, your church can create their own landing page (for a cost) and deliver teaching content through this site.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Things to pray for your church



Good stuff from The Gospel Coalition.


What to Pray For

1. That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.

2. That a culture of discipling would form in which making disciples is viewed as an ordinary part of the Christian life.

3. That faithful elders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.

4. That a hunger for studying the gospel would form among members so that they can guide and guard one another in it.

5. That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.

6. The preaching of God’s Word—that it would be biblically careful and Holy Spirit imbued.

7. That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.

8. That the church’s songs would teach members to biblically confess, lament, and praise.

9. That the church’s prayers would be infused with biblical ambitions, honesty, and humility.

10. That adult members would work to disciple teenagers and not just leave it to programming.

11. That the church’s primary teachers grow in dedication to God’s Word even when no one’s watching.

12. That it would grow in being distinct from the world in love and holiness, even as it engages outsiders.

13. That members would share the gospel this week—and see more conversions!

14. That members would be prepared for persecution, remembering to love, not curse, their persecutors.

15. That hopes for political change would be outstretched by the hope of heaven.

16. That giving would be faithul, as well as joyful, consistent, and sacrificial.

17. That more members would use their careers to take the gospel to places it’s never been.

18. That members would be good and do good in their workplaces this week.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I haven't forgotten about my blog

Just been a busy time of life and ministry, and I tend to post stuff on Facebook 99% of the time.  Even my Twitter has become fairly lightly used for posting things.

Does anyone still read blogs?  I think what curtailed reading of blogs was the death of a number of great RSS feed readers.  Combine that with the continued surge of social media growth and blogs like this were sure to see less traffic.

Maybe I'll work on adding some content here again for a while and see if anyone responds.  Maybe.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Home Made Hot Cocoa Mix

Alton Brown is a food savant.  So his hot cocoa mix shouldn't be any different!



Ingredients
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch (or more to taste) ground cayenne pepper*, optional
Hot milk or water to serve

Instructions
1 - Combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, cornstarch and cayenne in a large airtight container. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine, and remember to shake prior to every extraction.
2 - To serve: Place 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.

Notes
* The Aztecs always added chiles to their chocolate. Even a pinch ups the flavor ante quite a bit, and as called for here certainly won't be sensed as "heat."

No matter — this is fast, easy and will keep for a year if kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

alton brown http://altonbrown.com/



Monday, November 09, 2015

Reading List

Pastor's Favorites 
Tips for reading your Bible. 
ESV Study Bible (though we do use a mix in church currently) 
Why I Am a Church Member | Thom Rainer
Crazy Love | Francis Chan
Forgotten God | Francis Chan
Too Busy Not to Pray | Bill Hybels
The Peacemaker | Ken Sande
The Divine Mentor | Wayne Cordeiro
Simple Church | Thom Rainer
Desiring God | John Piper
The Love Dare | Stephen & Alex Kendrick
If You Want to Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat | John Ortberg
The Reason For God | Tim Keller
The Treasure Principle | Randy Alcorn
Scandalous:  The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus | D.A. Carson

Introductory Reading
Christian Beliefs | Wayne Grudem
God's Big Picture | Vaughan Roberts

Intermediate Reading
Attributes of God | Arthur Pink
Church History in Plain Language | Bruce Shelly
Conformed to His Image | Ken Boa 
Desiring God | John Piper
Finally Alive | John Piper
Historical Theology |  Alister E. McGrath
Holiness of God | R. C. Sproul
How People Change | Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp
In Christ Alone | Sinclair Ferguson
Just Do Something | Kevin DeYoung
Knowing God | J. I. Packer
Knowing Scripture | R. C. Sproul
Living the Cross Centered Life | C. J. Mahaney
Prayer and the Knowledge of God | Graeme Goldsworthy
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace | Michael Horton
The Trellis and the Vine |  Colin Marshall & Tony Payne
The Great Theologians:  A Brief Guide | Gerald R. McDermott
When Helping Hurts:  Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor | Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett 

Advanced Reading
Chosen for Life | Sam Storms
Courage to be Protestant | David Wells
Systematic Theology | Wayne Grudem

Devotional Reading
My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers 
Grace for the Moment | Max Lucado
Forty Loaves | C. D. Baker
Experiencing God Day-by-Day Devotional | Richard & Henry Blackaby
Breakfast With Jesus | Greg Laurie
Long Story Short:  Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God | Marty Machowski
The Daily Bible in Chronological Order:  365 Daily Readings |  Harvest House
Our Daily Bread | Available in print form at church or read online 

Marriage
Love and Respect | Emerson Eggerichs
His Needs, Her Needs For Parents | Willard F. Harley, Jr.
For Couples Only | Jeff & Shaunti Feldhahn
The Marriage Bed | Ray Rhodes, Jr.
Sacred Marriage | Gary Thomas
Prayers of an Excellent Wife | Andrew Case

Raising Children
Seeds Family Worship | web site for family worship 
Sex Has A Price Tag | Pam Stenzel
The Talk:  What Your Kids Need to Hear from You About Sex | Sharon Maxwell, Ph.D
How and When to Tell Your Kids About Sex | Stan & Brenna Jones
Parenting Today's Adolescent | Dennis Rainey
Preparing for Adolescence | James Dobson, Ph.D

Children's Books
Big Truths for Little Kids | Susan & Richie Hunt
Jesus Storybook Bible | Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Big Picture Story Bible |  David R. Helm
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds | Starr Meade

Student's Books
Teen Study Bible | Zondervan  (Jr. & Sr. High age)
NIV Discoverer's Bible | Zondervan  (Elementary School age 8-12)
Chronicles of Narnia set | C.S. Lewis
How to Stay Christian in College | J. Budziszewski
Do Hard Things | Alex Harris

Evangelism and Apologetics
Always Ready | Greg Bahnsen
Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God | J. I. Packer
Gospel and Personal Evangelism | Mark Dever
Let the Nations Be Glad | John Piper
Reason for God | Tim Keller
Tell the Truth | Will Metzger
Who Made God? | Edgar Andrews
Handbook of Christian Apologetics | Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli
The Case for Christ | Lee Strobel

Study Bibles
Study Bibles provide insightful notes and clarifying articles along the way to help you understand Scripture more deeply.
ESV Study Bible | Crossway
NIV Study Bible | Zondervan
Life Application Study Bible NIV | Zondervan

Bible Study Aides
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth | Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart
Grasping God's Word | J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays

Reference Works
Commentary on the N.T. use of the O.T. | G.K. Beale & D. A. Carson
Introduction to the Old Testament | Tremper Longman & Raymond Dillard
Introduction to the New Testament | D. A. Carson & Douglas Moo
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology | T. Desmond Alexander & Brian Rosner
Early Christian Doctrines |  J.N.D. Kelly

Classics
Bondage of the Will | Martin Luther
Bruised Reed | Richard Sibbes
Confessions | St. Augustine
Freedom of the Will | Jonathan Edwards
Institutes of the Christian Religion | John Calvin
Mortification of Sin | John Owen
Religious Affections | Jonathan Edwards
Pilgrim's Progress | John Bunyan 
Orthodoxy | G.K. Chesterton

My statement of faith

Below is the document Pastor Chris Meirose submitted for review prior to his Ordination.  While it is not binding that all church members must adhere to this document, it gives you an idea the direction Pastor Chris guides the church.