Daily Archives: November 28, 2016

Where My Graphics and Media Come From

Some of you may be wondering where my graphics and media used on my blog entries come from. The majority of the time, my graphics and media come from my Bible software programs. Most of the time, my graphics and media come from Logos Bible Software’s Media and Visual Copy tool. It is the tool I use to build all of my Scripture and quotation artwork, as well as the tool I use for the majority of the artwork and media included in my blog posts. When I post Bible background studies that contain images of the Holy Land, the majority of these will come from Accordance Bible Software’s PhotoGuide module. I am in the process of upgrading to their latest edition of the PhotoGuide. I may also use image from Accordance Bible Software’s PhotoMuseum module, which I am also in the process of upgrading to the latest edition. I am also considering upgrading to an Accordance package which contains their Historic Views That Have Vanished module. Any maps of the Holy Land I would include in blog entries would likely come from Accordance Bible Software’s Atlas module, as I love the customization it offers (although at times I could dip into the Logos Bible Software Atlas as well). I […]

Scripture Sunday: Malachi 3:1

Malachi 3—Communique. The prophet has three messages in this chapters. •Coming: the first and second coming of Christ are both in view here. The messenger in the return (prophecy of John the Baptist); the moment of the return (will come suddenly); the might of the return (great judgment upon the sinners). •Corruption: the people were defrauding offerings and despising obedience. •Consecrated: their fear (holy fear of God), their fellowship (those who feared God spoke one to another), their favor (they were God’s jewels). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading

Preaching the Word: Pastoral Preaching

Preaching is the pastor’s most important duty to his ministry. This preaching should be founded on the Word of God. The Lord has chosen preaching as His method to bring lost souls to Christ as well as edify existing believers in Christ. MacArthur’s handbook on Pastoral Ministry beautifully emphasizes the importance of preaching to a pastor’s ministry work by saying: “No man can be a good pastor who cannot preach, any more than a man can be a good shepherd and still fail to feed his flock.”<note:MacArthur, MacArthur Pastor’s Library on Pastoral Ministry, 204–5.> The only qualification that outlined a pastor’s functional role (the rest of the qualifications were moral) in 1 Timothy 3 was that he is able to teach (and his teaching comes through his preaching). Christ’s ministry, as well as the ministry of the early church, placed a strong, central role on preaching.<note:MacArthur, MacArthur Pastor’s Library on Pastoral Ministry, 205–6.Ibid., 205–6.>