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Book Review: Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida

Faithful Preaching has been one of the most eye opening books ever written on the subject of Christ-Centered expository preaching. Merida’s passion and precision on declaring God’s word with responsibility and authenticity shines through the way he has communicated the process of faithfully preparing to preaching God’s truth. Merida’s step by step instruction and practical…

So Long Forgotten: A Call for Family Worship

Recently, a church member asked if I could recommend materials for family worship. I smiled with delight at her question. Sadly, however, out of the many questions that members commonly ask, hers is rare. I wish this were not so. My hope and prayer is that we would witness a renewal of regular family worship.…

Life on the Emaus Road

Every church has unique DNA. Even among like-minded churches, distinctives exist which demonstrate the diversity of the body of Christ, spread across every region of the planet, among countless cultures and subcultures. As the new lead pastor of Emaus Church, I have observed with delight how God has crafted this local church. With joy, I…

The Single Seed

Here at Emaus Church we are working through the book of Acts, and as Acts 8:26-40 was being expounded, a supporting text was used that struck me. We read in Isaiah 56:3-7 : 3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and…

Who’s the new guy?

Seth —a native of Rochester, NY— was led of the Lord Jesus Christ to repent and trust in Him in the year 1999, while living in the New York city area. He later returned to his hometown of Rochester where he worked as an Information Technology (IT) specialist. After that company had been down-sized, Seth moved to the Bay Area to pursue…

Despising The Shame

…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame – Hebrews 12.2 When we read this verse we usually focus on the “joy that was set before him”. The Resurrection, the redemption of his people and the vindication of…

The Great Debate

Take a look into the world of sports, literature, art, music, politics, coffee, movies and you will find the same debate raging in every one of those worlds. Who is the Greatest? There are yearly challenges made, ceremonies observed, articles written and prizes awarded to pronounce judgment. And after the all of that is completed…