Our hearts feast daily. We find things to savor and enjoy and consume. We can’t help it, we were made this way. We are worshipping creatures made to worship the Living God. Jesus saves us to feast on God in our hearts. He is the bread of life that came down from heaven (John 6:35, 48). He came and rescues us from our sin and estrangement from God; he came to bring us back to God, back to enj
Recently I’ve been using a threefold prayer to help me in my prayer life. I think it’s pretty simple, but also really helpful. It is this, “Lord please REnew my mind, REvive my heart, and REorder my life.” This threefold prayer can be used as you pray over nearly any Scripture passage. Let’s consider it with Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship, has recently started singing the hymn “In Tenderness” (the modern version of it!). The key was too high for us, so I made in the key of F which is more singable. You can find it here.
Here’s the 3rd week in our “Curious about Christ” outreach, that our church in Naperville (Cross of Christ Fellowship) is hosting. Curious about Christ Week 3: How Does Christ Bring MEANING to our Lives? Introductory Thoughts:1. Why do we value having meaning or purpose to our lives? 2. Is there is a right or wrong way to live? It is possible to WASTE our lives or find meaning in
Our friend Elizabeth Urbanowicz has a wonderful ministry that seeks to equip children with a biblical worldview. You can learn all about it here: https://foundationworldview.com/ We are so encouraged by this ministry and hope that many take advance of it and its resources. It is a great resource to use for Christian parents, home schools, and private schools. The reality is this: our children are
Here’s the second week for our “Curious about Christ” outreach, that our church in Naperville Cross of Christ Fellowship is hosting. In this study we considered the question “How Does Christ Bring us Back to God?” Curious about Christ Week 2: How Does Christ Bring us Back to God? This week we consider the question ‘How does Christ bring us back to God?’ Of course, suc
Last month I blogged through a topic called “Living as a Christian in Naperville.” I’ve compiled all the posts, updated some of the content, and put them all together in one pdf which can be found here: http://www.ttschmidt.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LIVING-AS-A-CHRISTIAN-IN-NAPERVILLE-by-Tom-Schmidt.pdf I hope that this paper is a blessing to those who read it.
Our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship, is hosting a 7 week outreach in Naperville called “Curious about Christ.” This is a course designed to help those who know little or nothing about Christ or Christianity learn about who Christ is and what he has done, and how Christ helps us make sense of life’s most important questions. Here’s the content from our first
In James N Anderson’s wonderful book “Why Should I Believe in Christianity?” he speaks a bit about the nature of worldviews and how we might test a worldview out. He says that there are 4 good tests for any worldview: Is it consistent within itself? Is it coherent within itself? Does it match with the evidence? Does it provide explanatory power for what we intuitively know to be true or real? I’ve
“The most important thing I had to do[ever day] was to read the word of God and to meditate on it. Thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, and instructed. “Formerly, when I rose, I began to pray as soon as possible. But I often spent a quarter of an hour to an hour on my knees struggling to pray while my mind wandered. Now I rarely have this problem. As my heart