Faith Baptist Church of Sterling

A Lengthy Process…

In the overall scheme of things, the process I had to go through to become an ordained minister was relatively easy. To be sure, while going through that process, I didn’t think so. When I sensed the Lord’s leading in that direction, I was barely in the second semester of my senior year of high…

Lead is Lead Still

Have you ever given in to the temptation to use one of those penny-morphing machines? Surely you’ve seen them at a tourist attraction, haven’t you? Over the years, we have encountered them at Disney World, Great America, Sea World, Niagara Falls, the Cog Railway at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, and many more places, I’m…

Runaway Knocks

Young teen guys can do some of the dumbest, most mischievous stuff. Certainly not all guys, but enough. I hate to admit it, but I must—I was one of them. Seems like in our middle-class Chicago suburb in the early 70’s pulling pranks in the neighborhood was just the thing to drum up a little…

Pilgrims on the way…

One of the oldest Christian pilgrimages is the Camino de Santiago, which largely traverses northern Spain. The most popular route originates in Biarritz, France, and ends 500 miles later at the shrine of St. James in a cathedral in Galicia, northwest Spain, not too far from the coast. As one might suspect, the pilgrimage originated…

Choking the Weeds

Charles Spurgeon loved reading the Puritans. As he read, he would underline, mark sections, highlight them. Likely, Spurgeon would have loved the invention of the Highlighter pen! One writer he returned to frequently was Thomas Manton, and from the writings of the long-deceased Puritan, Spurgeon extracted a host of quotes that he then expanded upon…

Faith on an Uncertain Journey

Sage advice to the oft-perplexed about where they are—or where they’re going—in life is “Find out where God is at work and go there!” Sounds good. Sounds pious. Sounds like something Job’s friends would’ve told the poor guy as he wallowed in misery. But what if, as Job testified, I haven’t a clue what He’s…

The Message of Joy!

Paula Lebovics was 11 years old when Nazi Germany collapsed and Allied troops reached the concentration camp in Auschwitz where she had been held. A Russian soldier greeted her with an offer of food, tears streaming down his face, and a warm hug. “You mean someone out there cares about me?” She wondered. Imagine her…

Calming Sounds of the Season

This past Saturday found me caught up in the mayhem that is the modern Christmas season. I needed to run to Walmart to get a couple of items—just 2! Of all things, can you imagine it, we ran out of coffee…in the Bice household? That’s another story. For reasons I’ll explain shortly, we were in…

Songs of the Season

For the last few weeks, just about everywhere you go, songs of the holiday season fill the air. Some radio stations have even been playing only Christmas music since before Thanksgiving, probably because of the shorter Thanksgiving-to-Christmas period. Have you paid any attention to what’s playing? If so, you’ve probably noticed that very rarely—if ever—do…