10 Remedies Against the Sin of a Wandering Mind in Prayer
by Raef Chenery on January 28th, 2024
To pray, and to know one is heard by God, is a wondrous event. To pray is to be ushered into the very presence of God where Christ Himself is seated, and delights in our petitions. To pray is to grasp at heaven, and draw its reality and its power down into our world. To pray is humbling, for we know the one to whom we bow is both tender and firm, delighting in both blessing and fatherly discipline...  Read More
Crucify Him
by Raef Chenery on January 19th, 2024
When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” John 19:6 Perhaps there are no more haunting words ever spoken than the cry of the chief priests and the officers when they chanted, “Crucify him, crucify him.” One must read these words through the lens of the entire Gospel of John in order to feel their weight. The one to whom this chant of death was rec...  Read More
The Call to Servanthood
by Raef Chenery on December 6th, 2023
"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “L...  Read More
Thoughts on Preparatory Grace
by Raef Chenery on November 24th, 2023
The Puritan Reverand William Greenhill gave a wonderful sermon titled What Must and Can Persons Do Towards Their Own Conversion. This brilliant sermon is a masterclass in Biblical soteriology (the Doctrine of Salvation). In it, Greenhill asserts two fundamental Biblical truths. First, he affirms overwhelmingly that no person is able to add or contribute anything towards their own salvation. No man...  Read More
Christianity's Response to the Problem of Evil
by Raef Chenery on November 1st, 2023
The Christian response to the problem of evil and suffering is profound. One of the greatest, or perhaps most often asked, questions or challenges aimed at Christianity surrounds what is historically labeled The Problem of Evil. Skeptics of Christianity will often acknowledge that real pain and real evil does exist in this world, and abstract from that reality the conclusion that an infinitely wis...  Read More
I Am the Light of the World
by Raef Chenery on October 27th, 2023
A short reflection on Christ's claim in John 8:12-20, "I am the light of the world.  " John 8:12-20 ESV "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about m...  Read More
Overcoming Temptation
by Raef Chenery on October 8th, 2023
The Christian faith is not neutral. It is warfare. Christians are soldiers commissioned by their King to take ground in the name of Christ. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. We do not fight with the forces of violence that is so often associated with religions around the world. Our weapons are of a spiritual nature, and they are designed to fight the true spiritual enemy of God. They are ...  Read More
An Inward Sense of the Divine
by Raef Chenery on October 4th, 2023
If you were to speak to a committed Christian on the street and ask them for the reason for the hope that is within them, any number of responses might be given. Perhaps you may find some that have studied the philosophy of belief, and have examined the rational arguments for belief in the God of Christianity. (Indeed, the physical evidence of the sciences is overwhelmingly stacked in favor of Chr...  Read More
How to Lead Daily Family Worship
by Raef Chenery on September 27th, 2023
One of the greatest needs among the modern Christian Church, is the restoration of an age old practice that has long become abandoned, the practice of daily family worship. There was a time when this was considered the norm, if not the expectation of anybody who became a member of Christian Church. In a loose sense, it was considered that the head of each house functioned like the Pastor of that h...  Read More