Singing with Understanding: Willing to Forsake All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Like a Smug Six-Year-Old

by Brent Karding

At Kingston Bible College and Academy, we have an annual Thanksgiving Prepare-and-Share meal and devotional.  The following is the text of the devotional I gave last week. Good evening! Let’s turn to the book of Colossians, where we’ll read 4 verses that are the basis for tonight’s brief devotional. Colossians 3:12-15: “Put on therefore, as […]

Why Don’t Some Christians Go to Church?

by Brent Karding

“I don’t need to go to church; I can worship God at home.” “I’m too busy for church.” “The church is too full of hypocrites.” People make all kinds of excuses not to attend church. Perhaps you are one of those people, or you know one of those people. I’d like to suggest 3 reasons […]

He Will Not Leave You As You Are

by Brent Karding

The circumstances of his birth were unusual, to say the least. He was the younger member of a pair of twins. His brother was born first, but he followed right after, and as soon as he left the womb, his hand reached out and grabbed his older brother’s heel with a firm grip. “Awwww,” sighed […]

The Peak of Glory and Happiness

by Brent Karding

I can’t say everything I learn about a passage of Scripture in every sermon. I have to content myself with leaving some thoughts, quotations, or helpful points on the cutting room floor. This blog has been and will be a great venue for me to share clips from the “extended edition” of some of my […]

Who Are You?

by Brent Karding

Who are you? What terms would you use to describe yourself? What relationships do you have that define who you are? Each of us is many things at the same time. For instance, I am a man, a son, a husband, and now a father. I am also a pastor, a friend, and an employee. […]

The Sorrow, Offense, and Shame of Sin

by Brent Karding

As I was out for a walk the other day, I saw a mashed, long-dead bird on the road. At first I couldn’t tell what kind of a bird it was, but as I got closer I saw that it was a blue jay. I felt a twinge of sadness. And that got me thinking […]

Singing with Understanding: A Greater Gain

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Thy Merits Soar above My Sins

by Brent Karding

Over our vacation the last couple of weeks, I was able to take some time and read a prayer every day from a book called The Valley of Vision, published by Banner of Truth. I had been away from this book for some time, having started it many months before. It is a collection of […]

An Overflow of Gratitude

by Brent Karding

There is perhaps no more difficult Bible verse to live out than Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” So our expressions of thanksgiving to God are to be continual and all-encompassing. There is no moment of the day when we should not […]