Michael Coughlin

Michael Coughlin lives near Columbus, OH, and leads local outreaches to glorify our Lord and reach the lost with the gospel. Michael’s joys are spending time with his dear wife and children, programming computers, and studying and discussing God’s Word. He is a member of Covenant Bible Church.
Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 5)

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 5)

If you haven't read the previous posts in this series on rejoicing, prioritization, taking action, and appropriate rest, they may be helpful. Receive counsel humbly When you are overwhelmed there will be people who mean well and want to help. Someone might immediately...

Do You Support Missions?

Do You Support Missions?

Benjamin Candee is one of my friends and colaborers in the gospel ministry. He recently provided this update of their progress in Brazil; I thought it was inspiring and hopeful. He did not ask me to do this. Still, I am writing to explicitly ask you to pray about...

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 4)

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 4)

If you haven't read the previous posts in this series on rejoicing, prioritization, and taking action, they may be helpful. Rest Appropriately Now that I've admonished you for potential laziness, my next piece of advice is to rest. Yes, it sounds contradictory but it...

Lifemark: Movie Review and Giveaway!

Lifemark: Movie Review and Giveaway!

Synopsis David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads...

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 3)

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 3)

If you haven't read the previous posts in this series on rejoicing and prioritization, they may be helpful. For today, I want to encourage you to act when you are feeling overwhelmed. Act Most people are familiar with the phrase "paralysis by analysis." Sometimes when...

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 2)

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 2)

If you haven't read the previous post in this series on rejoicing, it may be helpful. Prioritize Often when you are overwhelmed, it is the genuine result of the fact that there are too many things to do in the time allotted. Therefore, there will be things that you...

Call to Worship Adapted from Psalm 31

Call to Worship Adapted from Psalm 31

Call to Worship Our church does a call to worship each week. This week I created one by adapting the text of Psalm 31 into direct communication to my congregation. I offer it below for your edification and to use as you please. May it cause you to worship Christ!...

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 1)

Overwhelmed? Just Do These Five Things! (part 1)

There's No Simple Formula Look, I'm sorry if the title offended you. Of course, the feeling of being overwhelmed can be caused by many complex factors. There is simply no simple formula to relieve it. Being overwhelmed can stem from legitimately having too many things...

Suffering Saints Seek a Savior!

Suffering Saints Seek a Savior!

I'm preaching about Jonah's prayer in chapter 2 of the prophecy of Jonah. I noticed a few things. Jonah's Prayer is Utterly Scriptural Jonah's prayer is scriptural. The words Jonah prayed to God are found in Psalm 42:7 and several places in Psalm 18. His language...

Family Camp – (guest) Movie Review

Family Camp – (guest) Movie Review

Family Camp I’ve been on every major production company’s list of “Christian” bloggers for over a decade so when I heard about Family Camp, I was interested because the Skit Guys had made some good content years ago. But when I watched the trailer I was annoyed within...

Book Review: Ann Judson: A Life of Self-Denial

Book Review: Ann Judson: A Life of Self-Denial

Ann Judson: A Life of Self-Denial. Copyright 2012 Chapel Library, Pensacola Florida. 22 pages. About the Publisher Chapel Library is a treasure trove of resources for the Christian who wants to learn historic theology and be connected to our brothers and sisters of...

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Here are some of my thoughts on the eighth commandment from my final sermon on Exodus 20:15. Stealing is the taking of something that isn’t yours or the using of something that isn’t yours without the owner’s consent and approval. Giving Remember that the opposite of...

Reminders About Disciplining Children

Reminders About Disciplining Children

Discipline is Good and Christian Here are some things that help me when I have to consider how to discipline my children. I need to make sure I am being loving when I discipline. Discipline is supposed to be based on love for the child. My actions and methods must be...