Homosexuality Comes to Church: Standing Firm in a Culture That Embraces Chaos
Over the past 50 years, homosexuality has been one of the most controversial topics among Christians.
The mainline denominations were riddled with theological liberalism, particularly in their view of Scripture. Theological liberalism doubted the Bible’s relevance for modern times and sought to make it more palatable for the modern man. When psychiatric professionals said homosexuality was healthy and normal, the push by theological liberals was to rethink the Bible in light... Continue Reading
The Power of Slander: How We Are To Deal With Slander Part 3
How should we proceed when we are tempted to slander another?
Slander is a powerful evil. We should avoid slander, either speaking or hearing it. Our calling, far from slander, is rather to speak the truth in love. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Eph. 4:15).... Continue Reading
Learning to Forgive
Forgiving doesn’t mean we simply act like nothing happen, but means we cancel the debt the person who sinned owed us.
Those who have been forgiven by God of all their sins—past, present, and future—should be the ones most readily to forgive—no matter the severity of the sin. I understand the urge to hold a grudge. We’re all sinners so that is what comes most naturally. But when we remember we’ve been completely forgiven, we should... Continue Reading
Do Women in the Church Really Know God?
If we do not know our God then how can we call ourselves Christians?
Women are not inferior to men by Gods design. We have been made to have the knowledge and personal relationship with our God. As women, we need to get away from thinking we need women only books and Bible studies. Instead, lets realize that we are Gods children just as men as and should spend... Continue Reading
40 Random Pieces of Advice for the Christian Life
Distinguish between what is mandated by God and what is simply a matter of wisdom or prudence.
The Bible says nothing about date nights, the Billy Graham Rule, sleep training, and so on. Don’t hold strongly to what the Bible holds loosely (or vice versa). And that includes pretty much everything I’ve included in this article. Not every idea is worthy of an entire article. Hence, this one contain a long... Continue Reading
Of Stars and Black Holes
"Jesus called his people to be salt and light, to shine like stars in the world in their obedience to him."
Black holes are formed when stars die. They become like Dyson vacuums, sucking up all the mass and matter around them, exhibiting a gravitational pull so strong that even light particles cannot escape. A black hole’s existence is dependent upon the consumption of everything around it. Likewise, humanity’s selfish heart sucks up everything God created good... Continue Reading
The Balance of God’s Grace – Part 2
Grace has a call toward increasing Christlikeness, which we refer to as personal sanctification.
We desire to understand God’s grace in balance. If we only think of the comfort of God’s grace, we miss that grace has a direction and agenda. If we only consider the call of God’s grace, we end up being legalistic, list-oriented, and evaluating our relationship with God almost exclusively by our spiritual resume of service. Yet, both are... Continue Reading
Elders in the New Testament: Occasional Letters
Elders are involved even in the training and launching of others into Christ-honoring ministry.
The Christian elder in the first century church had responsibility to serve under Christ’s authority, caring for the people of Christ, providing Godly conflict resolution, decision making, teaching, preaching, administrating, praying, serving the sick, and diligently working up a Christ-like sweat while seeking the good of Christ’s people. Last post we began to discuss... Continue Reading
Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Pray
Your attitude about prayer is important in building a foundation of prayer for your children.
Remember to model for them, but also give them opportunities to pray alongside you. James Dobson rightly concludes, “There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children.” When you teach your children to pray you are giving them a greater opportunity for a close relationship with God. ... Continue Reading
We are not to hold one standard for ourselves and another standard for someone else. That’s called hypocrisy.
In a Christian family it is not only the children who must abide by the law of God but the parents must as well, even though they are the ones who exercise discipline. We are all sinners in need of grace. None of us occupies the high moral ground. Any judgment on our part must be... Continue Reading