Often, it is the father who wanders first because the enemy is relentless and goes after those who are called to lead.
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I am deeply concerned about school violence. A massive shift has occurred. Talking, chewing gum and making noise were the top three public school problems in the early 1960s. Currently, rape, robbery and assault could lead the list.
The devil doesn’t make us do anything; he simply presents the bait. “…but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape…”
The freedom to get the gospel out. God has given us that freedom, and in many ways, it has been used wisely—no one can argue the fact that America is the number one exporter of the gospel.
Our arrogance as a state, and as a nation, is appalling. School districts throughout California should be held accountable.
Fasting applies pressure to the spiritual realm. Arthur Wallace notes, “Often, pressure has to be maintained before there is a breakthrough in heavenly warfare.”
Why is the world offended by the cross? Why are so many disturbed when the name of Jesus is mentioned? Why is His name, above all others, often taken in vain?
Throughout history, Christians have vacillated between two extremes: compromising with the culture or removing themselves from it (isolation). Neither extreme is healthy.
The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition.
You choose – will it be the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret? One yields a sense of extreme fulfillment, the other, a lingering sense of defeat. We pray for God to heal rather than for help with self discipline to change harmful habits.
You may be “a good Christian” – you may even “know your Bible,” but have you truly experienced a mighty downpour? Pride avoids answering this question, and arrogance blinds us. Desperation makes us feel vulnerable and weak.
Emotions – good or bad? How can some quote Whitefield and Edwards, but avoid talking about the mighty moves of the Holy Spirit that occurred under their preaching – experiences and emotions that paralleled the books of Acts?
Knowing Him leads to yet another name, Prince of Peace. Peace is the opposite of chaos. Peace is greater than fear just as light is greater than darkness.
We cannot love both Christ and this world. Carnality quenches the fire of the Spirit. A carnal Christian does not pray, really pray and seek the heart of God.
Revelation, written nearly 2000 years ago, rings true with resounding clarity for us today. They were physically alive, but spiritually dead.
Redeem and celebrate are not unfamiliar to Christians. God “redeems” man from a state of darkness and we “celebrate” this transformation of heart.
The compromising, silent church often lacks boldness; it’s easier to be passive. But it’s not healthy, wise, or God-honoring.
It seems like every month a new Christian leader embraces the LGBT movement – from pastor Brandan Robertson to Tony Campolo and Jen Hatmaker…
Christians only go through the motions. This is why many churches die. The fire fades – very few […] conversions take place. They are the living dead.
When prayer is edited out of our services, the beacon of light will fade and the salt will lose its savor. A deathlike slumber has overtaken the church:
If God has called a man to preach and teach His Word, that will be his passion. If God has called a man to pursue politics, that will be his or her passion.
For the first time, a majority of Americans — according to new Pew Research Center polls — say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief.
I was labeled a “hate pastor” as LGBT activists protested the event. My wife and I were perplexed – when did a message of love become a message of hate?
I came across an article, Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues, from the website Raised Good – Parenting by Nature.
Just a few decades ago, most of today’s television programs and movies would have shocked the public. Programs that never would have aired then, receive the highest ratings now.
When sin begins to amuse us, we are dangerously close to the edge—“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
Marriage: Those who do not allow hurt to entrap them can turn brokenness into an unbreakable force…
Newsweek magazine article dated 27 December 1982 entitled, “How the Bible Made America,” made this revealing statement, “historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document.”
Sinful nature opposes the Spirit, primarily through our desires. Opposing forces constantly fight each other. Our choices are never free from this conflict
Fasting was referenced several times in the pages of early church writings such as the Didache, and the New and Old Testament.