Throughout history, Christians have vacillated between two extremes: compromising with the culture or removing themselves from it (isolation). Neither extreme is healthy.
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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.
“Pastor’s who sell their books are only in it for the money,” said one disgruntled blogger. He added, “Why do they always have to mention their ‘new’ book?”
I attended a conference where pastors were encouraged to meet at a pub after the general session.. life often tempts us to seek gratification in alcohol…
Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength
You see, a petition has been created to “Stop the Tyrant Sheriff” of Ashe County. The petition claims…
The one thing that all of the great revivals in church history had is the one thing that we often lack—the genuine power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s been said that the quality of our government depends more upon the character of our leaders than upon our laws. But be careful—many use “religious talk” and twist the Scriptures to support un-biblical initiatives.
Are you being infected by the world? Being infected is the ultimate cost of carnality! Like any infection, it can destroy the body, and, in this case, the soul.