Life's challenges, including in ministry, have a way of revealing the true character of people. It's human nature to make assumptions about people based on how we see them behave in certain situations. Then there can be times our assumptions about people have to be reevaluated when they pleasantly surprise us or unexpectedly disappoint us just… Continue reading Just when you think you have someone figured out …
I'm thankful to the Lord every day for his word and for the saints whose actions are recorded in it, setting the example for me in how I should conduct myself. Although I'm not even close to being in the same class as the apostle Paul, it's something I strive toward. I admire how he… Continue reading Approaching ministry full blast with confidence
Acts 27 can serve as a real life example of what happens when believers remain steadfast in clinging to the leadership of the Holy Spirit along with God's prophetic word. In that chapter, Paul, accompanied by a handful of fellow Christians, was being shipped to Rome as a prisoner by Roman guards on a ship from… Continue reading Steadfast faith of saints in darkest times can serve to uplift unbelievers
Much speculation has been made about Paul's thorn in the flesh that he discusses in 2 Corinthians 12:6-10. Some have said it was a physical ailment (including me at times in the past) and in the past two days, a commenter came to this blog to use Paul's thorn as an excuse, in my opinion,… Continue reading A fresh look at Paul’s thorn in the flesh
Which one of the following is correct? (A) 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! Galatians 5:12 (NIV) (B) 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you. Galatians 5:12 (KJV) I've heard critics of the Bible refer to Paul as a merciless barbarian for wishing… Continue reading Paul meant excommunication not castration
I grew up in a church where the accepted thinking was that if you really wanted to be important in God's kingdom (i.e. religious church circles), you had to be called to preach and either sit under a prominent pastor and/or attend seminary to get a string of letters after your name, like M.Div. However,… Continue reading God specializes in using nobodies
The lies of the Jesus Seminar continue to be spread around by many who just make assumptions and are gullible enough to believe whatever they hear as long as it takes swipes at Christianity. One such claim is that Jesus Christ was just considered an ordinary Jewish Israelite rabbi until Paul came along and made… Continue reading Was Christianity created by Paul the Apostle?
The Word Faith Movement has been responsible for a lot of teachings seeping into the church for several decades now and one of the more popular teachings stemming from them is the idea that Christians should never be sick. Take for instance the following statement from Gloria Copeland: "When Jesus bore away our sins, He… Continue reading Are Christians supposed to be free of sickness?
It can be so easy for believers in Christ to go off on tangents that distract us from the important things concerning God's kingdom. Those tangents can be anything from what kind of foods we consider acceptable to consume to what religious days we should observe to what arguments we should make to justify bad habits, wrong beliefs,… Continue reading Get off the tangents, get on tenacious truths
Is it possible to tell if an idea or occurrence, like a natural disaster, is from God? If it's possible, then HOW can anyone tell what's truly of God and what isn't? John gives us a simple way to discern truth from error in 1 John 4:1-6. We are to try, or test, the spirits… Continue reading I wasn’t born again yesterday, or, noticing God’s hand