Do you really want to know Jesus?

26 05 2017

Phil 3-7

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. What is most important, your personal well being or knowing the person of   Christianity?

2. Are you concerned more about the things of your life or knowing the person who is your life?

3.  Are you trying to be a good person or trusting in the goodness of Christ?

4.  Are you anxious for your future or resigned to the future of Christ in you?

See Paul’s answers in Phil. 3: 7-11





Is there more to salvation than “getting saved”?

26 04 2017

iStock_000007201305XXLargeOne of the primary aims of evangelical Christianity has been for people to “get saved”. It’s been the purpose of evangelistic meetings, crusades, and Sunday morning sermons. People are invited to repent of their sins, seek God’s forgiveness and then receive the free gift of eternal life. The message is that unless you do these things your chances of winding up in hell after death are pretty good.

While this message is essentially true it has greatly confused one’s understanding of what salvation is all about. There is more to becoming “ok” with God than clicking off the boxes, following certain steps of repentance and confession or performing a series of disciplines. It is more than having your ticket punched for heaven or a get-out-of-hell card. Read the rest of this entry »





Where is God when I need Him?!

7 04 2017

hqdefaultPerhaps you have experienced this frustration with God, “I have asked and asked and I don”t get any answers. Where is God when I need Him?!” All of our Christian lives we have been taught how to pray to a God we are told is full of love and grace. We are told that we can ask Him and He will gladly help us. But, then, why at times doesn’t He seem to answer?

The faith teachers say that the answer is in knowing how to properly ask in faith. If we only had enough faith we would receive more from God, they say. Still, others tell us that it’s a matter of simply trusting that God’s seeming denials are actually His way of testing us or helping us develop patience. We just need to love Him more by total submitting to His will.

But there is a much deeper issue in place here having to do with the understanding of our basic existence. Read the rest of this entry »





Have you seen God lately?

27 03 2017

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The movie, The Shack, has touched thousands of people with emotional healing, redemption, and forgiveness. It has also helped restore people’s trust in a loving and caring God. But at the same time, it has also opened up a multitude of questions about our conventional understanding of God and the Trinity. As a result, there has been no lack of criticism and warnings that the film should be considered heresy, even though it is only a fictional story.

The debate mostly centers on who God is or how He (or She?) should be perceived. But that overlooks the bigger question. Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t try to live on one-half of the facts!

2 03 2017

One of the most common issues I run into these days with Christian men is that they know they are forgiven for their sins but they still think they are sinners. As a result, they are living defeated, discouraged lives even though they believe they are going to heaven. They just hope they don’t do something “big” that will ultimately invalidate their ticket. The struggle with sin is still very much a part of their lives. shark

Apparently, having the revelation of forgiveness through the cross is not enough to help men live the Christian life and bring them victory. What is even more discouraging is that few Bible teachers are offering men anything else that will encourage them other than to tell them to keep up their faith or remain faithful to their sin management plan. One author even claims that most of men’s issues can be solved if they are just faithful to a men’s group and Bible study.

The good news is that there is more. Read the rest of this entry »





My Liberating Discovery!

14 02 2017

 

Not that long ago, as a pastor and men’s leader, my aim was to encourage men and women to become more like Jesus. My aim was the same as most other pastors in the Christian church. My sermons were designed to encourage people to better emulate Christ as the most perfect man that ever lived. Certainly, if we can all become more like Christ our world would be a better place to live.

However, without realizing it, my teaching was counter to the truth. I came to see that it was the same as the lie that Satan fed Adam and Eve that they could “be like God”. It was suggesting that man is a separate being from God but can assume the same the qualities as God. The truth is that there is only one God and there is none like Him (Deuteronomy 4:35,39). Man was not created as a separate being from God who must learn to be like his creator, but rather, he was to be the human flesh-being through which God intended to manifest or express Himself. Man is not a separate being but, the container, the vessel, the branch, the living being in which God intends to live and work.

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Christianity is not about YOU!

3 02 2017

Son of God 5The most common theme in preaching and teaching in Christian churches and media is:

  • How to improve your life with God’s help
  • How God’s grace and love gives you hope and acceptance
  • Encouragement to be more loving, serving, tolerant
  • Commit, dedicate, consecrate your life to Christ
  • Repent, confess, your sins and get right with God.
  • Strive to grow or be more like Jesus.
  • How to be victorious, successful, healthy, and financially blessed by following Biblical principles
  • How you can gain God’s favor or blessings

The point of all of this is that YOU are the center of focus. The emphasis is on how YOU can apply scripture or access the grace of God for YOUR life. Read the rest of this entry »








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