Here at the onset of 2015, the Lord has freshly impressed upon me the dangers of having an entitlement mentality. You know, the idea that we are owed something or that we deserve better than what we have. I’m face to face with my own propensity to believe I DESERVE comforts, things, honor, etc. The problem is I don’t deserve anything better than what I have, in fact, truth be told, because of my rebellion against God, all I really deserve is hell. Anything I receive one degree better than hell should be considered a huge blessing. So, I’m turning to the Sermon on the Mount again to gain perspective and help extinguish my entitlement mentality.
Daniel chapter 9 is a critical chapter in understanding God’s plan at the end of the age. This chapter takes place near the end of Daniel’s life. In it Daniel makes intercession for the sin of Israel and asks the Lord to have mercy and restore Israel. A major key to understanding Daniel 9 is recognizing that Daniel had been reading Jeremiah’s prophecies which served as an impetus for his intercessions. In this blog we’ll take a brief look at Jeremiah 25 to get a better understanding of what Daniel may have been thinking when He prayed for Jerusalem’s restoration. Read More
A key battle ground over the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage is the Bible. What does the Bible actually say about Homosexuality? This subject has become a very blurry one in recent days. Though there are explicit Scriptures that identify homosexuality as sin, there are also gay apologists who offer alternative interpretations to these texts seemingly overthrowing traditional interpretations in favor of viewpoints that affirm homosexuality. My desire is to address these issues by honoring the biblical texts and allowing them to determine what our view should be on these extremely important issues. In this blog I offer the traditional view of the main Scriptures that identify homosexuality as a sin, briefly state some of the arguments that gay-affirming theologians use to counter those texts, and then offer responses to those counter arguments.
Because there are so many questions swirling around this issue, I felt it necessary to address some of the most common ones. This is by no means an exhaustive apologetic on the issues, but hopefully it will be a helpful reference and guide to those who are honestly seeking truth. I desire that my words are read through the heart that I expressed earlier this week. Here goes…Answers to 7 of the most common questions. Read More
Ok, I’ll admit it, that title is HUGE. I mean who really knows THE MOST important thing about God? I’m even trembling a bit as I write this. But here’s 2 reasons why it’s important: 1) We need To Know Him as He is and not as we supposed Him to be and 2) the most important thing about God has a massive effect upon us. Whatever His main thing is, will automatically be our main thing.
So what is the most important thing about God? Read More
How you look? Definitely not.
How ’bout who your parents are or how much money you make? Nope.
What about where you live or work or go to church? Uh-uh.
The most important thing about you cannot be measured by any natural means. We spend countless hours investing in all of these things but none of them is the most important thing about us. THE MOST important thing about you is, drum roll please…
To one extent or another, everyone is.
In fact, the ability to make value judgments is part of our design.
Judging, by definition, is simply: forming an opinion or conclusion about something.
Here’s the problem with gay marriage: there is no such thing. It doesn’t exist.
How could I say such a thing? I am by no means attempting to be inflammatory or sensational. Simply truthful: marriage is not a man-made institution; thus man has no right to define, redefine, or transform what God has ordained and established sovereignly. Marriage is from God, belongs to God, and is a prophetic declaration that He wants to make to the human race about His relationship with us. Therefore, we need to tread carefully and fearfully around this subject. It is precious to Him.
Rom 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
We must comprehend that we have a chosen path, by God, a walk that the Lord has laid before each of us that is intricately designed by heaven to bring us into maturity in love.