“God wants me to be happy”! Is that true? If so, how can you go to a cross while being happy? Yet, it seems that the enemy has slipped a dangerous and ungodly lie into the minds of God’s people. If we believe God wants us to be happy, then we will do whatever makes … Continue reading Happy?
Believers are called to “build up” not “tear down.” Specifically, Romans 14 refers to how believers treat one another. Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. What is the kingdom of God? “Righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” It is impossible to experience the Kingdom while tearing down another … Continue reading Build up!
Every believer will stand before the Judgment seat of Jesus! We will give an account for the stewardship of our lives. That is the motivation Paul uses to urge all believers to stop judging one another. Now clearly, he is not talking about a brother caught in sin. The scripture deals with the inappropriate and … Continue reading Stop Judging, Part 2
Should we follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament? Are we under obligation to worship only on Sunday? What should we do about having an activity on “Halloween” or celebrating “Christmas” with an inside tree with lights? Isn’t that tied to paganism? All these are genuine questions with which people grapple! Romans 14 helps … Continue reading Stop Judging
According to surveys, there is not a dime's difference between the standards of the world and those in the church. The “church” lives and behaves like the fallen world around her in America. See this article. That explains why we see the lack of impact and influence from the church. The mentality of the world … Continue reading No difference
How do you fulfill the many commandments in the New Testament? There are dozens in Romans 13. Add to that the other 26 books of the NT and you have hundreds of commandments. If we are not careful, we will fall into the legalistic trap that the Pharisees propagated. So, how do we avoid becoming … Continue reading The key to avoid legalism
The root of all our problems goes back to the garden of Eden. We see the clear evidence in our culture and in the home. It is rebellion against authority. There is a natural tendency within the human heart to push against the “lines.” Adam and Eve were given boundaries by the Supreme Authority but … Continue reading Authority