What is your “resolution” or goal for this year? How will this year be different? Consider making Psalm 15 your theme for 2018 and beyond. This chapter focuses on the kind of person who walks with God. How does the Bible describe this godly person? First, “integrity.” Integrity is defined as “the state of being … Continue reading Resolution for 2018
The characteristic we see present in the early church is humility. This is dismissed by people in the church. Largely, because like so many other biblical concepts, it is twisted and misrepresented. Humility is the key ingredient for a healthy life and church! However, it is not only the missing characteristic, it is rejected by … Continue reading Keys to health, Part 3 of 3
Part 2 Joy is the second attitude we see in Acts 2:46 that fostered health in the early church. The word in the verse is translated “gladness” as well as “joy.” Many people are thirsty for happiness. Next to health, happiness is the most sought after experience. However, when we seek happiness by leaning the … Continue reading Keys to Health, Part 2 of 3
What key ingredients make for a healthy life? What about a healthy church? I’ve read a lot of books on personal and corporate health! Individual health determines organizational health. As pragmatic Americans we think the church can be FIXED with capitalistic ideas! So, today’s church operates like corporate America. That doesn’t work. More importantly, it … Continue reading Keys to health, part 1
Is Baptism essential for salvation? Acts 2:38 says And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It appears that Peter is saying that forgiveness is based on baptism. IF that … Continue reading Is Baptism Essential for Salvation?
Have you found that you continue to repeat the same sin even after “confessing” it to God? Why is that? Maybe because of your view of the basis of God’s forgiveness. You see, the popular thought is that God’s forgiveness is based on His mercy. Thinking that way will allow you to continue in your … Continue reading The basis for Forgiveness – JUSTICE!!!
What is the basis for forgiveness? A better question is this: WHO is the ultimate source of forgiveness? It is vitally important that we start at the right place. God is the ultimate source of forgiveness. Why? Because God is morally perfect. He is sinless, blameless, and altogether perfect. That is why His primary attribute … Continue reading Forgiveness
In a recent message on the three attitudes that set the early church apart, I talked about recapturing a biblical "fear" of God. I normally don't share long quotes in a message. However, this one is so powerful, I used it. It is from an article in Light Magazine by John Franklin. I came across this … Continue reading Recapturing a healthy Fear of God