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
What is “casting lots” and should we practice it today to discern God’s will? In Acts 1, Judas’ replacement was determined by certain criteria. Only two men qualified. So they cast lots to determine who should take Judas’ place. Remember that Acts is a transitional book. In chapter 1, the Holy Spirit has not yet … Continue reading Casting Lots?
It is possible to have “spiritual ADD”! Actually, I personally battle it. However, I do know the prescription that greatly reduces the symptoms. Do you have “spiritual ADD”? Here are some symptoms: When you pray, you are easily distracted. You easily get sidetracked when you are reading the Scripture. During the moments when you sense … Continue reading Spiritual ADD
Let’s get on the same page! Are you on the same page as the Lord? What is the greatest hindrance from being there? The disciples paint a great picture of the challenge. After talking to them about the Kingdom of God for 40 days and just prior to His ascension, the disciples asked, “Lord, is … Continue reading The Agenda
Have you ever wondered about the topic of conversation between Jesus and the disciples during the 40 days before His ascension? He discussed “things concerning the Kingdom of God.” The first petition in the Model Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” The Kingdom of God refers … Continue reading The Kingdom of God