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
The keystone of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Christianity, the New Testament, and all the claims of Jesus Christ crumbles without the resurrection. Followers of Christ are hopeless and deceived if the resurrection of Christ did not happen. Based on the essential nature of Christ’s resurrection, how do we know for certain it … Continue reading The Resurrection
Are you frustrated with the lack of progress you are making, your church is making, etc? Maybe greater progress could be made by WAITING. Sounds crazy doesn’t it?! It is a paradox of the Scripture. Jesus gave “orders to the Apostles” before He ascended. His orders: remain in Jerusalem until you are baptized with the … Continue reading God’s waiting room