My Disappointment I was disappointed to read a post on the social media page of a popular Christian author. He wrote on January 9. For logos to be effective in your life, you must intentionally mix it with faith (Heb 4:2). Rhema, in contrast, comes with such vibrancy that it often releases faith with its delivery. Hebrews 4:2 says: (ESV) For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. (NASB) For indeed we have had good news preached […]
How to Ruin Christmas
Strip the nativity Bible narratives of all human traditions that have been added to the birth of Jesus. Luke 2:4-7. Mary did not ride a donkey to Bethlehem. Luke 2:9-15. There is no “innkeeper[a]However, if the house belonged to Joseph, and the guest chamber/κατάλυμα was already full, then Joseph clearly had a host who managed the house and residents while he was away in Nazareth. … Continue reading(and “inn” is a poor translation of the word for an “upper room”). Matthew 2:9-11. The star was capable of standing still above a single house as a supernatural guiding light, not a […]
Should I live however the #*@% I want to live?
Recently, a medical colleague asked me if I thought that vaccination cards were the Mark of the Beast. I knew that this was a reference to Revelation 13:11-18. Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the […]
How to Face a Jealous God
“If jealousy is a deadly sin, isn’t God sinful, since He is a jealous God?” Premise One: God is a Jealous God. Nahum 1: 2 tells us, “A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; the LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies.” [a]Scripture quotations are from The New American Standard Bible: 1995 (The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA) This is verified in Exodus 20:5. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity […]
Should Christians Salute and Pledge to the U. S. Flag?
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Should Christians pledge loyalty to anyone but Christ? Jesus said not to make oaths. “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, […]
How to Be Deplorable
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton insulted American voters by categorizing many of them as a “basket of deplorables”. She did this on both Saturday and Sunday. One of the reactions has been to call her speech “hate speech”. Therefore, she offered an apology for her choice of words. However, I may agree with many of the words that she used. I have observed that some Donald’s Trump supporters actually do hate people of other races, nationalities and ethnicity. And then I think that Mrs. Clinton was ill, possibly running a fever, when she made the statements. Donald Trump has been […]
Let’s Be More Reasonable With Each Other
Recently, a friend posted: Reasonable people can see the same facts and come to different conclusions. People can be wrong without being stupid, deluded or evil. If you have opinions, you should actively seek the best and most principled people who disagree with them to test whether you are correct. If your argument takes the form of “the same people who say thing X also say thing Y and that makes them hypocritical” you’re only attacking the worst advocates of thing X, rather than making a good case for what you believe. Do not be scared of changing your […]
Are Church Elections Biblical?
In a church election, the physically attractive candidate is most likely to be elected. Do you look at things from the outward appearance? [2 Corinthians 10:7] The Deacon board and voting membership will believe with all their heart that they are looking for a candidate who knows the word of God, prays fervently, preaches effectively and has a heart to take the gospel into all the world. The nominating committee will convince you that they were led by the Spirit of God. The church board will know that they know that they have heard the voice of God. Perhaps […]