Scientists have discovered that a grove of Live Oak trees is much stronger than a single tree because the deep roots are intertwined with neighboring trees. The Bible says Christians are stronger when they have deep roots of love that are intertwined with brothers and sisters. Watch this video on The Scene. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, Continue reading
We realize this is a natural tendency of human nature to distinguish between “us” and “them.” From the first man, Adam—who wanted God to know that he wasn’t as bad as his wife (Genesis 3:12)—all the way to you and me, pride wants us to exalt ourselves by humbling other people. As usual God wants it to be the other way around.
There are 3 different perspectives among Christianity. Part of each perspective is absolutely true. But, as always, the truth is more nuanced and more complicated than any one of these individual perspectives. We will try to present the perspectives and leave it between you and the Holy Spirit to lead your conscience to make choices for your situation.
No matter the pain and suffering you are going through right now, God has promised to deliver you from your struggle. He may not deliver you out of the trial, but he will definitely deliver you through the trial. The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1) God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Continue reading
This little verse has caused more fighting, more division, and more heartache than almost any other verse… Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) There are Christian groups teaching it is your responsibility, it is your work, and it is your endeavor that makes the unity in this verse. These group teach unity is the result of correct doctrine, the result of correct walk, and the result of correct practices. Therefore, they teach, you have Continue reading
The controversy of sin is not that we are sinners, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is how badly we are sinners. The controversy of sin is not that God hates sin, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is what God has done about sin. Remember, God has already revealed himself from heaven to the whole world… For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be Continue reading
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Please consider these truths from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ… For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. (AMP John 3:17) Please meditate about why God the Father sent Jesus Christ into the world. Are you working for Jesus Christ by helping save the world through Him? Or, Continue reading
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) But most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have institutionalized their differences and Continue reading
After giving one of the most beautiful greetings of thanksgiving for the church of God in Corinth, the Apostle Paul was forced to address the first of many problems: schisms. This seems to be a common problem among mankind because it is just as prevalent now as it was then. Paul criticizes the sin of schisma (cleft, rent, division of opinion, dissension) and appeals for them to strive for the opposite, using the word katartízō (repair, mend, restore).