The real enemy of every Christian

Some Christians have gone to battle against other Christians for doctrinal differences that rank from mild opinions to strong convictions. This is completely contrary to the word of God. I think it proves they have forgotten who the real enemy is… Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the Continue reading

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Do you have “itching ears?”

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2 Timothy 4:1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow weary of the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables, and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will not endure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to the purpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, must venture and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness, and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel

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Living by the rule of the Holy Spirit

Walk in the Spirit—Greek, “By (the rule of) the (Holy) Spirit.” Compare Ga 5:16-18, 22, 25; Ga 6:1-8, with Ro 7:22; 8:11. The best way to keep tares out of a bushel is to fill it with wheat. – Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love Continue reading

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What about Stockholm Syndrome?

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The Stockholm Syndrome is a strategy of survival in a very, very bad situation. Many experts agree that a situation with the following 4 characteristics can cause Stockholm Syndrome… Perceived threat to one’s physical or psychological survival and the belief that the abuser would carry out the threat — when one man, a group of men, or a religious system wields too much power, especially when this power is considered to be God-ordained, there is a very real fear of danger, from Continue reading

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Is the LORD your shepherd?

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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) One cannot have it both ways. Either we belong or we don’t. Jesus Himself warned us that there would come a day when many would say, “Lord, in Your name we did many wonderful things,” but He will retort that He never knew us as His own. It is a most serious and sobering thought which should make us search our own hearts and motives and personal relationship to Continue reading

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Instructions for asymmetric power relationships

Asymetric Power Relationship

We all live in relationships with other people. Some relationships are between symmetric peers with equal power. Some relationships are between unequal people with asymmetric power at different ends of the power spectrum. In Bible times, the most powerful people were masters and the least powerful were slaves. Now, we often call a powerful person: president, chief, employer, leader, supervisor, manager, boss, teacher, admiral, captain, general, doctor, etc. We often call a less powerful person: follower, worker, employee, intern, underling, soldier, Continue reading

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Book: The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll

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The Grace Awakening: Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another. by Charles Swindoll “Bound and shackled by legalists’ lists of do’s and don’ts, intimidated and immobilized by others’ demands and expectations, far too many in God’s family merely exist in the tight radius of bondage, dictated by those who have appointed themselves our judge and jury.”-Chuck Swindoll [from the Introduction] The Grace Awakening calls all Christians to wake up and reject living in such legalistic, performance-oriented bondage. The Continue reading

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What is a root of bitterness?

Hebrews 12:1 “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root4491 of bitterness4088 springing5453 up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless Continue reading

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The bitter root of idolatry

The most poisonous bitter root that can spring up and defile many is the sin of idolatry, which is defined as 1. (n.) The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods. 2. (n.) Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration [Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary]. Consider these stern warnings. Hear, fear, and do more likewise… “Suppose someone secretly entices you—even your brother, your son or daughter, your beloved wife, or your Continue reading

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