What is gnosticism? Gnosticism is literally, “the cult based on special, personal knowledge.” The apostle Paul specifically warned against this kind of division, which has spawned several very large Christian-like religions, dozens of very closed denominations, and hundreds or thousands of small sects. Each of these groups claims some “special personal knowledge,” which they have and you do not, which makes them more acceptable to God than you, and which keeps them separate from you. In the last month, I talked to Continue reading Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Christian Agape Love –Adapted from Introduction by Tyrone Edwards to Charity and its fruits by Jonathan Edwards Love is the best way of all Keep on desiring the better gifts. And now I will show you the best way of all. (1 Corinthians 12:31) Love is the sum of all virtue All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Love — the Greatest of these is Love
It’s kind of sad, that here in the United States, with an incredible economy, an incredible medical system, more food than you could possibly consume, more entertainment than anyone could ever enjoy, with housing so incredible that even the “homeless” live better than much of the world, and access to more psychological help than ever, that anyone could suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. Yet, this study finds more Americans than ever are suffering…
Tradition says that the Apostle John continued preaching even when so enfeebled with age as to be obliged to be carried into the assembly; and that, not being able to deliver any long discourse, his custom was to say in every meeting, “My dear children, love one another.” Legacy of the Apostle John The Apostle John was touched by the love of God and his ministry was consistent in sharing that love. Please read the Gospel according to John and Continue reading The legacy of the Apostle John is “love one another.” What is your legacy?
There are 2 character traits that are very important for service to the Lord: humility and submission. Humility about yourself towards others and towards God. Submission first to God and then to each other. Without these character traits, the Apostle Paul said you will be just like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. All noise. No benefit. If you consider these opposite character traits, it is obvious why pride and arrogance cannot serve the Lord. What motivates you?
This is a very important question. All the religions of the world differ in their response. Each religion makes requirements of what offerings you need to bring to God. Each religion describes what makes God happy. But, what does the Bible say? What can we bring to the Lord? How can we make God happy?
It happens to all of us. We have all walked through the slough of despond, a fictional, deep bog in John Bunyan’s allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, into which the protagonist Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and his sense of guilt for them. When that happens, we need to follow David’s example, and cry out to God to “Restore unto me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:12)
The 3 requirements for fervent effectual prayer are ask, seek, and knock. The Christian life is an active life, it motivates, and it works. You need to ask the will of God. You need to actively seek the answer. Then, you have to put the answer into action. All 3 of these are required. Don’t expect a godly answer and good results without all three. If you never ask the will of God, but seek everywhere for an answer, who knows what Continue reading 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock
When you don’t know what to do, or you are not able do what you think you should do, the right thing to do is wait on the Lord. This isn’t wasting time. This is letting the Lord lead in your life. Examples of waiting on the Lord with good outcomes Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and then spent at least 2 years in prison on false charges. This was not wasting time. Joseph realized Continue reading Waiting on the Lord is not wasting time
Towards the end of the Apostle Peter’s exhortation to the exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, he shares this nugget. The amazing truth and beauty of this passage is somewhat obscured by the King James English, so let’s look at several different translations… Casting all your care  upon him; for he careth  for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)