Don’t speak evil against one another Never before in the history of the world have Christians needed these exhortations as much as they need them right now. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other on Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other by phone, SMS, or IM. Never before has the world been so polarized and politicized and religiouscized to speak evil against each other. As Continue reading Do not speak evil against one another
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?
Almost everyone I know has been through a period in their lives where hopelessness led them to consider suicide as an escape. We know the terrible pain and anguish of soul—brought from the past to torment us in the present—with nothing to be seen in the future but more suffering and more pain. We know how overwhelming suicidal thoughts swirl round and down unstoppable until there is no other possible way out. We survived, we made it, and so can you. Here is how… Continue reading 7 reasons for hope instead of suicide
Jesus warned against hypocritical groups who try to have godliness through their own rules and regulations above the commandments of God and setting their own rulers above the Holy Spirit in the lives of their congregation… Jesus told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.’ “You abandon the commandments of God Continue reading A form of godliness (show of religion, piety, holiness, outward righteousness)
The 2016 remake of Ben-Hur disappoints in almost every way. The story line had too many heroes vying for attention without enough development to make us care about any of them. The CGI graphics were way overdone for a movie that was supposed to be about real life. We can suspend disbelief for live action super-heroes, but not for mere men. The resolution denied the experience of any reasonable person who has ever dealt with longstanding anger issues. The only redeeming thematic feature of Ben-Hur Continue reading A critical review of a disappointing Ben-Hur remake
A father adopted a dozen children from different countries, from different tribes, and from different kindred. He loved them all and they all loved him and they all loved each other. Two or three were more scholastic than the others. Two or three were more athletic than the others. Two or three were more musical than the others. Two or three were more travelers than the others. Two or three were more homebodies than the others. They all loved each Continue reading A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children
God never intended for Christians to become weird introspective hermits living in a ghostly religious bunker separated from the world. If this is where you have ended up, please prayerfully consider the following… Adam’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 3) Mankind’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 6) Abraham’s obedience brings promise of blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12; Romans 4) The Jews to be an example to the entire world (Isaiah 43) Jesus Christ Continue reading Christian vs. the bunker mentality
Have you ever wondered if you’ve gotten so far away from God that he doesn’t notice you anymore? Or maybe you feel like God notices you, but he’s either angry with you for what you’ve done or doesn’t think you’re worth his time. In this message from Luke 15, Claude Hickman walks through three stories Jesus tells that all make one point. Jesus is the divine seeker.