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
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?
What did Jesus teach about serving others? Many leaders in the Christian community are identified as Christian “ministers”. This tradition leads many to equate Christian ministry with clergy or leadership over Christian congregations. In scripture, a “minister” is simply a “servant” and “ministry” relates to “service”. How can one be both a servant to, and an authority over, God’s people?
The struggle of mankind’s plans versus God’s plans has affected history for thousands of years and it is affecting us today. The church is God’s creation and workmanship. It is eternal in nature and too big to become the exclusive province of one group of partisans. Why not be big and wise enough to see this? Rehoboam and Jeroboam divided the Kingdom of Israel The division has lasted about 3,000 years. But, God is not impressed! It hasn’t changed his plans. Continue reading Mankind has divided and conquered! God is not impressed.
If we lived 2,000 years ago, what would a church service look like? How did they meet? And, why couldn’t it work like that today? 1 Corinthians 14:26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was justified and the other was rejected. What was the difference? Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. Continue reading Two men went up to the temple to pray, which one was justified?
Here are my personal favorite and most powerful verses from a life-long love of reading the Holy Bible. I tried to narrow this list to 101 verses, I really did try, but every time I considered removing a verse it caused me to keep it and add another, so the list kept growing. And, even now, there are dozens and hundreds of verses I want to add. If I’ve forgotten your favorite or most important verse, please add it to the comments Continue reading 101 Bible Verses to Make Personal
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
True wisdom comes from God therefore it has characteristics that are God-like. If the Holy Spirit indwells me and I am growing in God’s wisdom, these characteristics will be present in my life. If I know that they are not present or are rarely present, I should ask myself, “Why not?” If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are Continue reading Characteristics of Godly Wisdom
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.