The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

The Paradox of Weakness: God's strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness

There are 2 paradoxes of weakness: God’s strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness. The more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we lean on Jesus Christ for our strength. And, the more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we let him change us to be stronger. But, when we think we are strong enough by ourselves that we don’t need Jesus Christ — there is no paradox of self-deceived strength — that is Continue reading The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

I was born that way (and God doesn’t make junk)

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Just because you were born that way does not mean that you should stay that way Everyone is born a natural person with a human nature. They have instinctive needs for food, water, clothing, shelter. They have human desires for love and care. They have normal goals to grow up, raise offspring, and leave a legacy. They have innate tendencies to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way. And, the Bible tells us, everyone has inherited a fallen nature Continue reading I was born that way (and God doesn’t make junk)

What about self-righteousness? (the damnable sin of justifying yourself)

Self-righteousness — the damnable sin of justifying yourself

Self-righteousness is the sin of justifying yourself. It comes in 2 different forms: Cain tried to hide his feelings of inadequacy and jealousy by being proud of his accomplishments, which didn’t work, and eventually caused him to murder his brother (Genesis 4) Nebuchadnezzar was so proud of his accomplishments that he believed he was greater than the power and glory of God, which cost him everything until he was humbled (Daniel 4) The first is a sad hypocritical attempt to Continue reading What about self-righteousness? (the damnable sin of justifying yourself)

How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

Change is hard! Change is painful! And what’s worse, the hardest and most painful part of change is you. Your brain doesn’t want to change — it’s difficult to reprogram yourself. Your body doesn’t want to change — it’s comfortable with the old habits. Therefore, most people won’t change until the pain of not changing is worse than the pain of changing. You may have recognized you need to change. You may have tried to change in the past. But, you Continue reading How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

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. The history of Halloween is easily researched in any dictionary, encyclopedia, or simple web search… Halloween – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, Continue reading Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Critical Review of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (eating the meat and spitting out the bones)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp is required reading in many Christian courses and is a very popular book with high ratings on Amazon. But, it is based on a flawed doctrine from a flawed paradigm that leads to a flawed conclusion. Therefore, I fear it could destroy your family and drive your children away from you and away from God. Shepherding a Child’s Heart is a dogma for predestinated parents to act as agents of God to deliver Continue reading Critical Review of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (eating the meat and spitting out the bones)

Becoming a trusted counselor

To be a trusted counselor, you have to do more than come alongside a counselee and spout vague generalizations and empty platitudes. You must meet them where they are — like the LORD God walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day — like Jesus manifest in the flesh to break the power of sin and death — because they cannot come to where you are. First, you must understand their pain, their fear, and their darkness. Continue reading Becoming a trusted counselor

Stop doing these things (they will destroy the joy of your salvation)

Stop doing these things, they will destroy the joy of your salvation

Stop doing these things, they will destroy the joy of your salvation. You may think grace gives you liberty to do these things, but they will not help you grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you keep doing these things long enough, you won’t grow in your faith, then you will become stagnant, and then stale, and eventually, you will stink. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor 3:17) But Continue reading Stop doing these things (they will destroy the joy of your salvation)

101 verses of strength and courage

101 Verses of Strength and Courage

Strength and courage are vital during a struggle or a trial. Here are verses that have strengthened and encouraged Christians for thousands of years. If you are going through a struggle or a trial right now, meditate on these verses for your personal strength. If you need a powerful dose of strength and encouragement, but only have time for one chapter, you can’t do better than Romans 8 or Philippians 4. Read through this list carefully and prayerfully. Determine if each Continue reading 101 verses of strength and courage

Imagine a place where fellowship grows

Imagine a place where fellowship grows by the grace of God

I was sitting out on the porch with my wife not long ago watching the rain and enjoying the natural beauty of nature, much of which she had added by her gardening knowledge and special touch. Many times, we’ve enjoyed our mornings together this way, drinking coffee and sharing thoughts. Twelve years ago hundreds of our trees were majorly damaged by a downdraft tornado, completely destroying the beauty that God and my wife had given to our little backyard getaway. But over time, with Continue reading Imagine a place where fellowship grows