Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life

Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life

Some psalms are called wisdom psalms because they make a case for the primary importance of wisdom or instruct readers in dealing with questions, issues, and doubts that arise in life (see Pss 1, 14, 25, 34, 37, 39, 49, 73, 78, 90, 91, 111, 112, 127, 128, 131, 133, 139). Many other psalms contain elements of wisdom teaching (see Pss 18, 27, 31, 32, 40, 62, 92, 94, 107, 144, 146). (New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible Notes) Psalms Continue reading Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life

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)

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?

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)

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

Review: The Divorce Dilemma by John MacArthur

The divorce dilemma (God's last word on lasting commitment) by John MacArthur

The Divorce Dilemma: God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment by John MacArthur is used in many Bible counseling training programs. The subtitle “God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment” is consistent with the message that God hates divorce and intends for marriage to be a permanent covenant. However, the book is marred by the false doctrine of extreme predestination, which permeates every page, with many outright attacks on contemporary evangelicalism. The book ignores God’s laws about multiple wives and God’s protections for Continue reading Review: The Divorce Dilemma by John MacArthur

Satanic Strongholds through False Concepts versus Walking by Faith

FALSE CONCEPT: unity and uniformity are very similar; therefore, uniformity equals spirituality

For two or three years I have been contemplating the question of why so many of God’s Children struggle to have peaceful fellowship among themselves.  What are the strongholds that keep the Lord’s family from functioning in loving harmony and accepting one another as Christ has accepted each of his children? Rom. 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. What is it that causes the hard-line adherence to the minor issues Continue reading Satanic Strongholds through False Concepts versus Walking by Faith

When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe

When Jesus prayed for you

Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) Jesus Prayed for you, but most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have Continue reading When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe