Prayers are an important part of Christian life. They are worship, supplication, and confession; therefore, we don’t want them to be hindered. (See 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock) If you don’t want your prayers hindered, stop doing these ten things. 1) Prayers are hindered by lack of love All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is summed up in Christian love. When that love is missing or corrupted, then our Continue reading 10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)
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
Divorce is serious. It permanently severs the most intimate marriage relationship. It almost always causes emotional, financial, and practical hardships for children and families. What does the Bible say about divorce? What does God think about divorce? As with many things, it’s a good idea to go to the Old Testament Ten Commandment Law to see what God thinks about something. God’s righteous law demanded that some heinous sins received the death penalty. This solved the problem of divorce in those situations because death freed the spouse from Continue reading What about divorce?
Before all else, you must have a right relationship with Jesus Christ. Only through him can you have help for hurting marriages, only through him can you have healing of the relationship with your family, only through him can you have healing of the relationship with your children (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21). But [Jesus Christ] told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more Continue reading Help for hurting marriages
What is marriage? The Bible definition and description of marriage hasn’t changed in over 3500 years since Moses received revelation and commandment from God. But, mankind has changed many opinions, practices, and traditions about marriage during that time. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to go back to the Bible and see what it says. I used to think a signed civil marriage certificate was required for a marriage to be acceptable to God. I used to think anyone living in a Continue reading What about marriage? Is a civil wedding ceremony required by God?
Unless you’re a hermit, living alone without any human contact, living off the grid except for this internet connection, and living off the land by hunting and farming, you need to communicate with other people. Communication is fragile and precious, it should be treated with care and respect. The following phrases will damage it, so avoid them as much as possible. 1) Honestly… Truthfully… — If what you have said, are saying, or will say, are so unbelievable that you Continue reading Communication is fragile, handle with prayer (stop saying these 4 phrases)
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently. (1 Timothy 1:5-7) charity—LOVE; the Continue reading The greatest purpose
When the venerable John could no longer walk to the meetings of the Church but was borne thither by his disciples, he always uttered the same address to the Church; he reminded them of that one commandment which he had received from Christ Himself, as comprising all the rest, and forming the distinction of the new covenant, “My little children, love one another.” When the brethren present, wearied of hearing the same thing so often, asked why he always repeated Continue reading Do not love in word only or tongue only
After opening his letter to the Christians at Colosse with a defense against heretical teachings, Paul gives instructions to local churches This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without Continue reading 5 instructions to local churches