As Christians share the ministry of reconciliation to the world, they need to remember the ministry of restoration for each other. This is the amazing message that God has already done the work through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to restore the relationship between you and God. If any of your sins have separated you from Continue reading Ministry of restoration (restoring a right relationship with God)
Some of the most beautiful messages of help are from the Songs of Ascents that pilgrims sang as they ascended up to Jerusalem and up the southern steps to the temple. Psalm 121 is one of the most famous ones that starts with the question, “Does my help come from the hills?” The answer is stunning, thrilling, and beyond awesome. Continue reading Does my help come from the hills?
I found this brick in my yard. It wasn’t being very brick-like: it wasn’t thinking like a brick, it wasn’t acting like a brick, it wasn’t exercising brick headship. So I sat down and gave it a stern rebuke and a long lecture on brickness. Then it started acting more like a brick by trying to be more brick-like. What!? Continue reading Three Sovereign Headships: Christ, Church, and Husband
Intercession is different than supplications, prayers, thanksgivings, advocating, and mediating. It is the opposite of sin missing the mark of God’s will (The controversy of sin). Intercession paints the word picture of guiding the believer to hit the bullseye of God’s will. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all Continue reading What is intercession, interceding, and intercessory prayer?
The Bible gives many examples, exhortations, and instructions for godly fasting. It also gives examples and warnings against ungodly fasting. What is the difference? Should Christians fast? How? Why? When? What are the reasons, purposes, and benefits of Christian fasting? Biblical examples of godly fasting Here are some of the many examples of godly fasting in the Bible. These reasons, Continue reading What is Godly Christian Fasting?
Have you ever been tempted to ask God what is the greatest attribute: inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever longed for more inspiration, more truth, more knowledge, more faith? Have you ever focused on inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever been justifiably proud of your inspiration, your truth, your knowledge, or your faith? If so, you Continue reading The agápe love of God (1 Corinthians 13)
There are many self-help DIY approaches to achieving the nirvana of peace, but the only proven method requires help from the God of peace. Here are 4 Bible truths that give real peace instead of fear, anxiety, discouragement, and depression; hope instead of suicide; and help instead of suffering. These are the Bible truths that cured me from anxiety attacks Continue reading The secret to real peace
Jesus Christ taught shocking doctrines that destroyed the self-righteous pride and hypocritical judgment of the scribes and Pharisees. Here is one of those doctrines that made them hate him and plot to kill him. Before Christians try to judge the tiny mote of sin and failure in their friend’s eye, they must judge their own sins first. I am ashamed Continue reading Matthew 7:3 the mote in your friend’s eye
Prayer is one of the most important privileges and responsibilities of the Christian life. The disciples recognized the peace and comfort Jesus received from his prayers. They also saw the power of his prayers demonstrated in real life every day. Sometimes they were frustrated by their own failures. Therefore, they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus taught Continue reading 10 mistakes most people make when praying
We all live in relationships with other people. Some relationships are between symmetric peers with equal power. Some relationships are between unequal people with asymmetric power at different ends of the power spectrum. In Bible times, the most powerful people were masters and the least powerful were slaves. Now, we often call a powerful person: president, chief, employer, leader, supervisor, Continue reading Good boss, bad boss, and what to do about it