The real story of Christmas: Unto us a child is born

There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and it only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ… For unto us a Continue reading The real story of Christmas: Unto us a child is born

10 Psalms of trust in God’s goodness and care for his people

10 Psalms of trust in God

Sometimes it’s hard to trust anybody. It’s hard to trust your immediate family. It’s hard to trust your work. It’s hard to trust government. The reason it’s hard to trust is because we know we’re not trustworthy. If we can’t even trust ourselves, how can we trust anybody else? In times like these, you need someone you can trust. Someone who has your best interests in mind. Someone who has never let you down. And, someone who won’t ever leave Continue reading 10 Psalms of trust in God’s goodness and care for his people

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)

What about demon possession and evil spirits?

What about demon possession and evil spirits

Is demon possession real? Are evil spirits real? Yes, the Bible clearly speaks about demons and evil spirits. During this kind of possession, demons and evil spirits can actually control a person, which is much worse than demon oppression. The Bible warns it will get worse as the end times approach. But, a better question is, can Christians be possessed by demons and evil spirits? Many Bible scholars and commentators believe demons are powerful angels who joined Satan in his Continue reading What about demon possession and evil spirits?

What is predestination? (Is it foreknowledge?)

What is predestination:

Predestination means foreordain, predetermine, decide beforehand, and appoint beforehand. This is different than foreknowledge (pre-knowing or prior knowledge). Almost all Christians agree with these 2 statements, but the biggest disagreement is what is predestined. It is a shame that Christianity has been so divided over the meaning of these words when used in 2 passages in the New Testament. Good, honest, God-fearing brethren in Christ have fought each other for centuries over these meanings. I do not pretend to be Continue reading What is predestination? (Is it foreknowledge?)

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)

12 impossible ways to lose your salvation

NO ENTRY SIGN SIGNIFYING IMPOSSIBLE WAYS TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION

The title of this post is an oxymoron (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction) on purpose. All of the following impossible things would have to happen for you to lose your salvation. None of these things can happen. There is no unsecurity of the believer. Therefore, you can be confident your salvation is secure. Saved never becomes unsaved There is no recorded account in the Bible of anyone who is positively declared to have Continue reading 12 impossible ways to lose your salvation

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

The trinity of the tabernacle in the wilderness

Model of the tabernacle

What is the trinity, the three-in-one, triune God? This is an important question, which has caused lots of division between Christians. Some describe the trinity like an egg with a shell, egg white, and yolk or an orange with a skin, juicy meat, and seeds. Although these metaphors help illustrate the concept of three-in-one, they fall far short of describing God. Therefore, let’s consider the Biblical pattern of the tabernacle in the wilderness, which God showed to Moses (Exodus 25-31) Continue reading The trinity of the tabernacle in the wilderness

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