Author: Douglas Thomas

Difference of Opinion

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit has a difference of opinion with religious leaders regarding the concepts of clergy and laity being valid categories of Church membership. Luke recorded the apostles’ reaction to a controversy about a ministry of feeding widows as not being important enough for them to do the work of fixing […]

Praying For You

Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high […]

Falling Away

If I am still unconvinced that the Scripture references to the Church are speaking of identity and nature, and the references to the Kingdom are speaking of commandments, obedience, and judgement, I will not be able to properly find the truth in passages like Hebrews 6:4-12. The two judgements that will be faced by every […]

Properly Motivated

He entered Jericho and was passing through. There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man. So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree […]

Arguments’ Rewards

There are times when it becomes a prize-less fight to defend myself or my opinion. When my character or my doctrine are being challenged, what should move me to defend them? When should I refuse to invest in the argument?  When someone accuses me of having made a mistake that someone else really made, when […]

Serving as Reconcilers

Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God […]

Policing the World

At times empires arise among humans. They rise up and take under their control the local leadership of kingdoms and make them subjects of the emperor. When the local leaders refuse to submit, they are replaced by loyal servants of the empire. The laws and cultural influences of the empire are forced onto the nations […]

Our Responses to Yahweh

When we pray for healing and receive it, we praise our God fervently. When a worried-over bill is paid just in time, when a lost daughter returns home, when our prayers are answered in a way we like, we are full of praise, and sometimes worship. I praise Him toward you, I worship toward Him. […]

Heavenly Minded

There is a proverb: “It is possible to be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good.” What is the truth, though? If our minds are set on carnal things, that is death. If our minds are set on spiritual things, that is life and peace (Romans 8:6). It is possible to be so earthly-minded […]

Self-Pity the Thief

When I am pitying myself, I am denying myself the power to have my problem solved. I don’t gain answers to my needs of comfort, healing, revelation, or provision by focusing on what is absent and causing my pain. I can only find the relief I need by focusing on Yahweh, Who is my Provision, […]

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