Category: Church

Gifts for the Past, the Present, and the Future

Teachers interpret the past, prophets interpret the present and the future. Why would we doubt what the Scriptures clearly state as normal, simply because some other people doubt? Why wouldn’t our default type of decision be that we would agree with the Scriptures rather than with people who say “those times are over…”? If you […]

Drawing the Right Lines

There is a place for variety of culture in the church (the songs we sing, the clothing or costumes we wear), but no place for class (rich, poor; high, low; important, unimportant). There is a place for authority and responsibility in the church (the Spiritual gift of administration, the responsibility for leadership that is related […]

Needs and Responsibilities

How far are we from learning that we each need the gifts of other parts of the Body of Jesus, and that we are responsible for living in a way that other parts gain access to part of His life through our contributions? How devoted are we to doing whatever we can to enable and […]

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 […]

Visited by Jesus

Around the planet, Jesus is paying special attention to people who have been enslaved by Islam. Introducing Himself to them in dreams, answering unbelievers’ prayers for miracles, using the Qur’an to draw them to Himself; He is creating congregations in places where it is illegal to evangelize. He seems to frequently show special love to […]

Inviting People

You have influence over someone. That influence may be great or small. It may be greater than anyone else’s over a certain person or group, and still be small. Whatever the size or the expectation of its strength, stay alert for any opportunity the Spirit of God gives you to invite someone to life in […]

Living Like Mr. Murray

One of my heroes, E. Stanley Jones, shared a story about some villagers in India who were going to be baptized. A visiting bishop, who was present to oversee the baptisms, was very pompous. He asked some of the villagers, “What is it to be a Christian?” He was expecting the correct theological answer. The […]

Talking to Your Daddy

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:6-7 from Holman Christian Standard Bible ©®) Anyone who is still captive to the laws Yahweh […]

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