Author: Douglas Thomas

The Ten Temptations

Romans 7:5,6 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of […]

Elohim of Help

PSALM 146 Hallelujah! Praise Yahweh, my soul! I mean to praise Yahweh all my life, I mean to sing to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in men in power, or in any mortal man – he cannot save, he yields his breath and goes back to the earth […]

Greater Than John

Matthew 11:7-14 7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ […]

Who are the Tares?

Every  believer thinks that they have the tares identified: it’s those people whose doctrine is wrong. They aren’t saved. Everybody thinks they have revelation about what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was: it’s whatever is tormenting them relentlessly. John said that there were already “many antichrists,” so it is probably ok for everyone to disagree […]

Doing and Discerning

John 7:14-19 14 When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple complex and began to teach. 15 Then the Jews were amazed and said, “How does He know the Scriptures, since He hasn’t been trained?” 16 Jesus answered them, “My teaching isn’t Mine but is from the One who sent […]

Congregational Pregnancy

Every healthy congregation should probably be giving birth to other congregations. Any congregation that we plant that does not produce leadership to “give birth” – become the leaders of a new congregation – is unhealthy and probably needs to have its members distributed among a few other healthy congregations. Every congregation that has access to […]

Positivity in Your Answers

The more you say, “Yes,” the more adventures you have. Saying, “Yes, and…” is usually much more powerful and creative than saying, “Yes, but…” The more you say, “No,” the more you are at home alone. There are, of course, times when you should be home alone. They should be strategic though, not lazy or […]

Problem Finding

The more creatively you think and act, the more likely you don’t see problems as problems. In fact, if you simply respond to problems by fixing them, it points to your skills set as being more like a maintenance person than a builder. That is not a failure – we need both, but identifying your […]

Unpaid Debts

When I owe taxes, Paul believes that I should pay them. If it is proper to respect someone, he counts that also in unpaid debt terms. He implies that I should pay off all my debts but one – I always owe you love (Romans 13:8.) What is different in cultural terms today that should […]

Better Than Nike

Hupernikao (“hoop-er-nik-ah’-o”) is a Greek word. A transliteration of it might pass as “hyper-victor.” Nike, the shoe manufacturer, likes their name because it means something like “overpower,” or “win a victory over,” or “conquer.” “Hyper” can mean “above,” or “greater than” something else. “Nikodemos” means something like “victorious among his people.” In Romans 8:37, hupernikao […]

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