When promise turns to poison

When promise turns to poison

When we are full of promise, yet we look to others for our promotion, we can become toxic. The promises we believe in are from God, not others. Having great promises in your life is wonderful but when we are not dependent upon God for the timing and release of those promises, and if we have nowhere to serve that promise and we start to become resentful toward others for not recognizing it too, our promise can start to become…

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Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

Following your call instead of the Spirit can have deadly consequences

There is no formula for following God and ultimately, every Christian should not follow the written word over the Spirit because the Spirit is dynamic and for every situation, where as the word cannot be. For instance, the apostles were called by God to go into all nations and preach the gospel (the call). But if they locked into the call instead of the spirit, they could’ve been killed. In Acts 16:6 you can see the spirit of Jesus told…

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The best response to liberal progressive Christianity

The best response to liberal progressive Christianity

Recently on Facebook I had an exchange with a friend who was musing about how each side of the political debate attempts to co-opt God to support their political arguments. I typically shy away from such tactics because it tends to shut down discourse but this friend is a liberal Christian and I find that he spreads a lot of misinformation using scripture against the traditional side of the faith, so I felt compelled to respond. My friend was writing…

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Our view of God Matters

Our view of God Matters

I was on Twitter today and came across a post that stopped me in my tracks. It reflected on how negative we can define God to be, especially if we do not see him as personally loving us. Our view of God is immensely important. Just as a positive view can shape our views to see what is good in people, a negative view of God can become toxic and make us see what is negative about others. It is not good news and that right…

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Response to Matt Walsh: Calling our excuses for skipping church “lame”

Response to Matt Walsh: Calling our excuses for skipping church “lame”

Walsh fires away at all the traditional and even non-traditional excuses given by church-goers for not going to church and he unwittingly falls into all the same religious trappings that so many people before him have fallen into by trying to force people back into church for the wrong reasons.

The sonship of God

The sonship of God

What would you say describes you best: Are you a son of God or a slave for God? Is it better to love God or just obey him? I am not saying we should not obey God because it is better to obey than to sacrifice. 1 Sam 15:22.  But Rahab was a prostitute and scripture says at the time, she was made righteous only because she believed God and she did what was asked of her in order of…

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The difference between Peace and Relief

The difference between Peace and Relief

Do you have peace or relief? RELIEF: Is a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following RELEASE from anxiety or distress. It is temporary and based on circumstances. PEACE: Is a Spirit that comes from God and is FREEDOM from disturbance. Peace is unfazed by negative circumstances. It brings quiet and tranquility in the midst of chaos and also does not invalidate the word of God. If our lives are chaotic and our own actions calm the rage, that’s relief. If…

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Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

Some Pastors make local church the line between you and God

The first major conflict I encountered in my ministry came after about three years, when I preached an extended sermon series on the Christian family. Part way through the series, all of the older people in the church stopped coming on the same Sunday. Since we were a church of only about 100, it was quite obvious that they were gone! I learned that they were disgruntled because my series did not relate to their needs. Here were people who…

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