You can’t be NEUTRAL on this!

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bumper sticker or Christian T-shirt that read, “Jesus came to send fire on the earth” or “Jesus came to bring division”. No. We like unity. We like peace. Those T-shirts sell. Those messages grow crowds. So what do we do when we bump into Luke 12:49-53?Continue reading “You can’t be NEUTRAL on this!”

You can’t be NEUTRAL in your faith.

You can’t be neutral in your faith. If it impacts you, you should want it to impact those you care about. John Piper went so far as to say, “If you don’t want people to believe what you believe about God, your views of Him are not functionally significant for you.” The fact is, ifContinue reading “You can’t be NEUTRAL in your faith.”

Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith

Many of us have seen our own sin, we’ve been sick of it, repented, and marveled at a Savior who knew every ugly, horrible, secret thing we have ever done and still loved us enough to die for us. What great love that took! Many of us get this about the time we have kidsContinue reading “Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith”

Say something about sin…before it’s too late.

I’m thinking of picking up this hammer and hitting my thumb. How many of you would just stand there, and watch, and say nothing? Yet, this is what so many of us do when we see others walking in and toward misery-making sin! We say nothing. We even tell others to not bring it up.Continue reading “Say something about sin…before it’s too late.”

We have to understand our battle is not against flesh and blood.

Paul knew he could confidently send Timothy because Timothy had that rare trait of not just focusing on his own needs but looking to the interests of others and the things which are of Christ. (Phil 2:21-22) But this rare trait, Timothy possessed, is a trait we should all strive to have. Timothy saw theContinue reading “We have to understand our battle is not against flesh and blood.”

You know Jesus is offensive, right?

Jesus. The real Jesus, as defined in the Bible, is offensive to a lost world. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toContinue reading “You know Jesus is offensive, right?”

Love, but love with eternal purpose

We are to love others, but we aren’t called to willy-nilly love everything about everyone and everything they do. We aren’t called to love the SIN of others, nor simply ignore it and act like it never exists. As I turn again to Philippians, Paul prayed for those reading his words (that’s us), for ourContinue reading “Love, but love with eternal purpose”

Where are you men of courage?

Where are you men of courage? Can you not see the evil among us? Do you not see our citizens are being conditioned to no longer think for themselves? Do you not recognize the tremendous danger in this? Richard Wurmbrand describes such in his book “Tortured for Christ”— “Tears ran down my cheeks. I feltContinue reading “Where are you men of courage?”

Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ If we want to grow in spiritual maturity we are supposed to constantly practice discerning good from evil. Wouldn’t that require us to call some things “good” and someContinue reading “Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.”

These words should never be spoken by a Christian!

“I’m so happy you found your truth”. These words should never be spoken from the mouth of a Christian. There is no “your truth” and “my truth”. Truth is not relative. God forbid that we tell anyone, anywhere, about any subject, that they can find their own personal truth. But that’s just what I’m seeing,Continue reading “These words should never be spoken by a Christian!”

Do we love each other enough to speak truth anymore?

Does anyone love anyone enough to tell them the truth anymore? The Apostle John did. He opens his letter with words we all like, talking about “full joy” but then, he says, “This is the message we have heard from him” (The God Man) “and declare to you, that God is light and in HimContinue reading “Do we love each other enough to speak truth anymore?”

Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….

It has happened again. God seems to be repeating Himself with me a lot lately. I’m not the sharpest nail in the box, but when He says things twice, I tend to pay attention! My daughter, Abi, was recounting a dream she had about John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. She talked aboutContinue reading “Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….”

Where are the faithful?

I wonder, have we forgotten the importance, the incredible value of FAITHFULNESS , in those we look to as our teachers? Paul encouraged Timothy to commit the things he had heard from him to FAITHFUL men who would be able to teach others. (2 Tim 2:2) Are we more drawn to big personalities, who canContinue reading “Where are the faithful?”

Is their eye off the prize?

I breezed right past the verse and started reading ahead. But then. I just felt the urge to back up, to slow down, to linger longer. I think the Lord wanted me to pay attention. And the truth is, these words are both terrifying and relevant—“some will depart the faith and give heed to deceivingContinue reading “Is their eye off the prize?”

I couldn’t shake this.

I had planned on only doing Christmas posts. I’ll probably get back to that. But for days, I have kept stumbling across Jeremiah 23, like over and over. I’d flip open to it “accidentally “. My online Bible version just “happened” to be pulled up there. Finally, I took notice and sat down to readContinue reading “I couldn’t shake this.”

I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.”

Let’s don’t “love” others all the way to Hell.

Right off the bat, Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ is our HOPE! (1 Tim 1:1) And He is, you know. And the more we know Him through His Word, the more we will experience hope in our hardest of our moments. So let’s don’t approach 1st Timothy, toContinue reading “Let’s don’t “love” others all the way to Hell.”

Another Letter

After his first letter to the young church at Thessalonica, Paul realized he needed to clarify some false ideas about the Second Coming. He picks up his pen and begins by reaffirming his deep love for the believers there. He recognizes their love for each other, their strong faith despite persecution, and encourages them thatContinue reading “Another Letter”