Most of us become believers knowing that it means being a disciple of Christ. Most of us know being a disciple of Christ is costly. We “count the costs” and live strong, but do we lose track of what our reward truly is?
How does Jesus deserve, and demand, to be responded to? The famous triad of Liar, Lunatic, or Lord attributed to C.S. Lewis is arguably the overarching question of Mark’s Gospel.
Living under leaders who do not honor God is a difficult reality, but it’s a reality given to us with specific instruction from God’s Word to trust God’s sovereign wisdom. This calling is currently becoming more difficult than we’ve ever known, yet more crucial than ever.
A quote graphic of Jack Miller’s quote on the importance of keeping church from becoming a comfortable club and instead moving people with the comfort disrupting, compelling message of the grace of Jesus Christ.
Is there really a shortcut in the Christian life? We can truly desire holiness, righteousness, and godliness (and those are good things), but if we try to skip the years of practice and instruction that it can take to get there, and if we try to appear more mature than we are, we are hypocrites.
While a ninety-six percent on a college English paper is a satisfying result, that grade is still a convicting failure in the eyes of the law. Fortunately for us, Jesus fulfilled the letter of the law to every iota and still bore the torment intended for us in order to purchase our redemption.
When it comes to sharing our faith, some of us should reconsider our approach a bit. The older I get the more I can look back on times which are quite embarrassing despite how noble my intentions were, and yet, I realize how much of it I caused myself in pride and foolishness.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a triage is defined as “the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses in order to decide the order or suitability of treatment.” If the symptom is cynicism, then 1 Corinthians 13:13 remains the eternal prescription, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.”
Daddy Deprivation. That’s the term Blake Wilson (Senior Pastor of Crossover Community Church in Houston, Texas) calls the trend he’s witnessing today among young people in the church. It’s a phenomenon that Pastor Eric Mason calls an “epidemic of fatherlessness.”
Struggling with sin can be so discouraging it can lead us to question if we’re members of God’s Kingdom at all! This is why it’s important to have a right understanding of how we’re in God’s family, what keeps us here, and what we’re to do with the sin in us until Christ returns.
Our responses to difficult people, and life in general, reveal how well we commune with the Holy Spirit and have our security in Jesus Christ. Our responses may also be the best witness of Jesus that we have with the difficult person. So, we must do this rightly.
Whenever someone asks, “How are you doing?” the normal response nowadays is, “Busy…super busy.” And that busyness has become a staple and substitute in modern society for importance. The busier you the more important you must be.
Does your joy in Christ’s resurrection fade after Easter Sunday passes and when life’s struggles confront you? The joy over the empty tomb, and God’s power to make it so, is available 365 days a year! This is where our focus should be when we face trials and pain.
God wants the best for us. It’s just that we are hardwired because of sin to want our own timetable and selfish desires. If we could know what He knows, we would definitely choose to accept what he offers. But, we don’t.
If you’ve been a Christian long then you’ve been in the situation in which you know you need to question a brother in Christ, or else you’ve been the brother needing some correction. We’re discussing the truth we must hold fast to in regards to this tough situation.
This quote / excerpt is from Sinclair Ferguson’s book, “The Whole Christ” which looks at “The Marrow Controversy” from back in the day. This excerpt speaks to the sneaky way conditionalism can sneak into our thoughts on grace and salvation through Jesus and distorts our view of God’s character.