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.”
We are warriors for a “heavenly kingdom” that’s at war with actual enemies in a fallen, worldly kingdom. We’re not playing defense, we’re on the offense, “tearing down strongholds” and “taking captive our thoughts”. (2 Cor 10:3-5) We lay down our lives for our enemies’ salvation, but we also must protect the flock from wolves who seek to devour us as well. Being a well qualified “warrior” for this kingdom takes great wisdom, training, and Godly character. We’ll discuss it all here in this category – everything from how we battle selfish desires, like porn, that would destroy us, to false profits preaching bad doctrines. For a complete description of our categories, check out the Categories page.
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.
This is an amazing excerpt from the eloquent Leonard Ravenhill and his book, “Why Revival Tarries”, on the do-or-die importance of your prayer life as a Christian. Read this every day, if needed, to be reminded of your need to pray, every day!
You’ve no doubt heard the Lord’s Prayer. You’ve probably even prayed the Lord’s Prayer many times. But have you ever really looked at how Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer and considered why and what it means for your prayers?
If you’re a believer in Christ, that is only the beginning of your life. God calls us to so much more and to tell people about our hope in so much more! Evangelizing and making disciples is a command from God that is a standing order.
What you were told the worst pregame speech ever delivered was spoken by The Deliverer, Himself? As God tends to do though, what may look like the worst to us, may be found to the best assurance of hope we have in life.
An excellent quote from John Stott on the inseparable importance of truth and love in Christian relationships and community.
As we grow more capable of the fruit of the Spirit manifesting itself through us in self-control, we are able to look past our own selfishness and benefit not only others, but ourselves too! Nolan looks at how this is possible from the truths of scripture.
If we are to be men of God, cable of being used by God in meaningful ways, we must learn to be humble or we will learn to be humbled. God is clear about this. We see a challenging example of this in the leadership and development of Peter as Jesus discipled him.
Maybe it’s ambition, a desire to be kind, or a desire to please, but whatever it is for you, one of the hardest things we must learn as maturing Christian men is to say, “No” to some things. Payte gives a personal and practical example to help explain why and how this benefits us.
We all love superheroes. In fact, if some of us are willing to admit it, we’ve probably wanted to be one. But, there is no room for Superman in the Church — God has not designed it that way.
As men we often feel compelled to be “better” or “stronger” or whatever it is that would make us seem “greater” in our minds or the minds of others. But, what is this feeling and what does it mean? Is there a way to actually achieve it? Should we be trying to?