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.
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.
Waging War As Men, For Men
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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.
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.
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.
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?
There’s a vacancy in the army of God: He’s missing some resolute defenders of the gospel! Not just any fearless believer is helpful though. In an increasingly intelligent and hostile world, we need to know our stuff as well.
There are a lot of hymns that are cherished in the Christian faith. But, perhaps, the best suited anthem for Christians isn’t a hymn but a rock ballad courtesy of Journey. We too easily tend to forget how and where we started in our walk with God.
We never want to revel in someone else’s failure, but we do want to learn from it. We can learn a lot from the realm of sports and one of the strongest lessons: remember, pride comes before the fall… and like this video shows, sometimes, quite literally. Much work ahead, and not for our glory!
One of our avid readers in the community, Gerald White, shares his top 10 favorite books from last year and why they top his list. Now we want to hear yours as well! Share some recommended reading with the community!
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