Recent news reports suggest some law enforcement officials are acting with racial prejudice. Here’s my take.
To begin with, there is this notion afoot that people in government are inherently worthy of wielding the sword of the state because somehow they are immune from the sin nature the rest of us possess. But the reality is that people in government are sinners like the rest of us. Are ordinary people subject to greed, deceptiveness, lust, and prejudice? Well, surprise: so are people in government!
That’s why our framers established a system of checks and balances and separation of ...
How much do you really want the presence of God? There is a simple way to measure your true desire.
There is a difference between God’s omnipresence (everywhere all the time, Psalm 139:7-12), His cultivated presence (“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” James 4:8), and His manifest presence (the undeniable, visible, clearly seen presence of God).
The great works of revival and spiritual awakening that history records are the latter. “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,” Isaiah said as he proclaimed what all of us desire (Isaiah 64 ...
It is likely that all of us pray for God’s blessing. It’s an oft-used phrase that expresses our desire for God to take things to a dimension we cannot realize on our own.
What is the blessing of God? It can be described as God descending on something normal and making it above normal; making the natural supernatural, or the human divine. For instance, when a boy gave five loaves and two fish, God blessed it, and suddenly it fed well over 5,000 people.
Think of the areas we pray for this blessing: “Lord, bless our work ...
Jesus spoke harsh condemnations on the Pharisees of His day. In fact, He called them serpents and a brood of vipers that would not escape the sentence of hell (Matthew 23:33).
Obviously these men were not believers. In that regard, thank God I will never be a true Pharisee, because God’s grace has saved me.
But I am easily capable of being like a Pharisee in my actions. I can pick up pharisaical ways in a heartbeat.
To study Jesus’ indictment of these men is helpful so that we can face and put to death any part of ...
Every good pastor wants to see the church he has been entrusted with grow with a “growth that is from God” (Colossians 2:19). We study the Scriptures, talk to friends, read books, go to seminars to find help.
We’ve become big on names that help us understand, in a few words, what a church is about. Good men have coined these ideas in key phrases such as “purpose-driven church,” “simple church,” “disciple-making church,” “exponential church,” etc. We learn from all of these models.
I wonder how Moses would have described the church he was shepherding as they headed ...