Fasting, Calling, and Managing the Naaman Complex

Fasting? Fasting? Why? Do I desire a close personal connection with God? Do I desire a relationship with my Lord like no other I experience? A fasting day dedicated to seeking a close connection with God and a greater understanding of my need for Him provides a perfect time to reflect upon my calling and the condition of our relationship. …

Fear of Death

Fear of death drove most cultural thought, behavior, life, and religion before the crucifixion of Christ. Jesus conquered death on the cross. As a result, as Christianity expanded, the Gospel message of freedom from the fear of death enthusiastically liberated every culture it touched. What happened? It took a little over a hundred years for the responses of many of …

Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily

Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily, Bible Verses Fear interweaves and creates the original infection of most negative emotions and reactions. For assurance, defeating fear daily, I read over these passages three or four times each, out loud at least once, when I feel down. Before beginning, I pray, “Lord, I am discouraged and down. Lift me up in your time. Help …

The Unforgivable Sin? What is It?

        The Unforgivable Sin The unforgivable sin? We come across the concept of the unforgivable sin in Mark 3. Mark 3:29-30 ESV – 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”– 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” We also encounter the unforgivable sin …

Am I Earnest?

Am I Earnest? ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.’ Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) He rewards those who earnestly seek him? The root origin of earnest implies a pledge and serious intent. This earnestness means I must oppose a …

Jesus What Do I Do? – Correct Question

Jesus What Do I Do? Jesus what do I do is the correct question not what would Jesus do? I’ve never been fond of religious jewelry and trinkets, except for an occasional classic cross. When WWJD became popular, I conceived some value in the phrase as a reminder of what we are to be about, but I didn’t run out …

All Have Sinned and Fall Short

All Have Sinned and Fall Short, an Unpopular Message I don’t like to hear ‘all have sinned and fall short.’ I prefer clear cut good guys and bad guys. Since Das Boot and Cross of Iron hit the cinemas in the 80s, the movie industry occasionally makes an effort to give the German perspective of World War II. Recently Valkyrie …