Posts from September 2020

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Dependency

Train Yourself The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” 2 Timothy 4:17 We now come to a great paradox in understanding the will of God. We are to train ourselves but not focus on ourselves. We are to train to be strong but rely on God to strengthen us. We are to train ourselves to be courageous and take a stand but do so in total surrender and humility to God’s will. This training of self is…

3 choices Christians need to make

I have often said to my eldest son as we discussed serious issues that life is a series of choices. Where you will live? Who will be your friends, marry? How you will react to what happens to you? What you will do with your time, talent and energy? When you look back at your life you can usually see the line it took by plotting out the choices you made along the way. Christian life is like this as…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Moses

Mike begins to develop the Hebrew writer’s next argument for Christianity’s superiority over Judaism – Jesus’ greater authority than Moses. This epistle was written to certain Christian Jews who, because of persecution, were considering a return to their former religion. The author encourages them to be faithful by arguing that Christianity is superior to Judaism and is, in fact, the fulfillment of the Jewish religion. In successive chapters, the author demonstrates how Christ is superior to the Jewish prophets as…

Top ten things that kill church growth

In this lesson we examine 10 things that hinder church growth. The church at Corinth had a lot of things going for it that promoted growth: Good location in a key city No other congregation there Established by an Apostle (credibility, sound teaching) Many talented people who possessed “spiritual gifts” Even though it had these advantages, I don’t think it was a growing church because it didn’t seem to be practicing the things that make for church growth. Not only…

Christian Worship in 150 AD

Justin Martyr was a Samarian Christian who lived in the second century. He was a Platonist philosopher who was converted to Christianity and became a strong defender of the faith. In one of his works, “Apology of the Christian Religion”, written in around 150AD, he describes a typical Christian worship service of that day. “On that day which is called after the sun, all who live in the cities or in the country gather together in one place. Then the…

Peak of the Week: Train Yourself – Godly Demeanor

Train Yourself “Set an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity” 1 Timothy 4:12 Read the context of 1 Timothy 4:6-16 to get the full picture. At its simplest, godliness is taking on God’s character. It is imitating God. This has been the essence of godly living from the earliest times. The Old Testament law was premised on this injunction: “Be holy for I am holy.” In the New Testament it is the same. In Ephesians 4:24 Paul tells…

The Modern Church

It seems that there are three elements that help identify the “modern” church. One is a focus on music in worship. Orchestras, choirs, even drama with music are a must if a church is to appeal to today’s church goer. Another is the preoccupation with the miraculous. People want to go to a place where God reveals Himself to the congregation through healings, tongues, and a sure vision and knowledge of when the end times are coming. Of course the…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Angels, Part 2

After demonstrating from Scripture that Jesus is greater than the angels, the author focuses on what Jesus accomplished when, for a while, He took a position lower than angels. The book of Hebrews was written to first century Christian Jews who were contemplating returning to Judaism because of the persecution they were facing. The author encourages them to be faithful by demonstrating that Jesus Christ was superior to every element of their former Jewish religion. He begins by showing how…

Surviving the Opposition’s Candidate

According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the American people that each side views the other as the agent of the apocalypse should the other’s candidate ascend to the top position in the land… According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the…

The Good Idea of America

​In July of 1776 the American Congress approved the Declaration of the Independence of the 13 United States of America. One of the key figures behind the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, whose writing in “Defense of Liberty and Rights of Man” was the intellectual force behind the Revolution. In July of 1776 the American Congress approved the Declaration of the Independence of the 13 United States of America. One of the key figures behind the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, whose…