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What to do while you wait for Jesus

“I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.” – Isaiah 45:23 (NASB) In this passage God is speaking through Isaiah and He mocks the utter uselessness of idols while declaring His glory and His power. He also warns His people of that day, the Jews, that this ignorance and this idolatry will one day come to an…

Carrying the Cross of Jesus Christ

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:27 The cross has always been a powerful reminder of the suffering of Christ and a symbol of true discipleship for those who would follow Jesus. It is also a reference point for the things that Christians must suffer in order to continue faithfully serving the Lord. But “carrying our cross” refers not only to the trials and hardships we experience as believers,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How Important is 1 Vote?

Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. It seems that corporations and governments are getting bigger and more powerful and we, the solitary citizens are becoming weaker…

Satan Unmasked

I want to share with you the first thoughts I had after seeing the 9/11 tragedy in real time on television on that terrible day. Each anniversary of that event brings them back to my mind: I dream about the plane circling against the blue September sky slamming into the tower sending a torrent of flame on the unsuspecting. ~ I am angry that such horror exists and that the media torments the nation with its mindless repetition of the…