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What to Expect When Jesus Returns

If we are going to restore New Testament Christianity, then I believe we need to restore a biblical emphasis on the Return of our King. As Christians, the Return of Jesus is our hope. It is what we should be longing for (2 Timothy 4:8). But many of us don’t long for His appearing, because we don’t understand the pivotal role the Return plays in the Christian story. Here are a few things we can expect when Jesus comes back. Resurrection of the Dead Most…

Why my main goal in life is not to go to Heaven…

The more I think about that phrase, & especially the context in which it is usually stated, the more I think it often reveals a misunderstanding deep in our hearts. Here are a few thoughts on having heaven as our main goal in life. Making it to Heaven What exactly do we mean when we talk about our goal of making it to heaven? When we have a goal, we must have some way we hope to achieve that goal,…

Why I cringe when you say, “God is good.”

I often see Christians post on social media, “God is good” and, to be honest, it often makes me cringe. I don’t cringe because I disagree with the statement. Obviously, God is good! And I don’t cringe because someone is giving glory to God. I’m so glad they are giving glory to God. Here is why I cringe… GOD IS GOOD I cringe because it seems to only be said when something pleasant happens. We’ve probably all said things like:…

The Paramount Importance Of Obedience

The central theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of the system of obedient faith in Christ over the Law of Moses. The basic problem with the Law of Moses is that it was perverted by Israel and the Jews into becoming strictly a system of sacrifice for sin. Such was not what God wanted. In Exodus 24:7 after Israel had received the law of God it pledged its obedience. It did not keep that promise. Sacrifice became…

3 ways to make your prayer life more biblical

Praying is really nothing more than talking to God. Sometimes a prayer, in a moment of desperation, might be as simple as, “Oh God, help me!” Unfortunately, some Christians are so afraid of praying incorrectly, they don’t pray at all; a child need not feel that way with his father. But on the other hand, many of us have fallen into a routine. We say basically the same things when we pray and we haven’t stopped to examine our prayers in light…

7 Tips to Help Recognize When You’re Wrong

Three times this week I’ve had the same conversation with various Christians. The conversation has revolved around the fact that we all know sincere people who are admittedly smarter & more educated than us, but seem to be overlooking a very obvious truth that we see & they don’t. For instance, I listen to many denominational preachers who are brilliant, but when they talk about subjects like baptism, I think, “As smart as you are, how could you possibly miss that?”…

“We all sin, so don’t judge me”- a really bad excuse for sin!

Mankind is certainly creative at coming up with ways to minimize, justify, and excuse sin. Adam even tried to blame his sin on God, saying, “The woman whom YOU gave to be with me…” (Genesis 3:12). That’s a pretty bad excuse, but it’s probably not any worse than the excuse we hear so often today, “We all sin, so don’t judge me!” Here are a few reasons that is a really bad excuse for sin. “We All Sin, So Don’t…

Restoring the Church of the New Testament

You may have heard the phrase, “Restoration Movement” or you may have heard people say we need to “restore New Testament Christianity” or “restore the New Testament church.” You may or may not know what people mean by these phrases; and you may or may not see a need for “restoration.” I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I want to lay out what I mean when I speak of “restoring the New Testament church.” Before I talk about…

5 steps for handling conflict with other Christians

Going forward, this cannot be about vengeance or retaliation, which have no place in the church. Depending on the severity of the conflict, this might be incredibly difficult. The only way to accomplish this is through embracing the truth of what Jesus did for us, “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10). We were shown kindness, compassion, and mercy when all we deserved was God’s wrath. That fact – and that fact…

Tricking people into rejecting biblical authority

by Ben on April 18, 2017 in Articles, Contemporary Issues The road to hell isn’t obscure or hard to find. It is a super-highway, lined with familiar faces and paved with sincerity and good intentions. Many of its travelers are self-proclaimed followers of Jesus who are oblivious to their final destination (Matt. 7:21-23). They were simply pointed that way by other well-meaning ‘Christians.’ How did they wind up on this super-highway? For many, it wasn’t a quick, conscious decision. Yet…

How to stop missing the point when you study the Bible…

How is it that so many people can study the same Bible and all come to different conclusions? How can one person think the Bible “basically says this” and another person thinks it “basically says that”? I think many of us – including myself all too often – miss the point when we study the Bible. Here are three tips to help us stop missing the point when we study the Bible. Ask the Right Questions A lot of people miss…

The Yeast Makes a Difference in the Bread

The Yeast Makes A Difference In The Bread Doctrine isn’t that big of a deal…so says the school of thought from which some of our “tribe-less” brothers and sisters have graduated. The whole idea (or should I say bleached out doctrine?) isn’t new, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less wrong. When someone says that doctrine is an antiquated and useless topic, they just don’t know what they’re talking about. They might know what they’re saying, but they don’t know…

Non-Religion on the Rise in America via AP

Non-Religion on the Rise in America by Eric Lyons, M.Min.   Three extensive surveys over the past 20 years have revealed that a growing number of Americans are becoming less and less religious. In 1990, 8.2% of Americans claimed to be non-religious, most notably agnostics and atheists (Kosmin, 1991). In 2001, that number had jumped to 14.1% (Kosmin, et al., 2001), and by 2008 it had reached 15% (Kosmin and Keysar, 2009). Based upon a combined total of 217,742 residential…

Entitlement the Opposite of Thankfulness

Entitlement The Opposite Of Thankfulness “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” Colossians 4:2-6. I’ve spent a lot of time and expended a lot of energy to help people before with never an acknowledgment of what it had cost me to do so. And, it’s not that I need to be thanked; I didn’t help them for the gratitude I would receive. But rather, it is the attitude of the person I helped that bothered me. The person felt…

Is The Church a Secret Society

Is the Church a Secret Society? Just the other day I heard a phrase that got me to thinking, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Los Vegas is like many other big cities in the world, in that often people have a sense of anonymity in them. Yet it would seem from the slogan, Vegas wants to applaud that anonymity in such a way that we wouldn’t want anyone to know we were there, little lone what we may,…

A Real Benefit Package

A Real Benefit Package John Henson People will often change jobs for better benefits. Paid health insurance coverage is a major benefit people seek. A liberal retirement plan with earlier investment is also a premium job seekers consider. For a moment, let’s consider a different source of benefits from someone who loves you very dearly. It is your heavenly Father. Sometimes we don’t realize his benefits because we don’t think about them very much. How wrong we are! God’s benefits…

The Most Dangerous Sin

The Most Dangerous Sin By Gordon Hogan — A young mother left her baby in the shade of a big tree and went on her way working in the field nearby. Being busy, she forgot her child. When she finally returned, the summer sun had been shining for some time in the baby’s face and blinded it for life. The mother meant no harm, but she and her baby had to pay heavily for her neglect. The Bible repeatedly warns…

7 Suggestions to Make Sunday More “Worshipful” – J Randall Matheny

What Can You Do On Saturday To Make Sunday More Worshipful? Here Are 7 Suggestions  J Randall Matheny How to improve our worship How can we prepare ourselves for worship?  A headline for an article on a popular success and technology website offers, “What You Can Do on Sunday to Make Monday More Manageable.” It’s not strange that people obsessed with professional development and financial success constantly think about how to get ahead.  So why don’t Christians think more about…

You Heard About the Water, But How About the Honey – Eugene Adkins

  “…And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” (Psalm 81:16)  Dissatisfaction can cause a loss of more than our contentment – it can cause a loss of greater blessings that would have come our way had we not lost our patience (you know, that stuff that keeps us from giving up, otherwise known as endurance)…or our faithfulness to God’s ways as in the context of the quoted scripture so poignantly proclaims (you can also think of…

How To Determine Salvation Issues

I’ve heard people talk about, “salvation issues” my whole life. Statements like this are often heard, “Well, this isn’t a salvation issue, so we need to stop talking about it.” And others say, even about the same issue, “This is a salvation issue and anyone who does this is lost.” So how do we determine if something is or isn’t a salvation issue? A salvation issue is usually defined as something for which a person will go to hell if…