Peak of the Week (Page 19)

30 prompts for reflection on your integrity

The word integrity is related to the roots of words like “integrate” & “entire,” & its Latin root means “wholeness.” Integrity thus implies the state of being complete, undivided, intact, & unbroken. Such a state contrasts with one that is scattered, fragmented, & incomplete. When you profess to one principle, but act in a way contrary to it; when you say you’ll do something, but fail to fulfill that promise; when you disregard a business’s or your employer’s rules, even…

Let’s talk about being justified by faith

The concept of “justification by faith” is one of the most important doctrines in Scripture. Unfortunately, some misunderstand it, some scoffingly dismiss it, and some ignore it completely. But let me tell you something and I don’t think I’m overstating the case here, you cannot be a Christian unless you understand and embrace the doctrine of justification by faith. So, let’s talk about what it means to be justified by faith. Justifying Ourselves To justify something means to make it…

6 popular false beliefs about Christianity

One of the most popular names that we think of regarding Protestantism and Christianity in the 16th century is Martin Luther. One thing for which Luther was known is the concept of “adiaphora,” from the Greek meaning “things indifferent.” It is the concept that there are things in the Bible and in Christianity that do not matter. Is this an accurate concept? Are there things in the Bible that don’t matter? Is anything really “adiaphora”? Sure, some things are, like…

You won’t go to Heaven just by being a member of the right church

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS The church as set forth in the New Testament was the fulfillment & fruition of God’s eternal purpose to redeem mankind Ephesians 3:8-12. It was brought into existence by Christ, being purchased with His blood Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28. All who have been cleansed of & saved from their sins by the blood of Christ are members of the church, having been added to it when they were saved Acts 2:47. To speak of being a…

Losing faith: 4 things to do when doubts arise

I would be surprised if there was anyone who had thought seriously about the claims of the gospel and not had some doubts. If we are honest about what the Bible asks us to accept, there will be times when we say, “Could all this really be true?” I’ve experienced times like that and I’ve known plenty of mature Christians – leaders in the church – who’ve gone through seasons of doubt and come out stronger on the other side.…

Singing…

I suppose every Christian has memorized: Ephesians 5:19, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. We all know we are to sing as a past of the worship service, and to…

25 things Christians need to pray about more

In the hurry of our day to day lives we often stop to say a prayer at one of three times: When we wake up, right before our busyness begins, Before we fall asleep, capping off our busy day or Before we hastily throw food into our mouths It’s not wrong to pray at these times, but sometimes this repetitive schedule or prayer leads to repetitive prayers (Matthew 6:7), and before we know it we’re praying the same ole things…

When are we obligated to help the poor?

The Bible has much to say concerning helping the poor. Proverbs 28:27 says the person who hides his eyes to poverty, “will get many a curse.” But we are quick to argue, “Yeah, but doesn’t the Bible also say, ‘If a man won’t work, neither should he eat.” So how much should Christians give to the poor? When should we give to the poor? What is our responsibility? This issue may be more important than you think. The Parable Of The Rich Fool Jesus told a parable, “The land…

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,…