Peak of the Week (Page 20)

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…