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Although disheartening, society’s trend away from God’s Word and absolute truth is not surprising. The apostle Paul warned of this many years ago: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine (God’s Word), but according to their own desires … they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)… Continue reading
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
As a child, I was captured by the stories that my grandfather told about life on the farm in Oklahoma in the early 1900s. The images I’ve held are not those of pleasant surroundings and ideal conditions; they are impressions of twelve-hour days spent working the land, dust storms that could devastate a crop, blistered and sunburned skin, and poverty unlike most Americans know today. Life, in general, was harder then, but interestingly enough, character seemed much stronger—it was a time when commitment, integrity, and honesty stood in place of contracts, disclosures, and bylaws. A handshake and a man’s word were generally good enough. I’m not suggesting that we return to that time in history, but that we learn from the past and strongly encourage those same character traits today… Continue reading
The final article in a series on Real Marriage—the truth about life together.
As stated last week: If God is ministering restoration in your spirit, wait for it; contend for it; pray fervently for it. “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)… Continue reading
AUTHOR’S NOTE: When the word “church” is used, I’m referring to the church as a whole rather than “all” churches. There are many good churches doing great things. I applaud them for their faithfulness.
The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of reverent fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition. This lack diminishes the need to obey God. Christ speaks to the early church and to future believers of the consequences of lukewarm living in the book of Revelation, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (3:15-17). A healthy respect for God (fear) is what our culture, and the church, desperately need: “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him…” (Psalm 147:11). Continue reading
Part III in a series on judging rightly
Last week I ended with this statement: We must avoid being a “divisive man” who is proud, un-teachable, and eager to dispute. Some have asked for clarification on this point. Alexander Strauch’s book, If You Bite & Devour One Another, is one of the best I’ve read. Here is a lengthy, but powerful excerpt:
“During the past four decades, I have talked to many people who have left abusive churches that were led by harsh, extremist leaders. These believers are often confused as they sort through their experience in search of true faith. As we talk, I often ask what was so appealing about being a member of such an extreme sect and why they remained so long under the influence of an abusive leader. They invariably identify the heart of the problem as pride: pride in their superior understanding of doctrine, pride in their achievement of a higher spirituality, pride in being one of the few who were more enlightened. They say that before they left these churches, they would have preferred to die than to admit that they were wrong. Pride had blinded them to the truth that their church was missing many of the fruits of the Spirit such as genuine love for all believers and true humility of mind… Continue reading