Don’t Waste Your Life: Oh, that young and old would turn off the television, take a long walk, and dream about feats of courage for a cause ten thousand times more important than American democracy - as precious as that is...
Do You Believe in Anything Worth Contending For: If you avoid trying to expose false belief systems for what they are, it's called "tolerance" and "respect". Taking the path of least resistance has never been so popular because all most people seem to want to do is live a trivial life with a trivial world view, avoid difficulties and unceasingly entertain themselves.
What if Life is not Fair? Unfortunately Christians struggle with the misconception that life is supposed to be ‘happy all the time’
The Church... Then and Now The church has drifted so far from the original blueprint, that there is little resemblance between what takes place now, and what took place when James headed up the church in Jerusalem. In fact after studying the New Testament, one can only come to the conclusion that much of the modern church has little or no idea why it exists at all, or what it is meant to do. Much less how the meetings are supposed to be structured and who they are supposed to be led by.
Why The Fire Hasn’t Fallen: We are apparently blind to the fact that because we are comfortable, complacent and lack passion (Jesus called it lukewarm) God has withdrawn His presence from us. We want to pack our pews, double our offerings, hear sermons on encouragement, love, leadership, and being the best you can be. We have fund-raisers to build bigger buildings and more 'youth centers', but through it all we never seem to realize that the glory and power of the Lord are conspicuous by their absence. Too many churches have substituted an endless cycle of activity for the Holy Spirit that very effectively covers up the fact that they are spiritually dead as dodos - social clubs with God sprinkled in to legitimize the word 'church'. So what would it take to pray down revival?
The Knowledge, Fear and Worship of God
The Christian and God:
Knowing God. Is it possible to experience God, without all that theological gobbledy-gook? And why do some Christians seem to experience a much closer intimacy or reverent familiarity with God that is foreign to many of us.
Fearing God? Because many teachings and doctrines within our churches today portray God only as all loving, many assume there is no reason to fear Him. They would do well to study Scripture more carefully.
Worshiping God.. it is well to be aware that it is entirely possible that you return from church on Sunday morning happy at how much you sang His praises and how good the 'worship' was, blissfully unaware that the Lord turned His face away from you and did not accept your worship.
Taking God’s Name In Vain.. When God commanded that His name not be used in vain, are we to understand this to mean YHWH, one of the names of God, or are we to take this to mean any form of God's titles too?
The Bible (Section)
Reading And Understanding Your Bible includes 10 steps To Bible Literacy, What Are We Looking For In The Bible? 12 Golden Rules, Never Read A Bible verse, The Use of Commentaries, Sermons on The Bible, Why People Find the Bible Difficult and More.
The Lord’s Supper, Baptism, Prayer and The Great Commission
The Lord’s Supper ... sometimes called communion, the Table of the Lord, the agape or the Eucharist, is limited in most churches to a sip of wine and a piece of bread. Why then is it called a "supper" in the NT
Baptism One would imagine that the simple act of dipping another human being into water would escape the controversies of weightier, or more complicated topics in Scripture. But no! Baptism is one of the most controversial subjects in all of Christendom.
Prayer Unanswered Prayer, Ritual Prayer, Persistent Prayer, Praying in The Spirit, Jesus’ Blueprint for Prayer.
The Great Commission The greatest obstacle to the Gospel is silence. By remaining silent and hoping that our Christian life will testify for itself we fail to keep the Lord’s commandment.... “go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” But why is it so hard to say those first few words about the most important Person in my life? Why do I hesitate to pass along the best news I have ever heard?
The Christian Woman Women in The Church Several articles on the role of women in the church... Including Women in the Bible, should women teach in church, women’s lib, head covering and modesty. The 10 Lies of Feminism At its inception, the feminist movement, accompanied by the sexual revolution, made a series of enticing, exciting promises to women... supposed to enhance a woman's quality of life and improve her options, as well as her relations with men. Now, a decade or so later, women have had to face the fact that, in many ways, feminism and liberation made promises that could not be delivered. A Woman of Strength Christian women living in a society that offers distorted or inadequate models for women, need an ideal that applies to the circumstances we live in, yet remains fully expressive of God's purpose for women. How Should Christian Women Dress? Too many times, when you see a group of girls standing around, there is very little difference in dress between those who profess to know Christ and those who don’t. Modesty Matters!
Christian Spiritual Practices
Fasting has been out of vogue for at least 150 years. In the twentieth century church, the idea seems alien to us. God's Word assumes that fasting will be a regular part of a Christian's life. Yet for most of us, it's not. If we were to make a study of fasting in the Bible most of us would find ourselves very challenged about this neglected area of Christian discipline.
What Patterns of Prayer and Worship Can Do What is the fruit of observing patterns of prayer and celebration? Does it lead to a stifling institutionalism or a deeper knowledge of God in Christ? How can observing times and seasons support the life of the Christian family and the life of the Christian community.