How should we pray? Well, in Matthew 6:5-15 God in human flesh (that is, God incarnate – Jesus Christ) teaches us. Many professing Christians recoil at the idea of being taught how to pray, as they feel any instruction will detract from their sincerity and freedom of expression. Others feel they should pray, but either never get around to it or quickly falter and go on to something else shortly after beginning. The simple fact is that since we were born with a sinful nature, our prayers (when we actually offer them) often don’t align with what God wants us to pray for, or how He wants us to do it. But since Jesus offers schooling in this spiritual exercise, there is hope! Listen to this short sermon as it walks through “The Lord’s Prayer” and examines how we are supposed to be praying, and what we are to be placing as our priorities in prayer. Click HERE now to listen or download.
April 18, 2013
Recently, Cosmologist and recognized genius Stephen Hawking laid out his latest science-based argument against the existence of God (click HERE to read). It included amazing science-based statements such as:
“…there is no beginning and no end and that galaxies continue to form from spontaneously created matter.”
“M-theory posits that multiple universes are created out of nothing…”
In the light of such amazing science, derived from observable reproductions and recurrences, it is obvious that there is indeed no God. We now know that the laws of thermodynamics, physics (and even logic) were suspended at the beginning of the known universe. Something did indeed come from nothing, life came from non-life and DNA simply morphed into being from common minerals. Only people of a weak nature need have faith in a divine being whose existence cannot be proven with science.
When reading this article, I wondered – How could someone with genius-level IQ could make such incredibly ridiculous claims? But Scripture tells us why. Because his claims are not centered around science or knowledge, but instead they are centered around rebellion. We find in Romans chapter 1 that God doesn’t believe in atheists (and so why do you believe they exist, dear Christian reader?)
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools…”
Mr. Hawking is smart indeed. Smart enough to know that if he admits there is a God, that serious implications will logically follow. Implications that [...]
April 12, 2013
It’s no secret that there are a whole lot of best-selling books out there written about the power of positive thinking. Today’s quiz is this about the teaching found in one of them: Who made this statement?
“Truly believing in the object of your desire and focusing onto it will lead to that object or goal being realized on the material plane”
1) Joyce Meyers
2) Kenneth Copeland
3) Joel Osteen
4) Steven Furtick
5) None of the above
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April 10, 2013
Below is a video that has been getting a lot of publicity lately. In it, MSNBC host and commentator Melissa Harris-Perry makes some claims that, despite the pretty backdrop and charming music, are chilling. She asserts that children do not belong to their parents, but rather are part of a “collective”, and the responsibility for their education falls on that collective. She states “We have to break through this idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” I have no plans to address what type of education and standards she wants to instill in “the children of the collective” other than to say she is on the extremely liberal side of an extremely liberal and immoral society. Her point here is that kids don’t belong to parents or families, and so shouldn’t be educated by them. And people are listening to her. Take a look at the video:
Right now, there are massive shifts in the government and society as a whole here in the United States. One of the most fundamental and deepest impacting changes is in what our government feels they should be teaching future generations. This isn’t a political blog, and I have no intention of diving into the plans and schemes of evil men (or women). Nor am I going to sound a rallying cry so as to endorse a particular politician or denounce another one. No, the only purpose for this short post is to point out a sad truth. Right now, millions of Americans who profess Christianity spend absolutely zero time teaching their children the basics of the faith, or reading Scripture, or – well – anything! Are you one of them? There are [...]
March 28, 2013
Have you ever watched one of the royal events broadcast from England’s Buckingham Palace? The pomp and pageantry is second to none! Whether it be a speech, wedding, or some other function, when the Queen of England is scheduled to speak thousands of people gather together to hear her. And this is understandable – she is the Queen of the land! Except…she is Queen in name only. While Elizabeth is universally accepted as the Queen of England, all those who accept her as such will also be in universal agreement that she really has no authoritative power whatsoever. She issues no decrees that the citizens must obey. She commands no armies. She has no real authority at all, and her office is celebrated only as a tradition and out of a sense of duty. Perhaps this sense of duty comes out of the past, originating from the long history of the office and the memory of the many good things accomplished by royalty in times long past.
Living in the Bible Belt of the United States, this week before Easter Sunday strikes me as being similar to the preparations carried out in England before a royal event. Flowers are being ordered, new clothing is purchased for women and children, celebration dinners are being planned with the menu’s being discussed among the family and friends that will be coming together. On Easter Sunday, the pomp and pageantry will be on full display! Pastors will have fresh flowers displayed, new paint on the walls, extra volunteers working and a specially prepared sermon on hand. The churches made up predominantly of older folks will have their pomp done one way, and the younger purpose-driven or postmodern folk will be “keeping it real” by using their own styles (they too will have a special pomp and pageantry for the occasion, even if it’s the way they casually deny that they have pomp & pageantry). Every church going by the name “Christian” will have something special going on this coming Sunday, with many of the preparations being very similar to those of a royal event. But the preparations aren’t the only similarities, and fresh flowers aren’t the only things in common on display.
I cannot help but notice that in the same way throngs of people come to hear from a Queen with no real power, throngs of churchgoers do the same as they flock to hear of a Lord with no power. Please don’t misunderstand…the Lord Jesus Christ has both ultimate power and authority over all creation (so in that the comparison doesn’t stand). But many, many of the people who are faithful to attend the annual Easter service recoil from the idea of the Lord having authority over them. They claim that, as with the queen, there is no real-life authority. They don’t claim it verbally, but they claim it in a more practical way with their take-home reaction of the sermon. A truly biblical Easter sermon will not only cover [...]
March 20, 2013
George Mueller’s life is often considered to be one of recent time’s most amazing examples of what a godly man experiences when he is committed to prayer and a life lived out in faith. You may find it interesting to learn that his advice on knowing God’s will smacks in the face of the methods […]
March 10, 2013
I recently read an article regarding the Hindu festival “Kumbh Mela” where participants, amid much religious ceremony, bathe themselves in the Ganges river for the washing away of their sins (view article HERE). They smear themselves with ashes and sand, pray prescribed prayers, and then descend into the water. To most of us in the […]
March 10, 2013
That is the topic of the 2013 Expositors Conference in Mobile, Alabama later this year (Sept. 22-24). Led by Steven Lawson, and this year joined by Sinclair Ferguson, it promises to be a time of sound teaching based on Scripture that will prove invaluable to every preacher and layman who takes the time to attend. […]
February 21, 2013
Do you like detective stories? Stories filled with suspense and danger? It might be nice to read one, but to actually live in danger isn’t the best idea! However, if you liked such stories, pull up a chair and listen to mine… My sin is missing! I used to have sin in my life, but […]
February 18, 2013
We are all slaves. Does this sound odd to you? In Romans 6:15-19 our Lord teaches us this very thing. We are slaves to the sins we choose to obey. Because of the nature of substance abuse, many struggling with addictions know this better than others, but that doesn’t mean this passage applies only to […]
February 15, 2013
No, I am not referring to politics. I’m not even referring to “liberal” or “conservative” preachers and teachers within the professing church. I am referring to the Bible. And what I am talking about, or who actually, is Jesus. Jesus isn’t found just on the right side of your Bible (the New Testament), He is […]