One of the greatest revelations of my life is: I can choose my thoughts and think things on purpose. In other words, I don't have to just think about whatever falls into my mind. This was a life-changing revelation for me because as Proverbs 23:7 (AMPC) says, "As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he." I like to say it like this: Where the mind goes, the man follows.
Now God is concerned about the hidden man of the heart, which is our inner life. Our inner life is what we think about. And like the scripture above says, the way we think determines how we live and who we are. That's why we need to think about what we're thinking about.
It's so important for us to understand this because if we don't learn how to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 10:4-5), we won't live the life Jesus died to give us — a life of peace with God, peace with ourselves, great relationships, real joy and the ability to become all God has created us to be. It comes down to choosing to believe what God says (the truth) more than we believe our feelings, what other people say or our circumstances. more >>
With the release of Jason Fowler's new album I Fall In, the former rocker-turned-worshipper explains his journey to sobriety and the impact his relationship with God has made on his life.
Fowler's life can be heard in his music. Living a rock-n-roll lifestyle for years eventually caused him to hit rock bottom. After being kicked out of a drug dealer's house in downtown Atlanta and being homeless, he cried out to God and eventually was able to put the broken pieces of his life back together.
The following is an edited transcript of Fowler's interview with The Christian Post in which he discusses his rock star lifestyle of hopelessness and the transformation he received after attending a Christian-based addiction recovery program. more >>
I doubt the generational name will stick, but for now we call them Generation Z. There was Gen X, then Gen Y (the Millennials), and now Gen Z.
Their birth years are 2001 to 2020. The oldest Gen Zer is 15; the youngest has not yet been born.
We have much to learn about this young generation, but we have learned much already. Church leaders, particularly, need to keep an eye on this generation. There are some fascinating trends taking place. more >>
One of the most dangerous and difficult prayers a Christian can make is for God to "break them," Pastor Craig Groeschel says.
Groeschel, who heads the large, multi-site Oklahoma-based Life.Church, discussed the importance of Christians praying that God may "break [them]" in his "Dangerous Prayer" series.
The sermon begins with a prayer to God to "break me of my pride, break me of my selfishness, break me of anything that keeps me from knowing you." more >>
High in the Himalayas, Christianity is on the rise. And so are religious tensions.
If I asked you to name the places where Christianity is growing the fastest, you, being a well-informed BreakPoint listener, would probably respond "Africa" and/or "China."
And you'd be correct. The explosion of Christianity south of the Sahara is so great that a colleague of mine is surprised whenever he meets a West African immigrant who's not a believer. And as we previously told you on BreakPoint, Christianity in China is growing so rapidly that, by one scholar's estimate, there will be more Christians in China than in any other country by 2035. more >>
Next weekend — Lord willing — I'll run my first half marathon. I know that's not a big deal. Countless athletes run that far and much farther. But it's a bit of a big deal for me. Running has become a perfect picture for me of the process and battle to conquer sin. I know this sounds strange, but the more I run, the holier I become.
Until about 18 months ago, the farthest I had run was approximately the distance from the couch to the refrigerator. And I could crush that race with a pace that would make Carl Lewis jealous. But any farther than that and my body (including my mind) simply said, "Nope." And I listened and complied.
And up until a few years ago, that essentially described my ongoing battle with sin. I was conditioned to the fact that I was a slave to my body's wishes in just about every way. What my body wanted to eat, it ate. What my body wanted to see, I showed it. Whatever my body wanted to feel and wherever it wanted to go, I was resigned to it getting what it wanted — at least eventually. more >>