If you were to venture out into the streets of any major city and survey fifty people about what they think God's greatest desire for them is, I guarantee you the top response would be: "He wants me to be happy."
Many spiritual Americans gauge God's approval and blessing of their lives by their level of happiness. Because they believe their delight is God's highest desire, they view anything that makes them happy as a gift from his hand. I know men who have left their wives for other lovers and believe God's okay with their decision because they're happy. I know men and women in gay relationships who think God approves of their romantic choices because they're happy. I know ladies who habitually divorce and remarry and believe every new relationship is a gift from God because they're happy (at least temporarily!).
When I look into my Bible, I can't help but believe God wants us to be happy. Contrary to how some religions and even sects of Christianity portray him, the true God is a kind and loving Master who doesn't want us living a doom-and-gloom kind of life. The Scriptures are filled to the rim with exhortations to be joyful, content, and at peace. more >>
Union University, a Baptist academic institution with campuses in Jackson, Hendersonville, and Germantown, Tennessee, will hold its first evangelism rally that will feature among its speaker the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Fred Luter.
Ernest Easley, spokesman for Union and organizer of the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally on Feb. 21, told The Christian Post that the event came at the request of University President Dub Oliver.
"It's really in the heart of our president for evangelism to permeate our campus," said Easley, who noted that they expect somewhere between 500 and 1,000 attendees. more >>
Have you ever noticed the difference in the New Testament between "peace with God," and the "peace of God"? One is like stone, and the other is like the ocean. One deals with justification, while the other deals with sanctification.
The apostle Paul explained "our position" as Christians and "our standing" in Christ: "Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." (Romans 5:1,2)
In other words, the relationship has been established. It is solid. We don't move in and out of it depending upon how closely we walk with the Lord hour by hour. The connection is rooted in Christ and therefore constant, just like a child's relationship in the family. Even at those times when the child is misbehaving, the relationship between parent and child is still locked in place. It is set in stone. more >>
Innumerable it seems are the issues facing the nation. Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, self defense and ownership of guns, marriage, parental rights, pornography, gambling, alcohol use and abuse, drugs, the environment, crime, corruption in government, government assistance, national defense, foreign policy, freedom of speech, religious liberty, etc., etc., etc.
What seems glaringly scarce are genuine prophets. The prophets of old were God's spokesman for their day. They interpreted the times according to the revelation of God.
There is a sense in which every pastor must play the role of the prophet. Yet today such preaching would be enough to put goose bumps on the back of the pews of most churches. more >>
On the heels of the critically acclaimed EP Dead Man Walking, John Tibbs has announced that an album of the same name is set to release next month.
FairTrade Services will deliver the full-length debut by the Kentucky-born singer and songwriter that was produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, Colony House) and showcases 10 selections, eight of which were co-written by Tibbs.
Highlights from the upcoming album include a soulful title track featuring Ellie Holcomb called "Silver in Stone," and a song called "Abraham" that was inspired by God's faithfulness to the Israelites in the book of Exodus. more >>
Season 11's "American Idol" finalist Colton Dixon married his longtime girlfriend Annie Coggeshall at the top of the year and is now celebrating God's blessing on their marriage after waiting until their wedding night to be intimate.
Dixon, 24, proposed to Coggeshall, 27, at Disney World in Florida last September and the happy couple married on Jan. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a recent interview after returning from their honeymoon bliss in Tahiti, the Christian rocker talked about how different it is for them traveling together now that they are married.
"It was kind of strange: we checked into the room and realized, 'We actually get to go to sleep side by side! This is so cool!'" Colton told People. "Anywhere we've traveled before, we've always gotten two hotel rooms. We wanted to remain pure in that area." more >>