A parable is a simple story conveying a moral or spiritual lesson. We often don't like direct confrontation, thus God uses parables to open our eyes. Self examination is very healthy.
I recently heard a contemporary parable that is also a true story. A young girl, devastated by the choice her father made to leave her family for a younger woman, had a nightmare following his announcement. She dreamt that she, her mother and sister all died in a horrific car accident. When she told her dad about the dream, he simply replied, "I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad it was only a dream." Her response searched his soul, "Dad, right before we were hit, I looked through the window and saw that you were driving the other car."
This broke the man. He repented and restored his marriage. Some of you reading this may need to examine yourself. This may be exactly what you're doing to your family. But pride and spiritual blindness are preventing you from seeing it (men and women). more >>
If I were to ask you why Tom Cruise has a reputation for being a bit … eccentric, what would you say?
You'd probably say that it is because of his religion of choice: Scientology.
I would then say you are a racist. Yes, anyone who would say something like that is clearly bigoted against rich, white, Scientologist Hollywood action-hero types. Next think you'll be telling me that John Travolta is also a weirdo and … more >>
Televangelist Creflo Dollar recently came under public scrutiny for trying to raise $65 million to purchase a luxurious G650 jet for his ministry, but for those who listen to his sermons and follow his teachings, Dollar is simply following the "prosperity gospel" which he backs up with his interpretation of the Bible.
Poverty, says Dollar, is ungodly.
"Poverty is not the will of God for any believer. However, there are Christians who have taken a "vow of poverty" because they believe that poverty is a part of being holy and righteous. This is far from the truth," explains Dollar in an article on his website titled "Your Inheritance of Wealth and Riches." more >>
Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary John Piper, disclosed in a recent sermon what he believes to be the reason why PhDs in theology commit adultery and argued that they cheat "probably more" than "less-educated people."
"Look around in your life, in your church. How many Christians do you see bent with all their powers to know God more and more — more truly, more clearly, more sweetly? Or, rather, do you see thousands fighting graduate school sins with a grammar school knowledge of God?" asked Piper in a clip from a sermon posted on his desiringGod.org website.
He then revealed why he believes PhDs in theology commit adultery. more >>
Predictably, some of the defenders of Creflo Dollar's appeal for donors to buy him a $65 million private jet accused those of us who took issue with this unnecessary extravagance of having the same attitude as Judas. This is an absurd, ugly, and even dangerous misuse of the words of Jesus.
The text they're referring to is John 12, where Judas was critical of Mary, who anointed Jesus with extremely costly ointment shortly before His betrayal and crucifixion.
Judas was upset with her actions, asking, "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii [which was close to a year's wages] and given to the poor?" (John 12:5) more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Judah Smith, who has made headlines for spiritually mentoring big name celebrities such as singer Justin Bieber and football star Russell Wilson, recently sat down with CP Voice to discuss his latest book, Life Is _______, which is a follow up to his 2013 work, Jesus Is _______.
I asked him about the blank line on the cover after the words, Life Is ________.
"The blank is there similar to our previous project because Christians are famous for monologues and not so much dialogue, and the heart behind the project is really to create a conversation," said Smith. "The blank is there because it's like, OK, this is how I would fill in the blank. But just because I fill in the blank, that doesn't mean that you would fill in the blank like that. And here's my value system predicated upon the ancient Scripture and what I believe about God. That's how I fill in the blank." more >>