Each one of us is a sinner. There is no getting around it. So what is the difference between a sinner who has been saved by God's grace, and a sinner who is still lost in his sins?
When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a garden which had boundaries. They were told to respect those boundaries and obey the truth. They chose to cross God's boundary line. The rest is history.
So you think there are advantages to living together rather than getting married. Before you close your mind any tighter on the issue, check out these five myths:
Anyone who has been richly blessed over the years by the preaching of Dr. Charles Stanley, as I have been, knows that he has a real gift to proclaim the Word of God with clarity and purpose in the power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, Dr. Stanley doesn't leave much wiggle room for his hearers. I really like that when I am listening to a message from God's Word. It reminds me that God has placed plenty of stakes in the ground regarding the truth, sin, and grace.
Charles Spurgeon expressed it well for anyone who is waiting upon God to do something. "My situation is urgent," writes Spurgeon, "and I cannot see how I will ever be delivered. Yet this is not my concern, for He who made the promise will find a way to keep it. My part is simply to obey His commands, not to direct His ways. I am His servant, not His advisor. I call upon Him and He will deliver me."
In the New Testament, no one ever served as a spiritual leader for a congregation that he wasn't also feeding. God's Word prescribes no leading where there is no feeding. Every "elder" in the New Testament was required to faithfully teach the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:24), and to serve alongside the believers in that particular congregation. The word "elder" in the New Testament is interchanged with the words "overseer," "pastor," and "bishop."
Relationships can get very messy. Perhaps you already have firsthand experience in that area. The only Person I know who has the ability to clean up the mess is Jesus Christ. In fact, He also has the power to help a man and woman stay out of a bunch of stuff that will only bring heartache into their home.
Man seems to race through life doing almost anything to avoid thinking about his own death. At some point however, the thought of death is unavoidable. Robert Ebert describes the many e-mails he now receives with word of this person or that person passing away. He explains how even the memories of those people begin to fade away over time. Ebert writes, "That is what death means.
I was intrigued by the title of a blog I came across today: "Do You Believe in Common Grace?" It was written by a faithful Christian pastor who preaches the Gospel with biblical integrity. Some Christians use the term "common grace" to describe the universal blessings which God pours out upon the whole human race. That doesn't mean that everyone who uses this term understands the full implications of this teaching.
What is your biggest area of weakness and temptation? The only way to experience victory in Jesus over that sin is to own it and rise above it by God's grace. You can do it, but you first must believe that God can free you from the chains of that thing which pull at you day after day.
The strong correlation between sexual immorality and overspending is beyond dispute. A perfect example in the Bible is the prodigal son in Luke 15. A perfect example in the world today is the United States.
It is Easter and two days ago was Good Friday. The question for the individual is this: Are those two days just yearly events on my calendar? Or have those two history changing events become life-changing events in my heart?
Let me see if I have this right. You Christians believe that the Son of God suffered and died on a cross 2000 years ago...and that somehow, this helps you get connected to your God. Yep. That's right. That is the teaching of the Bible. And yes....it is utter foolishness to the natural way of thinking about God. And by the way....He is not just our God....He is the true God, the One and only.
A state judge in Oklahoma this week blocked enforcement of a law that would have required doctors to give a woman an ultrasound and describe the unborn baby to her in detail before performing an abortion.
Richard Dawkins has done it again. And this time he has really placed atheists in a pickle. Do they follow the abusive admonition of one of their idols, and thereby reject reason; or do they continue to teach their children that bullying is wrong? Something has got to give here. With mentors like Dawkins, it's getting tougher and tougher in America for atheists to maintain a consistency between their doctrine and their practice.
Your church building may have a denominational name on it. Your mouth might speak often of your own particular denomination. And the majority of your friends may all belong to your denomination. But I'll tell this much....there is no denominational label imprinted on your soul....and there will be no denominations in heaven.
Are you sick and tired of being defeated by the same sin in your life over and over again? If so, have you started fighting back like a boxer in the ring? Or are you taking a passive approach while sin and Satan just pummel you with body blows and head shots? My friend, it is well past time to start fighting back in the power of God.
What do you get when a television network attempts to make a mockery of Jesus Christ, Christianity, and Christians in general? You get a pitiful excuse for "entertainment" and one that is doomed to fail. The latest example of such blasphemy is the ABC show, "GCB."
The annual party pilgrimage to Florida is taking place once again. "March Madness" involves more than just basketball. Thousands of college students are caught up in the madness of wild parties which have become the feature attraction of "Spring Break." Interestingly, other college students have chosen a different path by using their school break to serve the poor and to spread the message of the Gospel. Different strokes for different folks.
Perhaps you or someone you know is always losing the battle with an addiction. It might be alcohol or drugs. It could be pornography or gambling. Whatever the addiction, there is a path that leads to victory and freedom. God wants you and your loved ones to be free from any destructive obsessions. Sin no longer has to have the upper hand in your life.
Our clocks have now been moved forward by one hour. Most of them anyway. We have gained an hour of daylight. At the same time, we continue to lose days and years as they keep getting gobbled up by "Father Time."
Some people are convinced God caused the recent tornadoes. I don't share that conviction. God certainly is sovereign, but that doesn't mean He is the cause of everything that happens.
Someone recently expressed this fear to me: "I feel like I am going to die an early death because of things I did years ago." Although a believer, she felt like God is going to punish her for the sins of her past. She was struggling with a "spirit of condemnation."
A lot of Democrats and Republicans also seem uneasy with outspoken Christians among their ranks. How crazy is that? After all that the Bible and Jesus Christ have meant to the freedom of our nation!
The National Enquirer is being criticized by some people for publishing a photo of Whitney Houston's dead body. But was it really Whitney?