The Jezebel seduction is alive and well.
Although Revelation was written nearly 2000 years ago, it rings true with resounding clarity for churches today.
What would He say about your worship and the depth of your prayer? What about the commitment to teach all of His truth, not the politically correct version? What would He say about our personal lives beyond Sunday?
Do you want to mature ... are you ready to grow and change? Then you must assess your spiritual health often.
It seems like every month a new Christian leader embraces the LGBT movement — from pastor Brandan Robertson to Tony Campolo and Jen Hatmaker — the list never ends.
A deathlike slumber has overtaken the church: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead." God help us. It's time to reignite passion for prayer — to go full throttle.
When did a message of love become a message of hate?
Raising responsible kids is no microwave magic; it takes consistent time and energy. The results are often not instantaneous — diligence and perseverance will be your greatest assets, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges.
When Matt was very young, his parents introduced him to a family friend. Matt was excited because he had someone to play with; his parents were pleased because he could entertain Matt when they were busy.
Just a few decades ago, most of today's television programs and movies would have shocked the public. Programs that never would have aired then, receive the highest ratings now.
To understand the core values of a nation, one must simply look to the beliefs set forth during its conception, and, in the case of America, during the transitional years of the American Revolution. Judge for yourself how far we have drifted from the original intent of early Americans.
The Bible reveals that the devil is the prince of this world; therefore, you should pay close attention to what you watch and listen to — the force controlling it ultimately controls you.
Sadly, everything, including church functions, is centered around food — potlucks, get-togethers, fellowship gatherings, etc. The last thing we want to talk about is humility through fasting. But we must return to the power of the Spirit through brokenness, prayer, humility, and fasting.
An unrepentant man attends church while continuing a porn addiction; a wife leaves her husband for a boyfriend; a gossip continues belittling and slandering … the lists goes on and on. Sadly, many churches take the easy route by avoiding confrontation. But saying nothing is saying something.
A few years ago, I attended a conference where pastors were encouraged to meet at a pub after the general sessions. A few of these pastors could exercise their liberty, but why publicly? I wondered how many people at the conference stumbled because of it.
"Pastor's who sell their books are only in it for the money," said one disgruntled blogger. He added, "Why do they always have to mention their 'new' book?"
Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has graciously honored our desire and is spreading His Word.
In a recent article entitled, "Eugene Peterson on changing his mind about same-sex issues and marriage," we see again how truth is crumbling under the sledge-hammer of political correctness.
Don't judge evangelical churches in America based on what you see on Christian television.
America has been desensitized one generation at a time, one court decision at a time, one compromise at a time, and we are drowning in a cesspool of relativism.
Church is boring because the power of God has vanished from many congregations; there is a lack of desire to pursue Him in the pulpit as well as in the pew.
How can we position ourselves in the will of God and not give the devil a foothold?
The uniformity, the consistency, the stability, and the harmony of the universe declares that there is a Creator. The misconception that faith and intellect must remain separate has planted seeds of doubt in the minds of many.
Adultery moves us from the altar to the courtroom — transforming a couple, once deeply in love, into bitter enemies.
Problems arise when we seek comfort, convenience, money, status, or recognition above the passion that God has placed within us.