Nothing feels as good as choosing the pain of discipline over the pain of regret.
God does the opening - you prepare the soil. Here's how...
Dead formality and the false fire of fanaticism are both Satan's counterfeits.
The Light appeared to be once and for all extinguished on Calvary 2,000 years ago.
Turn, or return, to Him today. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow.
A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent "Christian" leaders talked about replacing "preaching" with "having a conversation."
Revelation, written nearly 2000 years ago, rings true with resounding clarity for us today. In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the spiritually dead church in Sardis: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead."
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.