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.
On Sunday March 19th, 2017, I had the privilege of debating an atheist.
Many today argue that we can't preach with authority because we need to have a flexible approach to all aspects of theology.
An important question for all Christians to ask is, "Are we 'affecting' the world, or is the world 'infecting' us?"
As a Southern California corporate executive for the fastest growing fitness company in the world in the mid-1990s, I had the opportunity to experience the devastating effects of life in the fast lane without rules or boundaries.
Often, it's the, "I'll give Jesus a try" attitude, rather than a broken heart desperately seeking a Savior — the American gospel versus the true gospel.
We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation before our eyes. We have become one nation "above" God, rather under God. The current uprisings across America confirm this.
A paraphrase that is often attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville — a Frenchman who authored Democracy in America in the early 1800s, helps to open this letter: "I looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated.
Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life.
Those who believe you can lose your salvation should not chide those who believe in eternal security — "once saved always saved" is by no means a license to sin — it's a belief in God's guarantee. But on the flip side, those who embrace eternal security should not mock those who disagree.
Although I believed I was healthy and fit, by the time I reached my twenty-second birthday, my 6'2'' frame had skyrocketed to 270 pounds and I was diagnosed with borderline hypoglycemia.
Christianity is built primarily on two foundations: Jesus is God and the inerrancy of the Bible. We are encouraged to be at peace with all men, even with those who have different beliefs.
I recently had the privilege of meeting a priest of a large parish in Southern California. The purpose of our conversation was to discuss the role of tradition in light of Scripture. Granted, some tradition is beneficial if it lines up with Scripture.