Many of us can look back on our lives and regret the damage done through bad choices. For most, we didn't see it coming.
A few years ago, I had a conversation with a pastor who suggested that these articles are written from a position of fear.
Christian leaders, from Robert Jeffress to Max Lucado, are divided on who to vote for. How can we honor God and preserve our values this election season? Here are five ways.
The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized to murder, molestation, violence, and lust. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well illustrated through a story that I heard years ago.
Much like the former Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, 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.
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.
"Remember ever, and always, that your country was founded by the stern old Puritans whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God" (paraphrase of Henry Wilson; 18TH U.S. Vice President).
With a culture saturated by political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what's inside is spilling out. But if God brings revival…if we once again set our hearts and minds on Him…there is tremendous hope.
In a sense, a preacher is called to break the heart, a pastor to mend it; one concentrates on repentance, the other restoration.
Experts say that nearly 4,000 churches close every year in America and over 3,500 people leave the church every single day.
Imagine the scene: John the Baptist, this mighty man of God, was now in prison. He may be thinking, "Why am I here? I'm doing God's will, but my life is not going like I planned!"
What we're seeing today is not a gun problem; it's a moral problem called sin.
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.
Unlike today, many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America's strength — they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct.
The flesh — although it feels comfortable and natural at times — is not a friend to be trusted.
Can we, in good faith, redeem Halloween, Christmas, and Easter with their roots saturated in paganism, superstitions, and the occult?
Throughout history, Christians have vacillated between two extremes: compromising with the culture or removing themselves from it (isolation).
The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized by movie sensations that are depicting ungodly themes such as witchcraft, the occult, extreme violence, perverted sex, and so on. Violent and perverse video games offer the same destructive pattern. Ironically, this headline appeared in the news in 2013: Navy Yard Shooter "Obsessed with Violent Video Games."
Famed radio host, Janet Parshall, aired a program in 2013 about new movie sensations that are depicting ungodly themes, such as Twilight and others. Her guest made the point that the church is losing the power of discernment. I couldn't agree more.
It's no secret that our generation has wandered severely off course: schools resemble battle-grounds, the family is in chaos, sexual perversion is an epidemic, and truth is mocked. We should be mourning for our nation and the future of our children. Are we too numb or indifferent to comprehend?
Although disheartening, society's trend away from God's Word and absolute truth is not surprising. The apostle Paul warned of this many years ago.
Recently, I shared with our congregation that one of the most difficult challenges associated with pastoring is not sermon preparation or taxing counseling appointments, but witnessing the tragic results of spiritual dehydration — dying spiritually with living water just a step away.
Perhaps one of the most difficult Scriptures dealing with divorce or separation is found in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, "A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else go back to him. And the husband must not leave the wife."
Many great Bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that re-marriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur.
Here are a five questions to consider before leaving a church or discarding fellowship.