I was 17 years old my "first time". You know – THE "first time". Ironically, even though I would not become a Christian until I was twenty-one, somehow, I still felt guilty and ashamed every time. Even without the Holy Spirit living inside of me, I still knew I was entering into an area of life that was reserved for someone else.
About three years ago, I wrote an article titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, and it really struck a nerve with people. Sadly, the list doesn't stop with just nine of these unbiblical statements. There are many of them that are cultural teachings and spiritual sounding clichés that have snuck into the Church, got baptized, and then joined the ranks of our jargon.
I can tell you from the beginning this is not a "casting judgment" type of article. This is the confession of someone who is on a journey. These "7 deadly sins" are not even what I'm pointing out in others, because I'd be fearful of pointing out specks while I have a plank sticking out of my own eye.
Here are five important lessons Billy Graham taught us as we reflect on his life.
Are you working hard to make the Lord like you?
Hopefully, at some point, the power of God's love will overwhelm you to the point that you would never settle for God merely liking you! Strive for more. Don't settle, until you settle in the depths of the Father's love for you.
Is it possible that we are worshipping a Play-Doh Jesus? Meaning, the main reason we don't have an issue with Jesus is because it's a Jesus that we've created by our own imagination? We'll shape, mold and bend him to be what we want him to be.
In the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing as a Millennial. That is a man-made term with a man-made definition.
"You just need to believe in yourself!" How many times have we been told this statement as a pep talk?
One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to constantly remember the job descriptions of the Holy Spirit. The résumé of the Holy Spirit could literally fill large libraries!
In the midst of this grasping and searching for the right words to help others, or to even to soothe our own souls, we tend to believe and say things that are not necessarily biblically true.
In life, there are three things that we can't avoid: death, taxes, and criticism. From the suburbs of Texas to the urban areas of New York to the jungles of the Congo to the mountains of Nepal, people are desperately trying to figure out how to respond to criticism.
Over the past 15 years of ministry, there have been multiple times when I've counseled with a husband, or my wife has counseled with another wife, who wanted to leave their spouse.
The alarm goes off on Sunday morning waking you out of beauty sleep. You've got to get up this time because you've already hit the snooze button seven times.
In a previous article that I wrote, titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, it opened with the following statements: "One of the greatest gifts that God gave mankind was the Holy Bible because the Bible is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word."
In 1995, Alanis Morissette released her song "Ironic", and it was a huge hit in the United States! The song was nominated for two Grammys, and its video was nominated for six MTV video music awards. Ironically, the song grabbed the attention of many English majors, because the song was more about unfortunate circumstances than irony.
What is a pastor? According to Webster's Dictionary, a Pastor is "a spiritual overseer." That means a pastor's job description is to oversee people's spiritual wellbeing; a concept that God cares most about in people, but, often the people care the least about in themselves.
So, instead of adults telling other adults how to reach students, I decided to ask students, "What do adults need to know about your generation?"
There was once a very, very ignorant time in my life, a time when I believed that teachers had the easiest job in the world, because they only worked nine months a year, not to mention they had all holidays off. Wow, was I wrong!
Some time ago, I was counseling a married couple and the wife made a humorous statement, "If the 40-year-old me could go back and visit the 18-year-old me; I would want to punch her in the face." My initial thought was, "That's funny." My next thought was, "If time travel was real, would I use it?"
To the surprise of most, the words "missions" and "missionary" are found nowhere in Scripture. However, the definition and concept of missions is a central theme in God's Word.
It's extremely humbling to think about God using us to give birth, adopt or foster other human beings, while also helping form them into adults. In a sense, God entrusts us with the ability to shape our future through parenting.
One of the scariest verses in all of Scripture has to be Matthew 6:14–15, where Jesus said, "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
"You just need to follow your heart!" How many times have we been given this statement as a piece of good advice?
The sanctity of life is a biblical teaching that we rally around as Christians, usually believing that we have all the transgressions to this stance clearly pegged.