Based on what is coming across many pulpits today, it would seem that sin is not what it used to be. Under the banner of grace, the moral code of the Bible is being relaxed, allowing for active sin to go unchallenged in the Church. A favorite of grace libertines is the mantra that we are no longer under Old Testament Law, as though its moral code was rescinded. They often cite Jesus’ words of love and forgiveness, inferring He would not condemn their sin today. Their reasoning seems to be that He loves us too much to condemn us. Continue reading Raising the Bar
It is customary in America to dub every decade with a name that is characteristic of the overall mindset of that era. If I were naming the present era, I would call it “the decade of the selfie.” In this age of cultural narcissism, people are consumed with self, and what’s more, they are not embarrassed by it. Gone are the days of subtle self-promotion. And this condition is not peculiar to the world and the unsaved. It has taken a firm hold of many in the Church.
The Bible describes these people as being “puffed up in their own imaginations; they think more highly of themselves than they ought” (Ref. Rom. 12:3, 1Cor. 4:6, 18-19, 5:2, 8:1, 13:4). Satan uses this as an entry point, especially for those in ministry, often creating a sense of superiority and entitlement. He knows this is a successful tool, because pride stemming from self-focus is what caused him to fall from his lofty position as the worship leader before the throne of God. Continue reading Defeating Self-Defeat
My Dream: Sunday, October 02, 2016 (5:30AM)
For several months, I have been in a health crisis, which I will share about in the future. During this time, I have experienced a rare spirit of peace that I can only describe as supernatural. This morning I had a visitation from the Lord that I can sum up in one word: Ecstacy!
The first half of the dream is still unclear to me. I was in a rural area that I understood to be a vacation/camping destination. It was a scenic landscape of green hills and valleys, with a large pond between two hills, where I was standing. On my left, I saw many RVs and campers parked up on a hill overlooking the pond. It was very serene, and I was strongly impressed that it was a place where people came to get away from the stress of everyday life in the cities. I was with a group of people, but I did not see anyone’s facial features. Continue reading Portal of Glory
The Rio 2016 Olympics was a golden success, especially for the United States. A total of 207 nations, consisting of 11,303 athletes, competed in 28 Summer sports, in which 306 sets of medals, 918 in all, were awarded. Olympic history was made by several, including Maryland swimmer Michael Phelps and runner Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
But two outstanding Olympians did not get one of those 918 medals. Instead, American runner, Abbey D’Agnostino, was awarded the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Medal. A New Zealand runner, Nikki Hamblin, was also awarded this medal. It has only been awarded 17 times in all previous Olympic Games. It is awarded to those who display an extraordinary act of sportsmanship. Continue reading The Amazing Race
It was the third day the disciples were with their new teacher, Jesus. He was invited to a marriage celebration at Cana, located on the picturesque Sea of Galilee, and they were also invited. It was probably the marriage of a family member or very close friend, as His mother Mary seemed to know the family of the bridegroom very well.