Are you mad enough to fight a long-overdue war?
Psychologists and psychiatrists today generally agree that forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance or anger toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Dr Tony Evans in his book Detours divides forgiveness into two categories: unilateral and transnational. If we […]
By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries After writing recently about forgiveness, I received a lot of responses. One person said that when he learned to forgive, it was a key that unlocked a future for his Christian growth. Another person said it was the most important thing he had […]
Can we escape the stench of sin by simply admitting we’re human?
When does God begin to restore us after we’ve blown it with Him?
Do adulterers belong in the church? Is their sin so commonplace that it is accepted in the culture today?
Why do we say and do things that cause us to feel guilt and shame for doing or saying?
Don’t we sometimes try to hide our sins from God, from others, and from ourselves?
There’s no future for good people in heaven. They won’t be going.
By Karen Woodward Blooger at Switchbacks.org Our dog Jake has been sick recently. After the third day of being unable to keep food down, I whisked him away to the vet to make sure he hadn’t gotten something stuck in his digestive track. After two x-rays ruled that out, the doctor ordered a series of […]
How do we treat people who are living sinful lives or lives different from our own?
Thirty years ago legalizing same-sex marriage was considered inconceivable.
How can the church adjust to this new normal in our society?
Only one path leads to restoration and a clean heart
Do we ever weep and moan about our sin?
Jesus’ narrow mindedness and intolerance were righteous.
Sometimes you have to hammer home the truth to kids AND their parents.
The Bible abounds with scripture references to God’s hatred of sin.
Hypocrites might fool some, but they will never fool God.
They were haughty and did detestable things
If you’ve ever seen a trial or been in a courtroom you know a judge and jury decide the defendant’s guilt or innocence.
Our identity doesn’t come from what we do or how we act. We behave badly and sin sometimes. Our identity comes from our identification as children of God.
The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the church has lost her power to weep over its sin
Revival is not glorious celebration with shouts of joy. Revival is, at its core, agony.
What we do with our sin determines whether we claim victory over it, or suffer it’s paralyzing bondage.
Here in the South we have a beautiful, blooming, Spring delight called thebradford pear tree Bradford Pear Tree. I hate it.
It’s easy to shake our heads and judge fallen pastors and other men and women in highly visible positions of trust and authority.
Sometimes well-meaning people confuse trials with temptation.
The ONLY thing that makes one a sinner is refusing to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Period.
Sin takes us farther than we want to go; keeps us longer than we want to stay; and costs us more than we want to pay.
Our post-Jesus, post-church, post-love-one-another culture continues to glorify sin and death in the most extreme and ungodly ways.
If you claim Jesus Christ as Lord, Christ’s life is now your life. Christ gave His life so your life could be abundant. The trouble is many folks who call themselves “Christians” keep sliding back into performance mode.
I don’t condemn any homosexual just as I don’t condemn any adulterer, but I do want to warn against the destructiveness of participating in this lifestyle, both to individuals and societies. It’s not the Creator’s plan for anybody!
In his series called, “Christian” Andy Stanley defined “Christians” as “judgmental, homophobic, exclusionary moralists who think they are the only ones going to heaven and secretly relish the fact that everyone else is going to hell.”
Do we know what newness of life truly means? I wonder how many folks who claim their salvation in Christ know they can walk in a new way now.
God’s law is for our protection and benefit. God’s law convicts us of our sin and disobedience.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Some folks who don’t know their true identity in Christ are still hung up on a lifestyle of right vs. wrong. Laws. Living by a moral code of conduct they expect will put them in right standing with God.
“Be sure your sins will find you out.” I have heard that growing up. It is true.
Jesus loves homosexuals.
Jesus loves adulterers. He loves abortionists, atheists, embezzlers, thieves, philanderers. Jesus loves convicted murderers. For God So Loved The World. John 3:16.
Who’s your spouse? Everyone has one.
Emmanuel. God with us.l
The true story of Christmas originated in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.
When we think about Christmas we certainly don’t think about scandal. Christmas today is all about celebrations and bright lights and traffic jams and parties.
But if we don’t admit and acknowledge the Christmas scandal, we will never fully understand what Christmas is truly all about. In fact without our scandal we wouldn’t have Christmas at all.
There are problems in today’s world. The sad thing is that sometimes people choose a false cure to the problem. Oftentimes this is a merchandising technique to sell something.
The Gospel is a message about Christ, about sin,about Christ’s death, about Christ’s resurrection.It starts with the bad news that my sin is so bad that it took dying to pay for it ‐ the death of God’s one and only Son.
We all know them. The big bad sinners. The scumbags we love to hate. Murderers, cruel, deadly dictators, embezzlers, hit man, adulterers. The more public they are, the more we like to hate them.
When you or someone else uses the word “try” that means that “self” is taking on responsibility. And that is a bad thing. No brokenness on the horizon when self’s on the landscape.
Ohhhhhhh Noooooo! Not brokenness! Please don’t talk about brokenness. Let’s talk about love or God’s grace or hope or peace or heaven.
But Not brokenness. That’s one of those icky topics like the blood of Jesus. We don’t want to read about brokenness. We don’t want to hear our preacher talk about it. We’d like to avoid it altogether if we can. . . . . .but, we can’t.
Can we be in two places at the same time? Yes!