The Victim

September 4th, 2015 No Comments

A recent event caused me to think about an area of the Christian life that I don’t hear much about: The need for the sinner to remember that he has harmed the victim of his sin. She has had her heart broken, her spirit crushed, her world rocked. When he confesses his sin to her he needs to remember that he is not going through the motions of confession to clear his conscience, he is repairing the pain and suffering he has inflicted on someone else.

I’m about to create a story here, so don’t get all excited about knowing who I’m talking about. Suppose a man has a best friend, named John (how’s that for generic?). John and the man, named Fred, do everything together. They hunt, gather firewood, golf, and live together. They went to school together. They even have jobs in the same office, though they do different things. read more…

Accepting Jesus Into Your Heart

September 3rd, 2015 No Comments

“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by “accepting” Christ, and they have not been saved. If your Christian conversion did not reverse the direction of your life, if it did not transform it then you are not converted at all. You are simply a victim of the “accept Jesus” heresy!”

– A.W. Tozer

God’s Shadow of Protection — Psalm 91

September 3rd, 2015 No Comments

By Lisa Leidenfrost

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'” (Psalm 91:1-2)

This is a Psalm about why we can trust in the Lord and just how secure we are in Him. We are positionally very secure since we dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. In other words, we are in the hollow of His hand and covered by the God who is the Most High over all. That is a pretty secure place to be. Then the text goes on to give another metaphor of our secure position as being in a fortress and refuge. A fortress is a place of strength that protects from the onslaught of the enemy. And because of all this, the Psalmist states the theme of this Psalm, “My God, in Him I will trust.” He could have put this first with the rest of the Psalm explaining why we can trust Him. Look at the next verses of what He does for us. read more…

What I Think About Abortion, and Why

September 2nd, 2015 No Comments

A short caveat: I believe what I am telling you is true. It is what I think. But I know that as I have chatted with folks over the years that they can fool themselves into thinking they think certain things, but they are wrong. I often help others rethink their position, based on the fact that they really don’t know what they are talking about. With this in mind, feel free to sweetly correct me and tell me where my thinking is wrong or bent.

First, I try to base everything I think on the person and character of God as expressed in the Bible, the Word of God. God has revealed himself to us in nature in a general way (Rom. 1:19-20),but has revealed himself in a specific and particular way in the pages of Scripture. If you really want to know what I think, either so that you can argue with me, or agree with me, please look up all the references I give and read them in context. It is important that we know and understand what God is saying in each context, in context, so that we don’t twist Scripture or misrepresent it. read more…

WHY CAN’T THE CHURCH JUST AGREE TO DISAGREE ON HOMOSEXUALITY?

September 2nd, 2015 No Comments

By Kevin DeYoung

It is difficult to exaggerate how seriously the Bible treats the sin of sexual immorality. Sexual sin is never considered adiaphora, a matter of indifference, an agree-to-disagree issue like food laws or holy days (Rom. 14:1-15:7). To the contrary, sexual immorality is precisely the sort of sin that characterizes those who will not enter the kingdom of heaven. There are at least eight vice lists in the New Testament (Mark 7:21-22; Rom. 1:24-31; 13:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Col. 3:5-9; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Rev. 21:8), and sexual immorality is included in every one of these. In fact, in seven of the eight lists there are multiple references to sexual immorality (e.g., impurity, sen­suality, orgies, men who practice homosexuality), and in most of the passages some kind of sexual immorality heads the lists. You would be hard-pressed to find a sin more frequently, more uniformly, and more seriously condemned in the New Testament than sexual sin.

Temptation

September 1st, 2015 No Comments

“The desire to try to be strong rather than pure will not result in victory.”

Mike Cleveland, The Way of Purity

Mature Enough To Marry

September 1st, 2015 No Comments

Mike,
There was one question I wanted to ask you but I forgot to: is feeling convinced God has uniquely prepared you to help someone mature in Christ a good reason to marry them? Is feeling you are suited to help them a valid reason for commitment?
It may seem like a silly question or an obvious answer but I felt I need to ask it and would like to hear your opinion.

In Christ,

George

Hi George,

That’s a good question. There are two ways to understand your question. First, you might be asking whether you should be in a position, spiritually, such that you are prepared to lead your wife, when you get married. If this is the case, before you are married, you should feel suited to help your wife grow in Grace and wisdom after you are married. If you aren’t prepared to lead your woman friend, you shouldn’t be thinking about marriage. You should be thinking about maturing. If you aren’t mature, you aren’t even qualified to pick a godly wife. Immaturity leads to all kinds of problems and if you aren’t mature when you pick a woman to marry, who knows what kind of trouble you’ll find yourself in. read more…

The Doors

August 31st, 2015 No Comments

By Lisa Leidenfrost

Worry, it seems like just a natural part of us that can’t be helped, or can it? Why do we worry and what is going on? Why don’t we just trust the Lord automatically when the possibility of something hard looms on the horizon? I think it would help to know what is going on when we worry so that we can know what to do when we are tempted.

Worry is like being in a room with ten shut doors facing you. These doors represent all the possibilities of what might happen in the future about a particular situation that consumes you. Since the future is not yours to know, you don’t actually know which door you will walk through eventually. But there will come a time soon when one door will be opened and you will have to walk through it. read more…

Taking the Easy Way

August 20th, 2015 No Comments

Bob had a fight with his wife and was angry. He decided to go for a walk to cool off. While on his walk he wandered past the local bar. Outside the bar was a woman who, as he got closer, he realized was his old high school girlfriend, Mabel. She looked as good as she did way back then, and he decided it wouldn’t hurt to stop and say hello. After talking for a while she asked him to come inside and have a beer with her. Things led to things and before he knew it he was waking up in her apartment the next morning. Bob felt terrible, but what could he do? He’d only been angry. He hadn’t meant to get drunk, or cheat on his wife, but here he was with a big headache and a bigger ache in his heart.

The first thing he began to do once he’d realized what he’d done was to make excuses for his behavior. “If his wife had only given in to his point of view, he never would have gotten mad in the first place.” “If his ex-girlfriend hadn’t been there, he wouldn’t have stopped at the bar.” “If that bar tender hadn’t kept on bringing those drinks, he never in a million years would have gotten drunk and gone home with Mabel.” “If only Mabel had gotten fat and ugly after all those years, he never would have been tempted by her.” “It was actually all God’s fault because God created him with these awful emotions that he couldn’t control anyway.” read more…

When Things Go Crazy

July 11th, 2015 Comments Off on When Things Go Crazy

by Lisa Leidenfrost

With things in the world the way they are right now, with extremists muslims taking over territory and with the homosexuals gaining their victory at the expense of everyone else, things seem like they are turning upside down. It is the same feeling as being in an earthquake where the ground underneath you starts to shake, a ground that before, had always remained stable. Yes, things are changing. And they may keep changing for the worst. But, is our security in the idea of ‘changelessness’ or God? I Chronicles 29:10-12 shows where we should plant our feet and remain on bedrock, no matter what change we will face in the future or what things are taken away. This is our bedrock:

I Chr. 29:10-13

“Blessed are You Lord, God of Israel, our Father forever and ever. Yours O Lord is the greatness, the power, and the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;”

Lets take a look at the first important aspect of this verse. Who is the “You” in the verse above in relationship to us? If you’re going to lean on Him you need to know who He is to you. This is important.

He is
-Lord
-God of Israel (and we are grafted in)
-our Father

He is all this to us. This states His relationship to us which sets the framework for the bedrock. We are His. And He is Lord.

The next part of the bedrock is knowing the things about Him which He has that don’t change.
He has:
-greatness
-power
-glory
-victory
-majesty

He has all the power in the universe at His command. His greatness, glory and majesty are secure and He will have the ultimate victory. And, we are His. We already know the end –He will be victorious over all. We are on the winning side even though there seems to be present defeats. Present defeats are not stopping the process of God gaining ground.

Further bedrock is to know His character which also doesn’t change.

Ps 36:5-6
“Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds
your righteousness is like the great mountains
your judgements are a great deep.”
Ps 145
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and great in mercy.”

What else do we need to know that is part of the bedrock from I Chr 29?

“For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours”

This is reassuring. So, who owns the earth? Extremist muslims? Homosexuals? American politicians? Liberals? No, the Lord does, whether they acknowledge Him or not. But, they will at some point know He is Lord and will bow down to Him.

“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:10,11

But, just how far does His influence go? Can there be anywhere that man can escape from Him? Let’s look at Psalm 139:7

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there, If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”

God is in every corner of the earth, nothing excepted. And He is Lord and we are His.

The next part of I Chr. 29:11 states God’s authoritative position on the earth:

“Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

This is the culmination of this whole passage. He is head over all. Period. This is what we have to remember when things get tough. He is at the head and nothing will ever change that even if things take a nasty turn. And we are His. He has the power to give strength to all. That is a pretty secure place to be in.

And this is our response:

Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name…

This is the bedrock we stand on when everything else is turbulent. It is always reassuring to know that these things will never change.

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