First Principles: Part Five

LIVING AN OVERCOMING LIFE requires intentionality and an exercise of faith. It involves following hard after God. Specifically, it features yearning after Him in wonder; choosing a "resurrected" life in Christ. A.W. Tozer warns us that lack of holy desire leads to a stiff and wooden quality in our spirituality. "Complacency is a deadly foe …

On Defense of the Soul

One of the most prolific questions mankind has asked throughout history is whether human beings (hereafter, “persons”) have a “soul.” This topic is critical to understanding the concept of free moral agency, as this applies to conscious decision-making regarding right and wrong, and whether man survives the death of the body in the afterlife. Except …

The Revelation: Part Four

IT IS EASY for Christian churches today to tweak their ministry in ways that make church "more attractive" or "fun." Mark Hall, lead singer of the contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, has been speaking out on this issue. Pastors are making the gospel message "less harsh." This is almost unavoidable in a post-Christian culture. However, …

“LORD, I Believe. Help My Unbelief.”

WE READ OF JESUS healing a boy with an unclean spirit in Mark 9:14-29. This story provides a valuable lesson regarding faith. Previously, the boy's father brought him to the disciples and they were unable to cast the spirit from the boy. Matthew Henry writes, "The father thought the fault lay in the want of …

The Revelation: Part Three

JESUS CHRIST CONTINUED The Revelation to John with letters to the churches at Thyatira and Sardis. As with the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, and Pergamum, the letters to Thyatira and Sardis contain warnings that remain relevant today. Churches in John's time were on the decline. The Roman Empire continued to persecute Christians, leaving many believers …

Podcast Update

I SPENT THE LAST TWO days learning about mixing, music beds, recording, editing, and a few other nuts and bolts for the podcast. I am recording the premier episode this afternoon and will record at least three additional episodes before I publish the premier. I expect to keep several episodes "in the waiting." A new …

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