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 …

First Principles Part Four: What is Faith?

IT WOULD BE WRONG to say one kingdom principle is greater or more important than another, but I will say these first four we've been discussing are critical to beginning and strengthening our new life in Christ. It is important to identify and defeat the hindrances to living a balanced Christian lifestyle. Watchman Nee wrote, …

“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 …

The Money-Changers and the Fig Tree

PALM SUNDAY marks the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. He entered through the Golden Gate, on the east side of the city, facing the Mount of Olives. Because of its messianic connection, this gate is to remain shut until Christ returns. Consequently, the Golden (or Eastern) Gate has remained closed for …

Roadkill

Rain splashes down,mingling with tearsand blurring reality.I feel detached, buried beneath theremains of bad decisions.Disorder and distressnow the great clarioncall, I wear wearinesslike a wet cloak. I amsoaked to the core,shaky, weak, and tired. I learn to fly, soaring high above failure, somewhere over the horizon,far from from the stench of broken dreams and pathetic …

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