Discipleship

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

As a pastor and fellow student of God’s Word, I have been asked this question countless times, and of course, I have asked it myself. Thousands of books and sermons have attempted to answer this question, but there is really only one book that’s needed—the Bible. The full answer spans from the front cover to the back. In one sense it’s a simple answer, on the other it’s complex.

Why is Flattery a Sin?

Why is Flattery a Sin?

If I were to challenge you to quickly give me a list of biblical sins, would you include flattery? When we think of the many different kinds of sin noted in scripture, we often overlook the sin of flattery because it’s subtle, sounds positive, and makes the hearer feel good. Yet flattery is indeed a sin. Why?

Resisting Carnal Competition in Ministry

Resisting Carnal Competition in Ministry

Life is not meant to be a carnal competition between spiritual siblings. We all serve a unique role in the body of Christ, so let’s not undermine, discourage, or attack each other. Let’s not be jealous of one another’s gifts and ministries, as if we’re adversaries playing on opposing teams.

Our enemy wants to divide and conquer us, but may we never allow him the satisfaction.

How to Influence the World, Without Being Influenced by the World

How to Influence the World, Without Being Influenced by the World

We’ve all heard or seen the phrase “not of this world” or a similar statement that we are “in the world, but not of the world.” These catchy phrases look great on t-shirts and bumper stickers, but what do they really mean, practically speaking, in the life of a believer?

What Difference Does Kindness Make?

What Difference Does Kindness Make?

The power of kindness demonstrating the love of Christ to another person is available to each one of us because the Holy Spirit dwells within us.

As those who are loved by Christ and have received His grace and mercy, we have the privilege and responsibility of shining that love out to the world!

We are to be conduits for God’s love to the people around us. Why? Because as Second Corinthians 5:14 states, “For the love of Christ compels us.”

Who Should A Leader Follow?

Who Should A Leader Follow?

Being swayed by the impatience of a “majority” is a dangerous place to be, especially as a Christian.

Often, impatience is simply the fruit of unbelief. We must be careful that we do not become impatient with God’s timing and that we don’t allow ourselves to be affected by the impatience of others.

God does not succumb to the will of the majority and neither should we. 

How You Can Know That You Aren't Alone

How You Can Know That You Aren't Alone

Our God is truly faithful. In fact, He is the very definition of faithfulness.

People may come and go in our lives, but God never leaves us. He is always standing by us in the good times and bad.

The enemy wants us to believe that God has turned His back on us, but God wants us to know that He is standing by us, no matter what.

What is the Greatest Sign and Wonder of All?

What is the Greatest Sign and Wonder of All?

Many years ago, a friend of mine who is a pastor invited me to his church to visit. He wanted me to be present to listen to a guest speaker who was gifted in prophecy.

I still remember what he prayed over me because everything that he told me would happen has indeed come true.

Yet, even this experience pales in comparison to something far greater!

Changing from a Temporary to an Eternal Perspective

Changing from a Temporary to an Eternal Perspective

Have you ever tried grasping for the wind? It’s an exercise in futility because it will leave you empty-handed every single time.

Solomon had done it all, seen it all, had it all and realized in the end that everything temporary that the world offers ultimately leads to disappointment. So is there anything available to us that won’t leave us feeling empty-handed?

What is the Definition of True Love?

What is the Definition of True Love?

Some would say that love is a feeling, an emotion, or perhaps just a chemical reaction in the human brain. Others would say that love is a frame of mind, a commitment that is chosen to be lived out day after day.

Yet, despite an abundance of thoughts and opinions, this is a question that continues to mystify mankind because we all have a sense that love is greater and better than the answers the world presents to us.

Why Does God Want Us to Fear Him?

Why Does God Want Us to Fear Him?

What does the Bible say regarding fearing God? It says in Proverbs 1:7 that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” To be wise we must fear God first. It’s the first step toward attaining godly wisdom. And what is godly wisdom? Simply put, it is wisdom that brings us to a deeper knowledge and understanding of who God is and how He wants us to live our lives. But what does fear have to do with it?

Why Does God Use Foolish Things?

Why Does God Use Foolish Things?

Have you ever felt that there was no way God could use someone like you? 

You may think that people don’t ever listen to what you have to say, or maybe you don’t have the right background or education; maybe you think you’ve made too many mistakes, are too young or too old; or perhaps you’re a baby Christian.

Do you think your limitations limit God?

Why God's Timing is Better Than Yours

Why God's Timing is Better Than Yours

Years ago, when Juanita and I were first dating, I was in a rush to deliver the Christmas gifts I had bought for her. Unfortunately, less than a mile out of the driveway my truck began to overheat. I had a tough decision to make, but I knew what I needed to do. I cranked up the heater full blast and drove thirty-five miles to Juanita’s house!

Why Bitterness Leaves a Bitter Taste

Why Bitterness Leaves a Bitter Taste

Bitterness leads to hatred, revenge, and even death—the death of joy and relationships.

It can even lead to diminished physical and emotional health, or cause a person to make dangerous decisions that may put their very life at risk. Job 21:25 says a “man dies in the bitterness of his soul.” So how do we deal with bitterness?

What is the True Definition of Humility?

What is the True Definition of Humility?

Imagine you are a witness to the last meal that Jesus shared with His disciples the night of His betrayal. Not long before, multitudes were praising Him shouting “Hosanna!”

Suddenly, Jesus stands up from supper, picks up a towel, pours water into a basin, and begins to wash their feet. Can you imagine the look of shock on the disciples’ faces when Jesus, their Lord, stoops down to wash and dry their dirty feet?

How to Have a Thankful Perspective Even on a Lousy Day

How to Have a Thankful Perspective Even on a Lousy Day

I think we can all agree that it's easy, even natural, to thank God during seasons of goodness and abundance, but what about during the hard times? Do we only thank God when we "feel" like it, or do we maintain a constant mindset of gratitude?

Life is certainly a combination of positive and negative experiences, the good and the bad, but the secret to maintaining a thankful perspective in difficult circumstances may surprise you!

Give Me One and I'll Give You Many

Give Me One and I'll Give You Many

One of the most remarkable verses in scripture tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Clearly, we can see what a high value God places on faith. So much that not only will God be pleased when we exercise faith, but He will also reward our faith!

Don't Despair, the Harvest is Coming

Don't Despair, the Harvest is Coming

Do you ever get discouraged when you observe people who don’t care for anyone other than themselves seemingly experiencing continued success? Then there are the nameless masses who often go unnoticed, whose random acts of kindness appear unrewarded or unrecognized. It gets even more discouraging when it seems that God isn't paying attention either.

I Need to Be Forgiven, but Do I Have to Forgive You?

I Need to Be Forgiven, but Do I Have to Forgive You?

Although we can never forgive as completely or as perfectly as God does, we are required to follow the example He has set. In our natural strength we will always fail because such humility and compassion do not come naturally, but we are still expected to extend the same mercy to others that Christ continually extends to us. After all, how can we so willingly receive God's mercy, yet be unmerciful to others? Jesus was very clear that if we want to be forgiven, we must forgive others.