January 20, 2017
O Lord, revive thy work Habakkuk 3:2
Last week, we noted that real revival is preceded with frequent, serious, often intense prayer. Revival is not normally something the church leadership places on the calendar. However, as God’s people begin to get a burden to see God show Himself strong in our midst, they find themselves gathering for prayer — at church, in people’s homes, in parks, in offices and other places where they can gather without interruption. The regular church prayer meetings tend to have a pronounced increase in attendance and some of the folks gather early while others remain afterwards to continue to pray. This is often accompanied with a sense of humility
January 19, 2017
The apostle Paul, in the first chapter of 1 Timothy opens with an exhortation to teach “no other doctrine.” He elaborates on this by a discussion of “the commandment” and “the law” which seems to run contrary to the way many people view the law these days.
1 Tim 1.5-8 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
There is a use of the law which is lawful for a Christian minister. The apostle is going to elaborate on that in the following verses.
January 18, 2017
Should we accept that a moral issue has reached the point where continuing to fight for Biblical standards is not a wise use of our time and resources? That is the question Christians face as President Trump seems uninterested in the issue of homosexual marriage, calling it “settled law”. In his acceptance speech at last year’s Republican Convention, Trump specifically and publicly acknowledged his homosexual and transgendered supporters. As President, he will not begin any action to change current law on this topic. Some Evangelicals who supported Trump in last year’s election have stated that Christians should focus on the abortion issue and realize that homosexual marriage is an issue that the Supreme Court will not reverse itself on. Yet the 2016 Republican National Committee Platform, which is almost a concise course in political theory, stresses the Republican opposition to homosexual marriage and transgendered relationships.
January 17, 2017
It has been said that India is the mother of one of the oldest and most complex religions of the world: Hinduism. This native Indian belief system has produced many offspring including Jainism, Sikhism, Hare Krishna, Transcendental Meditation, the New Age Movement, and Buddhism. Sadly, today billions of people around the globe adhere to one of these pagan religious systems.
January 16, 2017
We do well to never minimize the reality of the devil, his demons, and their work in the world at any time. Today the troubled son in our passage might be considered epileptic, Jesus diagnosed this man’s manic manners as a demonic disorder. We can be sure that Satan still seizes young men and women and throws them into self-destructive flames. He still enters homes and drowns fathers or mothers in the ocean of anger, abuse or self-indulgence. The devil’s devastating work then and now, is real. It is vital that we place our desperate situations into the hands of Jesus. Let’s follow this narrative and trace the vital steps to this end.