The Space Between

“This sickness is not unto death.” John 11:4 Not everything is as it appears. People are born destined to die. The question is not the beginning and the end of human life, the question is what happens in the time-space in between. Sickness, struggles, and difficulties are a part of our life journey and how we view these events will…

Are you a Hyphenated Christian?

How do You Identify? People seeking to separate themselves from “mainstream” Christianity often add grammatical modifiers to create hyphenated words. The intended purpose of hyphenating Christianity with other words is to separate true Christianity from other religious groups. Adding modifiers helping people identify as true Christians is not a modern-day movement. People seeking to separate themselves from others in…

Abundance or Impoverished

The Collector Chapter 30 is one of the two chapters in the book of Proverbs not written by Solomon. A man named Agur takes credit for this chapter. Agur's name is derived from the Hebrew word that is understood as “collector.” Perhaps his name is descriptive of Agur’s behavior and habits.    Agur self-defines himself as…

Is That the Gospel?

Gospel = Good News! I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel…

What is a Local New Testament Church?

Two Identities The Church of God has two identities. One identity is all the born-again followers of Jesus from the birth of the Lord’s Church until Jesus’ return to earth, ending the time of grace and favor of God granted through faith in His Son. This church is theologically referenced as the Universal Church. The other…

Death by Water

The Power of Water God’s creation is amazing!  When a woman is with child, something wonderful happens in the mother’s body, it begins to prepare the soon-to-be mother with a supply of milk for the soon-to-be born baby. The milk is all that is needed to nourish the newborn babies for months. Watered Down Nutrients…

Free Will vs. Total Sovereignty

From One Extreme to Another For thousands of years before the fire of the Holy Spirit filled the followers of Jesus establishing the Lord’s Church, people grappled with the nature of free will and sovereign control of human life. Long before men became philosophers, people attributed the outcome of life’s events to actions that offended some…

Repent or Renovate

What is Repentance? Many of today's church groups have conflicted what the bible teaches about repentance. A new application of the act of repentance in many church groups is actually a renovation of your life. Webster defines renovate as, “to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding; to restore to…

Snowflake Church Members – Part I

What is a Snowflake?   Historically the word “snowflake” has been used to define people holding a similar worldview. In the past “snowflake” has been employed to describe people who opposed the abolition of slavery, people who opposed fascism among many more uses.  In today’s culture, the word “snowflake” has been attributed to a group…

Can you Judge a Book by its Cover?

Living the Christian life is sometimes complicated. Jesus taught concerning judgment, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” and in the same teaching said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” We are warned to judge the behavior and actions of others to identify false teachers and at the same time we are taught to…

Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas?

What is in a Date? Christmas is not a biblical holy day. There is not one biblical reference to the church celebrating  the birth of Jesus. The day Christmas is celebrated, December 25th is not even close to the time of year Jesus was born. However, this date has a prominent place in  the pagan…

Sovereign Grace or Random Selection

God is Benevolent and Loving The Bible reveals to the world a God who is a Holy, righteous and loving God, who exercises His sovereignty over heaven and earth in a benevolent loving manner.  Many of the students of John Calvin’s theology recast this benevolent and loving God into that of an evil despot. As…

Should a Christian Fear God?

The Terror of the Lord Many of the voices in Christendom today have narrowed the nature of God. These proclaimers have elevated God’s love above all other attributes of God at the expense of a complete revelation of God. The Apostle Paul declared to the church, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade…

Who Do You Trust?

Betrayal Placing confidence in people is at best a risky proposition. Novels, poetry and news reports are chocked full of stories of reports of betrayal. The disappointment we experience when our trust we have placed in people is violated and magnified when we discover we have been deceived by a trusted friend.   King David spoke…

Finding God’s Purpose in Life

What is God's Will? Living a life as a follower of God is easiest to explain by the words spoken by Jesus, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” This simple statement made by Jesus has been the source of untold sermons, teachings, and books. Many followers of Christ…

Good Dog

Praise VS Food Dog trainers have depended on food rewards in training dogs to perform certain tasks as the preferred method of training.  A recent study called, “Awake Canine FMRI Predicts Dogs’ Preference for Praise Versus Food,” has revealed that this approach may not be the best way to train your pet.  The study gave…

The Gateway to Heaven

How does God decide who goes to heaven? This theological debate has been raging from the birth of the Lord’s church. Men have launched religious wars over this very issue. When the Roman Catholic Church’s power began to crumble, a new page in church history was created. Martin Luther boldly nailed his 95 Theses to…

♬♬ Or Would You Rather Be a Pig? ♬♬

It is Feeding time! Root hog or die was an often used idiom at dinner time in the 1800’s when it came to “feeding time” at the farmer's table. The metaphorical use of the idiom to describe the dinner time events was taken from the colonial practice of turning pigs out into the wild to…

Should I Be a Member of a Church?

Only God adds to His Church No action taken by any church group can add you to the Lord’s Church. Only God adds to His Church, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” When church membership is discussed it is clear we are defining a different relationship than a…

The Right Thing To Do

Truth in the Words of Jesus God’s word declares, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Followers of Christ seek to draw men to the teachings of Jesus but often find the truth in the words of Jesus, “strait is the gate, and…

Distractions in Your Way

Remaining Focused The great challenge to success is the ability to remain focused on any given issue long enough to complete the undertaking and bring to completion a task. When spiritual issues are the challenge you are facing, you not only have to resist your own distractions but you must “wrestle” Satan as he puts his own…

Have You Solved the Problem?

What separates mankind from the rest of nature? The ability to solve complex problems. Why did God create mankind with a great intellect that is able to address and resolve complex problems? The answer may be found in this passage of scripture: “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I…

Are You a “Lone Wolf” Christian?

What makes you a Lone Wolf? As applied to human behavior, a lone wolf is defined as, “a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.” This behavior in humans is a reflection of the behavior of nature. Wolves by instinct are social in behavior and group together for security…

Do Little Things Matter?

Doing More with Less In the fast paced lives we are engaged in today we often look for ways to do more with less. In the days before the Internet, if you wanted to be well informed on any given subject you had to have access and time to ingest vast amounts of information from…

 America Must Return to God

The Victor will Reshape… As Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 comes closer every day, our conversation, news, and daily discourses focus on the importance of choosing the next president of the United States. Politicians and their advocates promote different views on what America’s values, laws, and culture should reflect for the next generation of Americans. Indeed…

Where Do you Draw the Line?

As defined in the book The Church from Conception to Misconception, America's church is swiftly moving into a new post-Christian era. Churches are adapting both messages and methodology in their attempt to continue to attract people to attend their Christian groups. As America's Church continues to morph in this new post-Christian era, it is important…

The Decline in America’s Church

Americans Giving up on God The take-away headline in the latest Pew Research Center poll on America’s views on religion is, “Americans giving up on God, miracles.” Two of the interesting results of this poll are, “Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God” and they join the “nearly one-quarter…

Looking in all the Wrong Places

A Minute to Reflect It is our nature to look for the extraordinary bigger than life experiences to validate that God is real. God does do extraordinary things to reveal Himself to His creation but it is the exception not the normal. Sometimes God will manifest Himself in miracles but we can see God’s presence in everyday events…

The Priesthood of the Believer

The priesthood of the believers sets a believer free! The concept of the priesthood of believers is basic Christian doctrine that has been high-jacked by religion. Followers of Jesus should claim, defend and treasure the biblical doctrine of the priesthood of the believers. The priesthood of the believers sets a believer free from the control…

Can the Next Election Reverse the Course America Has Taken?

The political events of the past few months have caused many believers to engage in conversations about their concern for the future of America. The focus of many of these conversations is the hope that the right political party or politician will change the social and moral direction of our nation. We have seen the…

The Mind of a Child

The Apostle Paul when he instructed the Corinth Church in the importance of the practice of Christian love, made this comment about his understanding to Christian maturity: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put…

Dear Christian, Are You Ready to Die?

The current news events are abundant evidence that followers of Christ are under persecution.  Christians in America are being punished and put out of business in the wake of the current Supreme Court finding granting homosexuals “protected class recognition.”   Church groups are targeted by the homosexual activities for “teaching hate,” and will soon face sanctions…

The Alien Invasion

The Apostle Peter teaches us that when people become followers of Christ there is a change in their citizenship. He describes this change with these words, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” The writer of the book of Hebrews reinforces Peter’s understanding of this realignment a believer…

The Reflection of the Character of God

Is God’s character reflected in the Church you worship? God indeed loves His creation and His love is demonstrated in His generosity even to the antagonist that have not only rejected Him but have adopted a “reprobate mind.” The nature of God’s mercy is demonstrated in His desire for repentance that brings reconciliation and peace…

Jesus Is Coming!

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 22:20)   The record of Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection and ascension is found in the first four gospels. Each of the gospels gives a different view of the events of the life of Jesus from His birth to His…

Who Do You Trust?

The Top Three Trusted Professions Gallop Poll (a division of Gallup INC. that regularly conducts public opinion polls) annually conducts a poll of the American people’s opinion of the most trusted professions practiced in the public arena. The top three most trusted professions listed for 2015 were all in the medical field. The results of the…

Leave Your Pride At God’s Doorstep

In spite of the vast resources God has given to humanity to seek and understand the world we are born into, why are humans found lacking when it comes to the understanding of God and His revelation to His creation?  The answer is self-evident; we can know nothing about the ways of the eternal God unless…

Are You on the “Straight and Narrow Way?”

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets,…

It’s Time for the Church to Wake Up!

What would motivate a church group or an entire Christian denomination to abandon centuries of bible teaching and embrace behaviors that God has declared as sinful? Why would Christians seek to normalize behavior that God has declared as an “abomination” into the church? The answer can be found in the acceptance of moral relativism within the…

The End of the Means of Grace

Rest: Your Heavenly Reward The Means of Grace finally comes to an end when a sinner takes his last breath in this world. This is a wonderful thing to consider. This simple truth forecasts something incredible and very comforting just up ahead. And what is that awaits us when this pilgrimage is over? It is…

There is Something About That Name

A recent news report released the top names for boys and girls born in America last year, recording again the importance parents place on naming their children. Parents employ different methodologies as they labor to select the names for their children, some will name their children after family members, others after famous people, yet others will…

Is Your View of Heaven Correct?

How you view heaven is directly connected to how you respond to God. Jesus, explaining to His followers in John 14 His love for them, gives a glimpse behind the gates of pearls in the place we call heaven. Jesus said, “In my Father's house are many mansions.” From these words we can be assured…

Does the Lord’s Church Need a Face-lift?

In a recent interview with The Church Boys, a podcast delivered program, spoke with Thom Schultz CEO of Group Publishing, the director of the film When God Left the Building, and a self-proclaimed ministry expert. Schultz claims he has spent years studying churches and that he has uncovered a parallel between what happened to the…

Finding the Jewels Beneath the Surface

Did you know that the first language God used to communicate His revelation to man is actually three languages? You most certainly know about one of the languages of the Old Testament, it is the language used to communicate His truth. This language, of course, is Hebrew. But did you know that there are two…

Is the Church at Risk of Failure?

Let me set the record straight: The Lord’s Church was not, and is not, at risk of failure. The promise made for its endurance by its founder was sealed with His Blood. Indeed, the gates of hell have been opened against His Church, but yet she still remains strong and unwavering. What has been successfully…