During one break in Jesus’ preaching to the people, He took his disciples aside and warned them about avoiding all hypocrisy in their lives and ministries, explaining that “There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:2) Every Christian, especially Church leaders,… Continue reading Nothing Covered that will not be Revealed – but by whom?
What is your primary source for spiritual inspiration and direction? Is it your denomination’s leading newspaper or magazine? Or is it a book on the lives and teachings of holy men and women, living or deceased? Perhaps you are influenced by the teachings of the leaders and founders of other faiths – the Buddha, the… Continue reading Who You quote tells a lot about You
Anyone who has followed my blog or FaceBook posts for any period of time know of my great interest in Biblical prophesy. To understand any ancient literary work, it takes a lot of hard work, time and research. For each author wrote of peoples they lived among or learned about from others more-traveled than themselves.… Continue reading Rise of the Ezekiel 38 alliance of nations
Within mere moments of mankind’s fall from grace and our exile from the Garden, we received the promise of redemption and restoration. The third chapter of the Book of Beginnings guarantees that the heel of Adam’s seed would indeed crush the head of the serpent that led them astray. And for the next four millennia,… Continue reading The Focus of all human existence is Jesus Christ
The following is my response to a question raised by a Pastor friend of mine in the midst of a recent energetic back-and-forth on FB. Challenge: John, will you acknowledge that every sexual relationship outside of marriage is sin in the eyes of God? Response: I believe that there has to be an order in which… Continue reading Ministering to the Broken
Common sense is your natural ability to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way. It‘s an ordinary sensible understanding of a situation and the use of one’s basic intelligence without which good decisions can’t be made. Compare that to one apostle’s description of faith as “the substance of… Continue reading Is it Faith, or is it Presumption? – When your health is at stake you’d better be sure.
Some of the teachings of Jesus are simple and clear – others take more sweat of the brow (research, consultation, and prayerful seeking of the Holy Spirit) to get to the bottom. Jesus frequently used parables to teach the people that constantly surrounded Him. Parables of course are marvelous word pictures having giant spiritual… Continue reading Rich man, poor man – a message of Kingdom authority transitioning
As I mentioned last week, Jesus used many different styles to teach the people, but the parable seemed to be His favorite style of teaching. He explained to His closest followers the reason for the use of parables. Parables actually obscure much of the knowledge and wisdom of the Scriptures from those who have no… Continue reading Some important Biblical lessons I’ll bet you haven’t given much thought to – Lesson #2
Jesus used many different styles to teach the people, but the parable seemed to be His favorite. And yet, when asked by His disciples why he used parables His strange response was: “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has… Continue reading Some important Biblical lessons I’ll bet you haven’t given much thought to – Truth #1
I’m probably going to upset some of my church-going friends when I say this, but I’m not an advocate for blind faith or blind acceptance of the faith of my parents. When it comes to my personal and my loved one’s potential eternal resting place, I want to base my belief on the closest… Continue reading How do you test religious truth?