Holding to the truth
Today is a day of confusion regarding truth, and that confusion has invaded the church. Confusion reigns where the church fails to hold firmly on to the Word of God.
The letter to the church at Pergamum starts this way: "These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword." (Revelation 2:12) This double-edged sword is the word of God, which comes out of Jesus' mouth… Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 28, 2019 at 9:15pm —
Perhaps no area of our walk with God is more challenged by our culture today than the area of sexuality. Having strayed from the truth of God's word, as a society we no longer even know how to define gender. More and more, our culture reflects Paul's warning to the Romans:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 24, 2019 at 4:58pm —
This week my personal devotions are in Matthew 24. And I have been struck by a number of things that Jesus said in this chapter about the last days. I am aware that what I am writing may be disturbing to some of us. And that is not my intent. God is in control no matter what we face in these times. I have joked in the past that in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 where Paul says, “Comfort one another with these words,” we misread it, “Scare the life out of one another… Continue
Added by David Young on March 22, 2019 at 6:52pm —
A Grandparent’s Challenge
I received the special gift of grandparenting as I approached my midlife season. It was exciting to become a grandparent! However, I learned that along with this gift came a sacred trust to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness. Reflecting on my new responsibility, I realized my prayers were too general and vague and I became frustrated with how I was praying for my grandchildren.… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 21, 2019 at 11:50am —
A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions. A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions. Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their pastors on controversial topics. Long-standing mottos like "In God We Trust" get challenged.
All around us, the church is challenged and squeezed by a culture that… Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 19, 2019 at 7:34pm —
We face two dangers whenever we talk about prayer. We can make prayer seem so difficult that only the “super-Christians” can pray effectively while the rest of us just muddle along. Sometimes the stories we tell about saints who spent hours on their knees crying out to God end up discouraging us because we’re busy and tired and the kids are wearing us out and our job is a hassle and life feels like a burden, so even if Luther prayed two hours every morning,… Continue
Added by Ray Pritchard on February 28, 2019 at 2:41pm —
In 2 Timothy Paul gives us a marvelous example of integral hope in his life. Paul's life even at that difficult end was still buoyed by a higher purpose. 2 Timothy 4:1,2 reads,
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete… Continue
Added by David Young on February 25, 2019 at 5:28pm —
I have a confession. Growing up, it seemed the preachers always used at least one Hebrew or Greek word in every sermon to help clarify or explain the biblical text. This was good. It was helpful. I appreciated it. But I also assumed if I didn’t understand a word or phrase in the worship service, it must be Hebrew or Greek. So, my youthful observation led me to assume the word “Amen” was either Hebrew or Greek for “Sit down.” Every time someone ended a prayer with the word “Amen” we all sat… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 24, 2019 at 3:17pm —
According to Christianity Today, the United Methodist Church's General Session this weekend will be determining the church's stance on LGBT/gender issues. At stake are questions like whether to ordain LGBT ministers, whether to perform gay marriages, etc. (1)
The stakes are high in all of this, and there are believers on many sides in this issue. Words like "love" and "grace" get tossed around a lot, with definitions being assumed and never really spelled out (if you don't… Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 24, 2019 at 2:20pm —
Become an ABC Prayer Champion
Always Be Creative
When we are introduced to God in Genesis, God is creating something awesome and beautiful with a creative potential of its own.
When we gather people to worship God's attributes or wonder about God's word, to work with God…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on February 24, 2019 at 2:50pm —
Observations on Three Mega-Firings
For me, this past year has been the best of times and the worst of times.
The best? I’m a Great Commission-meets-Great Commandment guy who is radically blessed by a collaboration of nearly one thousand… Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on February 22, 2019 at 11:07am —
Determining core values needs to be a Spirit-led process. Although we borrow strategies and exercises from the secular world or businesses, we must never forget that we are part of the Kingdom of God. As such, God is leading, not us. We need to listen with an open heart and a spirit of sensitivity.…
Added by Robert Logan on January 30, 2019 at 12:30pm —
When your Pastor stands to proclaim God’s Word is there the appearance of being “prayed up?” You may or may not be able to discern this, but don’t assume that this is the case. Vance Havner borrowed an anonymous quote to describe the possibility that a pastor may not be up to date in his prayer life. "The devil is in constant conspiracy against a preacher who really prays, for it has been said that what a minister is in his prayer closet is what he is, no more, no less." Granted, it is… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 19, 2019 at 5:45pm —
Over 258 million people live in a different country from their birth country. Another 20 million are refugees, 3 million are asylum seekers and 10 million are stateless. There are many other "people on the move" who are not counted in those statistics -- tourists, seafarers, diplomats, flight crews and so on.
Here are a few questions to help you know how to pray for diaspora people -- whether your neighbor, the person next to you on the bus, another church member or someone you see on… Continue
Added by Katherine Lorance on January 1, 2019 at 6:56pm —
How do you exercise hope when you are grieving in the depth of your soul? In the 12th chapter of John Jesus showed us something about this spiritual discipline. Listen to His voice as his heart bleeds with sorrow in verses 27,28.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven:… Continue
Added by David Young on December 30, 2018 at 3:28pm —
Praying 25 Days of Christmas
Background to today’s prayer
Do you pray for revival?
Have you ever thought about how it might come to us…especially here in the USA?
Friends, it will…
Added by Mark S Mirza on December 4, 2018 at 6:00am —
Praying 25 Days of Christmas
Background to today’s prayer
There is an underlying foundation to these prayers, and it is the same now, as it was when I wrote these a few years ago.
And that foundation…
Added by Mark S Mirza on December 1, 2018 at 9:51am —
Is it a good idea to analyze or study one's own prayers to become more effective?
I have gotten different feedback from my Christian friends most of them negative.
From your point of view, Is this a worthy endeavor?"
It seems To Me . . .
- Evaluating your own prayers in order to congratulate yourself ("I give myself a 9 out of 10!") or to review and edit them so they sound eloquent or…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on November 20, 2018 at 3:30pm —
It is good to have Dick Eastman of Every Home For Christ and America's National Prayer Committee as my latest guest on the podcast. We talk practical prayer and some of the exciting things that God is doing around the world. You can check it out under "Christ Connection" where you listen to podcast or here is a link to the show- https://wp.me/p1Mbsb-CH ;
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on November 19, 2018 at 3:16pm —
“. . . I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1 NASB)
Why do you suppose we most often refer to David as the “psalmist”? It’s true 73 of the “songs” are attributed to him, but that’s less than half. Maybe we consider him the author of Psalms because we identify with his personal challenges and… Continue
Added by Kay Horner on November 19, 2018 at 12:00am —