The Dangers of Compromise and Carnality

I read an article from Shane Idleman that was so profound, so insightful; I had to share it with you. Idleman entitled the article, “Why Are Christian Women Watching ‘Fifty Shades Darker’?” Which is the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Both films celebrate bondage, sexual domination, and perverted sexual activity. But his article doesn’t mention the movies. Instead, he deals with how our consciences have been seared so badly that these things don’t even bother us anymore. Think about it. As Micheal Snyder points out, we “can’t get through a major awards show or a Super Bowl halftime celebration without being forced to see things that would have been absolutely unthinkable in this country just 50 years ago.” Continue reading

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A Messenger of Jesus

Paul, a messenger of Jesus Christ by God’s choice, to all faithful Christians at Ephesus (and other places where this letter is read): grace and peace be to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:1-2)

The first thing we need to understand here is how Paul identifies himself as a messenger of Jesus Christ. But he adds that was God’s choice to send him. He wasn’t sent by any men or committee, but by Yahweh Himself sent him. Continue reading

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Look What He Has Done For Us!

The other day I explained that during our church gatherings we are going through Watchmen Nee’s book, “Sit, Walk, Stand.” Nee’s book is a commentary on various aspects of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: Continue reading

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A Look at Ephesians (Introduction)

For me, the book of Ephesians is one of the greatest letters of the New Testament. I have told many of you that I love reading and meditating on Paul’s letter to Ephesus as well as the letter to the Christians in Rome and Colossae. Ever since the early days of my faith, those three letters have moved me more than all of the other ones together (of course, I think I have said that about Jeremiah and Isaiah). Continue reading

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Are You Worthy?

I hate to burst your bubble, but our Father always seems to pick the least valuable; the least respectable; the least esteemed individuals, yet, He is also able to turn them into great treasures. Continue reading

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Drawing Closer

Raise your hand if you like to spend time with your Lord? You know, in “daily devotions” and times of prayer? According to Paul:

“God, who first ordered ‘light to shine in darkness, has flooded our hearts with his light. We now can enlighten men only because we can give them knowledge of the glory of God, as we see it in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Corinthians 4:6) Continue reading

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Living and Relating

Whenever there is a death in a family, the first thing folks will say, “Well, they are in a better place, now.” I struggle with that. Yes, I realize that it is an attempt to comfort the family and friends. But does it? If you are Bible believer, can we say things like that so flippantly? Well, if there was no evidence of a “re-birth” in their life, or if they had never publically or even privately, committed themselves in this life to the Messiah, they would not be in a better place. Continue reading

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