Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now l live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
#3. We must abandon the entitlement mentality. Your church is not a country club where you pay dues to get your perks and privileges. It is a gospel outpost where you are to put yourself last. Don’t seek to get your way with the music, temperature, and length of sermons. Here is a simple guideline: Be willing to die for the sake of the gospel. That’s the opposite of the entitlement mentality.
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NASB)
Man has a sin problem. Man has a righteousness problem in that we don't have it. This poses a serious problem because one day we will stand before the Creator of the universe and we will be judged by God for our life that He has given us.
So I answered them and said to them, "The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.
But now faith, hope, love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NASB)
One of the statements that I have always made and the book by David Cloud that I am linking to back it up is that those who sit in fundamentalist pews are usually the most biblically ignorant among all Christians. This is due in large part to the cult mentality that they typically share. It expresses itself in KJV Onlyism and man worship among other things.
What is sad is that many of the people like Hyles and others are followed almost blindly and even have excuses made for them, but if you are a genuine Pastor out there attempting to teach and instruct your congregation to study the Bible for themselves and don't happen to use the KJV; well you are cast out, excommunicated, and cast off as a blasphemous heretic.
And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me. (Nehemiah 2:8b NASB)
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Once again Thomas Rainer with another great article. These types of generational shifts are happening and as it has happened time and time again over the past 100 years especially if churches refuse to acknowledge and embrace change they will close their doors.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. - John 13:35 NASB
Here are my notes from this past Sunday in their full form for those who would like to do a deeper study of the text and the message entitled: "Is the Cross Necessary."
The grass is always greener on the other side right? As the old saying goes that is what far too often many think when they become stricken with envy and discontentment. However, no matter what abundance anyone is able to obtain if the goal is to find satisfaction in material possessions then one will never truly be satisfied. After all, no matter what one has, the grass will remain greener still; on the other side.
Hyper-Separatism is a term many use when referring to the practice in Christian fundamentalism which requires a separation from the world that goes well beyond the biblical mandate into territory that is ultra-legalistic and breeds hypocrisy because no one can possibly live up to its own self imposed standards.