What Blessings Do We Have in Christ?

What blessings do we have in Christ? There are certain blessings that all regenerate believers have in the spiritual realm. I'm part of a Facebook group that was just discussing how misused or misunderstood the words "anointed," "favor," and "blessings" are today. I think so many times we tend to think of blessings as immediate, physical, carnal, or temporal (in the here and … [Read more...]

Breaking the Image

I'm reading through a chronological study Bible. It's the second time in my life I've undertaken to read the whole Bible. I'm struck by different events and things that aren't talked about much, even sometimes having forgotten those things happened. One such event is in 1 Samuel 5: The Philistines and the Ark. Israel and the Philistines had a fight and the Philistines had … [Read more...]

Stand Firm :: A Review of War Room

A Review of War Room the Movie Last week, I watched the movie War Room with our small group at church. I had read beaming reviews and I had also read warnings about it promoting contemplative prayer. So I decided to guardedly watch it. I braced myself for viewing an hour of Priscilla Shirer sitting in a closet meditating and chanting. The story line was more involved. However, … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Say About Compassion?

The Bible has a lot to say about compassion, and it's more than just a feeling. Notice how action is always the expected response to feeling compassion.

  No matter where we look in the world today, we can find needs begging for attention. The same was true in Jesus' day. Throughout the gospels, we're told that Jesus recognized the needs around Him and "felt compassion." And every time, His compassion caused Him to act. When you notice needs around you, do you feel compassion? Does your compassion compel you … [Read more...]

Aren’t We Inherently Good?

When you look into a sweet baby's eyes it's hard to think of that baby as a sinner. When you look at yourself, you know your good intentions and you know the justifications for your own sins. It's tempting to think the baby is good. It's tempting to think we are good; that we aren't "bad" people, committing "those" sins. We think we would likely choose the "good" choice the … [Read more...]