The following is a brief excerpt from my book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan). Its focus is Paul's instruction in Ephesians 5:18-21, where he writes:
"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jes
(10) The teaching of Scripture on God's omnipresence is unassailable. In addition to what we have already seen in Psalm 139, note the following:The word "omnipresence" refers to the truth that God is everywhere: from here in the room where I sit to beyond the galaxies that the Hubble telescope is able to probe. Let's look at ten things we should know about this attribute of God.
(1) The best place to begin in thinking about divine omnipresence is the very personal affirmation of it by David i
The way you begin your day often determines the quality of the day. For this reason, throughout my adult Christian life, I've tried to spend some time focused on the God I love and trust. It truly does make a difference.
I often encounter people, however, who want to begin a daily quiet time, but they aren't sure how. They've perhaps tried before, but it didn't last.
It really isn't as complicated as we often make it out to be. The main thing is simply to do something, but in case you are
Grace! Many times we use this word and listen this word in church, books and praises. But do you really understand what grace is? And Are you filled with it?Here is 20 quotes on grace from famous preachers, authors and theologians. These help you to understand what grace is and how to work in grace and with grace.
If someone were to ask you what it is about Christianity that makes it unique among the many world religions, how would you answer them? What is it about the Christian faith that sets it apart and in doing so helps to confirm its truthfulness? What is it about Christianity that makes it so appealing?
During John Piper's recent ministry trip to Europe, he spoke at the Congresson Missione in Montesilvano in Italy. His subject was: Why God Created the World. I strongly urge you to read and re-read this remarkable article. It was first published at www.desiringgod.org on Saturday, September 3, 2016.
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).
There's no easy way around this story, so let me come straight to the point and say it as honestly, yet delicately, as I can. On the surface the story in Mark 6:14-29 feels more at home in the National Enquirer than it does in the Bible. I would expect to read about this sort of thing in the gossip column of some Hollywood blogger, but hardly in the Bible!
It was by faith that Moses made a critical decision: he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter (Heb. 11:24). Let me say just a brief word about who this woman may have been, because it sheds considerable light on the nature of Moses' choice.
There was something both interesting and baffling that I noticed in the issue of Christianity Today. It was a report on the results of the Pew Research Center's survey of people around the world. The question they asked was: "Is belief in God necessary to be moral?" Of the forty nations polled, China ranked lowest. Only 14% said Yes to the inquiry. Indonesia ranked highest as 99% of the people polled said Yes. The United States came in at 53%. Only 20% of those in Britain said Yes and 15% of th
One of the most helpful things I've learned in my years as a pastor is the crucial role that self-awareness plays in our growth as Christians. By self-awareness I mean the capacity to be honest and sincere when it comes to both our strengths and weaknesses.
Most non-Christians in our society at least pretend to hold Jesus in high regard. Rarely will you hear a non-Christian vilify Jesus or speak negatively of him. They will denounce the church. They will excoriate Christians. They often ridicule religion in general...
First, what is a parable? Is it, as some have said, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning? Actually it is a comparison drawn from the scenery and events of everyday life designed to communicate a spiritual principle or enforce a moral responsibility.
In the previous article I made reference to the Parable of the Sower and focused on Satan's strategy for subverting gospel proclamation. Perhaps we would do well to look more closely at this parable. Before doing so, I encourage you to carefully read Mark 4:1-20.
In Mark 4:15 Jesus tells us that when the gospel is preached Satan will often come and "take away" the word that is "sown in" the people who hear it. How seriously have we thought about the Enemy's efforts to undermine our gospel proclamation? Perhaps it's time we did.