“No cross, no crown” is how we referred to this matter in Part One. Throughout the Bible our present sufferings are tied in with our glory to come. I have already looked at some key passages on this, but many
It goes without saying that over time Christians are meant to grow spiritually, experience progressive character development, and increasingly become more Christlike. Scripture is certainly quite clear in what it expects of believers.
Those who are Christians have been entrusted with the gospel. That is just what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people
In this series I have been looking at the biblical truths about God’s presence with his people as they suffer. Part One looked at the evidence of this from the Old Testament and Part Two looked at what the New
In Part One of this article I looked at the issue of suffering as found in the Old Testament, and the wonderful truth that God promises to be with us in our suffering. He may not always deliver us from
Everyone suffers. The question is, how do we cope with it? The Christian believes various things about suffering, including the wonderful truth that we are not alone as we suffer. This is a major theme that emerges from the biblical
OK, these are certainly some rather large topics that I am attempting to cover in a very short article. But it follows on from a piece I penned yesterday on the absence or silence of God. In it I mentioned
There is not much new under the sun as the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us, and a basic knowledge of the past 2000 years of church history can help us quite a lot, especially to help us avoid past mistakes.
Avoiding unbiblical extremes and staying within the bounds of the data of Scripture is paramount for the Christian. I have been writing of late on issues of faith versus presumption, and examining the name-it-and-claim it and positive confession teachings.
It should go without saying that no Christian would want to be involved in magic – or at least most forms of it. Some things, like sleight-of-hand card tricks might be OK. But the magic I have in mind here
Anyone who knows a bit about me and my ministry knows that I deal with a lot of rather unpleasant stuff – evil, dark and destructive matters. Whether it is things like abortion, or Islamic jihad, or the war on
Anything that is good and of God will be abused, misused and counterfeited. In addition to the Bible we have two thousand years of church history to make this perfectly clear. Any and all of God’s good
One might argue that only a morose and maudlin melancholic or a moody misanthrope would dare to write such a piece (let alone offer such poor alliteration). OK, I confess, I am not exactly Mr Joe Bubbly. But one need
The world is awash with fake news, and sadly this is just as true in so many of our churches. Instead of hearing biblical truth, we are getting fake news preached from too many of our pulpits. Indeed, the biggest
Believe it or not, some people will be upset with my title. You see, some “Christian” teachings out there would question whether this woman is even a Christian. They might even claim she is a fake, a fraud, a phony.
If you really love someone and want to help them, you tell them the truth. If you don’t really care about others and just want to help yourself, then you tell them a lie. Regrettably this can happen even in