There seems to often be a lot of confusion when it comes to God’s grace. Does God’s grace mean that since I am saved I can kind of coast the rest of my life and not really do anything? But then why does the Bible also talk so much about good works and commands? Apparently, this confusion hasn’t changed much since the first century, because Paul addressed the issue several times in scripture. If we aren’t careful, we too can easily fall into the same trap of perverting God’s grace. Continue reading
“Oh no. Another one?” I found myself subconsciously saying every time I was expected to be at a group prayer meeting. So I started avoiding them. I couldn’t even put a finger on when it started – when I started hating prayer. I mean, how can someone who claims to love God and even works in ministry hate prayer?
The Bible is the most popular book in the world, and naturally churches often encourage their congregation to read it regularly. But usually that is as far as the instruction goes. People are often told why they should read the Word of God, but rarely are they told how to read the Word of God. The first thing we, as the church, do for a new believer is give them a Bible. But then for some naive and ignorant reason, we just assume they will automatically know how to read and interpret it correctly. It’s like telling someone (that doesn’t know anything about money) that they should really get their finances in order, without giving them any practical steps or guidance on how one might go about doing that. People don’t just need to be told to read their Bible, they need to be told how to read their Bible. While it would be impossible to list every important aspect, here are 9 tips to get you started in the right direction.
Today as you read this, thousands of babies will be aborted and their body parts probably still sold; millions of children (majorly girls) are still being forced and trapped in labor or sex trafficking, and by the time you finish this article, at least one person in the United States will have been sexually assaulted
I’ve often said or heard this excuse and maybe some of you have as well when your faith started to feel like a duty. “Reading the Bible everyday is too religious.” The cycle usually goes something like this: We have a radical spiritual experience and realize that we really need and want to get to know the Bible better. So we are all excited and determined to read through the whole thing.
The next morning we will get our coffee and a journal, snap a selfie for Instagram and start at “In the beginning”. We read a couple chapters, slowly coming down from that spiritual high. But as the days go on and Genesis turns into Exodus and then Exodus turns into Leviticus we find ourselves not being as gung-ho as we once were. We start to periodically skip a day, and then two. And before we know it, we are right back where we started. Continue reading
It’s true. Ultimately, Jesus didn’t die for you. But walk into just about any church and before you even find the coffee, which is your only hope for not awkwardly standing out, you’ll hear someone say, “Jesus died for you!” Unsure of how to respond, you hesitantly, yet politely reply, “Thank you?” Wanting to convince them that this isn’t your first church service, with a confident head nod you inject a more ‘religious’ response. “And also for you!” Continue reading
As an unmarried man with a nonexistent sex life, obviously I feel qualified and seasoned enough to write about the intricacies and mysteries of sex and marriage. Even to the point of giving advice so that your sex life and marriage won’t disappoint you or not live up to your expectations. I mean, somebody has to talk about it right? Continue reading
I used to be of the mindset “give him a bible and let him preach!” I’d shake my head at anyone who mentioned any sort of qualifications needed for someone to do ministry, thinking those were just made up legalistic rules to create a sense of order. I’d argue how of all of the disciples were extremely uneducated and unqualified, yet preached the gospel and reached the masses. Continue reading
My girlfriend and I were talking one night about how people always pray for the easy way out. How anytime they endure any form of suffering, mild or severe, they complain how could God ever do that to them and instantly start praying for Him to take the pain away (easy to say when life is pretty comfortable). My pride blinded the fact that I was talking about myself. Continue reading
This week at the end of a church service, I watched as several men and women gave their testimonies and got baptized. It was unsettling how many of the women’s testimonies included some sort of wound stemming from a past boyfriend or a guy at some party. Many of them having been raped, manipulated or talked into doing something that they didn’t want to do. Continue reading