Christian Life

From the Journal of John Wesley

Yesterday, I was struck by a small post Rick Frueh put up at Facebook; I want to share it with you. Quoted (in full) Please compare how John Wesley began a new year with what most professing believers do. From Wesley’s journal: Saturday January 1, 1785. — Whether this be the last or no, may it […]

“If The Foundations Be Destroyed…?”

While there are any number of messages I’ve encouraged readers here to listen to and/or read, all of them excellent, this is one I have no problem with saying is truly prophetic. Sensing this in my spirit as strongly as I do, friends I do encourage you to read the intro and listen to this […]

You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture

Thanks to Steve for directing me to this post: I agree with the author (Brian Zahnd). You cannot be Christian and support torture. I want to be utterly explicit on this point. There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some […]

Cowardly

Spent a great deal of time pondering on Revelation 21:8 this week, especially the word Cowardly. This morning while reading a commentary on this verse, and the specific term cowardly, I believe I came upon a fitting definition. “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, […]

The Covenant Promise and Reality

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a […]

Charles Spurgeon: On War and Christians

The title chosen for this post is the name of a new blog I stumbled upon this evening. Friends, I highly recommend it: Charles Spurgeon: On War and Christians  If there is anyone who should be opposed to strife and bloodshed it is the man that names the name of Christ. Spurgeon considered the spirit […]

Yea Though I Walk…

Good post from Rick Frueh, “… those of us who truly know the Lord Jesus and imperfectly try to follow in His footsteps know that there are seasons where you walk in valleys, and some them very deep. We have faced many giants and have had spiritual challenges that literally affect our physical beings. How […]

Affliction

“The Lord does not measure our afflictions according to our faults, but according to our strengths, and looks not what we have deserved, but what we are able to bear.” –  (George Downame) Dear believer, I desire to write you about something with which you are well acquainted: affliction. Much has been written on affliction […]

Having a Right Doctrine but Wrong Spirit

THERE IS a saying: “You can be so right that you become wrong.” Sadly some in Church history were 100% right in their doctrines but in their practice they were wrong. The goal of the Christian life is to know and love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, receiving eternal […]

Men Of Another Sort

Remaining Silent: In Perilous Times

In the days when I was a police officer in Canada, the law was that it was a crime to do something that would cause harm to another person, but neglecting to do something that resulted in another person’s harm was equally criminal. Take a moment to think about that in light of the numbers of people […]

The State of the Miraculous in a World of Unbelief

Excellent post today from Dan at Cerulean Sanctum blog One of the hallmarks of the final days, as noted by Scripture, is a horrifying level of unbelief. Jesus said it Himself: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” —Luke 18:8b ESV The end of all things depicted in the […]

Responding to Believers Who Oppose Us

Good post at Jesus Without Baggage Jesus was not big on commandments. His opinion about rules and commandments were reduced to two. Matthew chapter 22 reports Jesus as saying: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And […]

A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine: I wish I was back in Mea Shearim

Someone may recall a post I shared earlier this year written by Craig Nielsen; Ever since reading fellow blogger Craig Nielsen was leaving Australia on Sunday January 6th to visit the middle east, (see: A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine) I’ve been watching daily for any new posts concerning what he witnessed. Today he’s posted the […]

When Facts, Opinions, and Dismal News on the Internet Overwhelm the Soul

Boy can I relate to this… Cerulean Sanctum: ‘Tis a Gift to Communicate Simple: When Facts, Opinions, and Dismal News on the Internet Overwhelm the Soul “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  […]

Pray in all Circumstances

This is a good teaching on the subject of prayer by Stephen Sizer, based on James chapter 5. The teaching begins by Rev. Sizer sharing a few overheard prayers from children that are so sweet I wanted to share them…  Have you listened to children praying recently? We can learn a lot. Here are a […]

Lets Keep it Simple: Die to Self, Surrender to Christ

The Folly of Arrogance

This little study based on Warren Wiersbe’s commentary on the book of James and posted by Stephen Sizer, hit home personally. Last month I had jotted down these opening words in an old journal, This week while searching for a book, I came upon this journal. Opening it to the last entry I noticed it had […]

“I Can’t Say Till I Know What’s In It”

 WHEN we were in Venice we purchased a few curiosities, and finding them burdensome, we thought of sending them home by one of the English vessels lying in the Canal. We went out in a gondola with our box, and having asked for the captain of one of the vessels, we put to him the […]

I’ll Fix Anthony

Love this little message… Late one summer evening in, a weary truck driver pulled his articulated lorry into the all-night lorry park at the M1 Watford Gap service station. The waitress had just served him his supper when three tough looking, leather jacketed Hells Angels motorcyclists – walked in, came over to his table and […]

Daily Fellowship with God

The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication […]

For Christ’s Love Compels Us

What a beautiful message from Stephen Sizer. I wanted to share it on this particular day when many of us take special time to ponder upon the ultimate service, love, and sacrifice of our Lord. John Chapters 13-17 are known as the Upper Room Discourse. What is surprising is that in the first twelve chapters […]

It’s A Miracle To Be Born Again!

Have you tried explaining to one not born again exactly what that term means? It’s hard isn’t it. Many born again believers, myself included, would say its actually impossible to fully explain. This is why I love personal testimonies. Hearing one “testify” to the changes brought about as a result of being born again is just […]

WE WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN

Amen Amen!  During the 1950’s the average family began to see some prosperity and had an accepted set of morals and even went to a church. The “Leave it to Beaver” concept was alluring. And when some of us came to faith in Christ we were introduced to a system of do’s and don’ts. We […]

Christian Activity?

Wading through some of my email today I came upon Andrew Strom’s recent letter to his subscribers titled, Do Christians Love Guns. He makes some excellent points. I am writing this because I continue to believe that US Christians are being “driven” toward something very ugly. There is a lot of nasty rhetoric flying around that […]

Associated Press poll finds majority of Americans express prejudice whether they recognize it or not

I had to send this to my sister for it deals with the very topic we were talking about yesterday! Which was how (some) folks who express prejudice (and the ugly signs of racism) don’t actually realize they’re doing it…nor can they recognize they (even) possess the slightest hint of these attitudes, for they are […]

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