As Christ Loved the Church
Text: Ephesians 5:25-32
How exactly did Christ love the Church? The answer to that question is the standard measure for a husband's love for his wife.
Never Mess with the Gospel of God
Text: 1 Cor. 15:1-7
The essentials of the Gospel are crystal clear, as is the response God requires from us. It is God's gospel and as heralds of that good news, we have no right to change, adjust, dilute or add to it in any way at all.
For the Cause of Reform in Kenya
Back in March I wrote, "Pastor Elly Achok Olare (Mumias, Kenya, Africa) has become a very precious friend of mine in recent months. He and I share a very similar background in that we both were at one time pastors in the word of faith movement."
You can read an article he wrote at the Gospel Coalition website entitled, "How God Saved Me from the Prosperity Gospel".
Pastor Elly had read my book "Twelve What Abouts" and wrote to me asking for permission to photocopy the book to hand out to his students. I said that with God's help, I think we (King's Church, Peoria) can do better than that.
This afternoon I had the joy of seeing photos of the 50 books we had sent to his ministry in Kenya now safely in the hands of Pastor Elly. He is more than delighted. He wrote, "My dearest brother, my friend and Co worker in the battle for souls, I have this day received with exceeding gladness the package of books you sent. It's a blessing beyond words and thank you a million times."
Many of the students Pastor Elly teaches have a Pentecostal/Word of Faith background and now, through Pastor Elly's ministry, five Reformed Churches have recently been planted in neighboring towns and cities in Kenya. Praise the Lord.
Lets pray for our brother and his ministry and may God use the books in these students' hands to drive many to God and His word, the true gospel of Christ and the biblical doctrines of grace.
Pour out Your Spirit O Lord and light fires in the hearts of many - for Your name, and for Your glory alone.
Hank Hanegraaff's Conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy
Dr. James White: A two hour program today playing nearly 50 minutes worth of comments (ok, at 1.2x speed!) by Hank Hanegraaff relating to his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy and asking the simple question: can an Eastern Orthodox believer function as the Bible Answer Man? Important issues to be sure!
The Case for God & Scripture
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
There is a God and He has revealed Himself clearly both in nature and in Scripture. All facts are God's facts. There is no neutral ground (for an unbeliever). Man is without an apologetic (a logical, rational and plausible defense). The fear of the Lord is the very beginning of knowledge and the Bible is self-authenticating, bearing the evidence within itself of its Divine origins. According to God, this is the foundation for any further discussion.
OK then, let's talk.
Always Thankful For Everything
Text: Ephesians 5:20
One of the evidences of being filled with the Spirit is a heart overflowing with thankfulness. Specifically, we are told to 'give thanks always for everything' - words which have massive implications concerning God's providential rule in our lives. Here's why:
Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs
Text: Ephesians 5:18-21
“There are two ways to commit idolatry: worship something other than the true God or worship the true God in the wrong way.” - Ligon Duncan. When we gather as the people of God, the aim should not be to keep as many people happy as possible but that our worship be pleasing to Him.
The Charismatic Deception
Text: Ephesians 5:18 - "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit..."
What does it (really) mean to be filled with the Spirit? In a day when charismatic error, excess and extremes permeate much of the professing Church, the cure, as always, is a proper understanding of the Bible.
The Best Use Of Your Time
Text: Ephesians 5:11-16
The rich, the poor, the successful and the unsuccessful - everyone of us gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours. 1,440 minutes. Time cannot be stopped, captured, repossessed, bought, slowed down, managed or controlled. We cannot change time but we can change our priorities, in order to make the best use of it. Here's how we can do that.
God's Will Found
Text: Ephesians 5:7-10
There are times when theological distinctions can provide extremely helpful, practical benefits to the Christian. When it comes to knowing and understanding the will of God, this is definitely the case. Here's why.