Grace places limits on our freedom, training us for the Kingdom of God. Our behavior must be clearly distinguishable from the non-believers in society.
Christ emphasizes that the internal, weightier matters, which change the heart, take precedence over external ceremonial concerns that don't change the heart.
John Ritenbaugh, continuing his expose of philosophers whose writings have wreaked more havoc on civilization than all military exploits combined, focuses on the life of Charles Darwin, whose book The Origin of the Species, ignited the childish, blind faith in evolution, a mindset which attempts to obliterate God out of the …
Like the fable of the scorpion who stings the frog carrying him, our carnal nature is set, causing us to act in destructive ways. Repentance begins with changed thinking.
In this "nuts and bolts" split sermon on overcoming, David Maas, using a list of cognitive distortions (twisted thinking patterns) compiled by Dr. David Burns in his book "Feeling Good," provides a practical technique for bringing every thought into captivity (I Corinthians 10:5). Numerous biblical and …
Our physical bodies have a defense system to keep out invaders. Spiritually, how well do we maintain our defenses against error and contamination?
Good spiritual health follows the same patterns and laws as do physical and psychological health. Any permanent change in character must come from within.
Sin causes disease, but the person who becomes sick does not necessarily commit the sin. Because God alone can forgive sin, God alone can heal.
Like the cycles of the seasons, the events of prophecy follow natural progressions. God has given ample warnings to His prophets to prepare His people.
Pride elevates one above God, denigrating any dependence upon God, replacing it with self-idolatry. We ought to boast or glory in the Lord instead of ourselves.
Over the course of millennia, only a few have been willing to hold to the covenant with God or make the sacrifice for building the faith He requires.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the false teachings seeping into the Corinthian congregation, submits that the ministers may not have introduced false concepts, but the membership, steeped in worldly philosophy, thoroughly twisted and misapplied the messages, adjusting them to the popular philosophical fad of the time. Similarly, …
We need to avoid the trap of self-justification, allowing our hasty words to lure us into sin. We must be quick to listen, and slow to speak.
Some of us fast-forward to catch a glimpse of the ending of a story. This curiosity is similar to God's showing us how life's experiences can turn out.
Homosexuality is not a lifestyle, but a sin directly against God, flouting God's creation of male and female, and perverting the natural use of the human body.
Moral legislation over the years has steadily eroded because antinomian liberal leaders, claiming that morality cannot be legislated, have rejected biblical standards of morality in favor of personal choice or private morality. Ironically, they, like many mainstream Christian denominations, have endorsed Satanic abominable …
Martin Collins, observing that our society has determined that everyone's opinion is of equal value?regardless of how ridiculous and sinful it is, identifies 13 fallacious reasoning patterns to which we can all fall prey. These twisted thinking patterns are seen in a number of incidents recorded throughout the Bible as well as …
Sanctification is both a state and a process—a time period between justification and glorification during which overcoming, purification, and holiness takes place.
Jesus Christ remained totally in control of the events of His trial, including His own prediction that He would be crucified under Roman law.