I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts — Psalm 119:63
I believe that a Christian’s desire for fellowship is, in a way, a barometer of his or her love for God. The more we love God, the more we will love to be in the church, a part of the church, loving the church. The less we love God, the less we will want to be around other Christians.
Some people may say, “Yeah, but I am so over the church. The church is so critical and judgmental. It is so full of hypocrites.”
To them I would say, “Well, then, come on. There is always room for one more.” Read more →
It has been said that the best cure for hedonism is an attempt to practice it.
If you chase after pleasure, you will eventually come to the same conclusion as King Solomon: “I said to myself, ‘Come now, be merry; enjoy yourself to the full.’ But I found that this, too, was futile. For it is silly to be laughing all the time; what good does it do?” (Ecclesiastes 2:1–2 TLB).
The Bible tells us that if the driving desire of our lives is to please ourselves, that Read more →
For many years I earnestly coveted the gifts of healing and the working of miracles. The book of Acts intrigued me with its many thrilling accounts of healing—especially since those healings accounted for an important facet of the apostles’ ministry. So, I thoroughly studied the book. I read and reread every section of Scripture that dealt with healing
As I witnessed the power of God manifested through the lives of Read more →
If we are out of our mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. — 2 Corinthians 5:13-14
Adoring worship is an expression of compelling love.
Neither the word adoration nor any of its forms is found in our familiar King James Bible, but the idea is there in full bloom. The great Bible saints were, above all, enraptured lovers of God. The psalms celebrate the love which David (and a few others) felt for the person of God. As suggested above, Paul admitted that the love of Read more →
“Humble yourselves therefore order the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6)
This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the LORD will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the Read more →