Category: Theological

This is a letter about being an overcomer in Christ.  Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21 speak of what we as believers will inherit if we overcome sin and the evil one.  To achieve such victory, we must rely fully on Christ.  So where do we begin?

The Battle Against Temptation.
When it knocks, why do we answer?

Consider this a letter from the trenches. The guns are blazing and men are dying. This is a war that was started at the day of our birth and continues until we breathe our last breath. There are no cease-fires and the danger never ends. To stand, living, until the end, we must be alert at all times, never let down our guards, and prepare every moment for the next onslaught.

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“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  And who is adequate for these things?” II Corinthians 2:14-16

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In Genesis 38 and following, Joseph experienced three degrees of apparent disfavor from the Lord, but he maintained faith through each and saw the Lord’s hand along the way…

As I write (7/6/2005), I’m sitting in a condo on Amelia Island, Florida, after a long day of deep-sea fishing (mostly on the part of my family as I paid penance to the sea and her waves). The beach and ocean can be wonderfully beautiful and awesomely powerful when untainted by the world. Nevertheless sin can turn such a paradise into a true temptation island.

Personal Ponderings Theological

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5

A series of events begun long ago, permitted to thrive from before my arrival into this theatre of conflict and strife, has affected many lives and rendered outcomes in stark opposition to the positions those instigating purport.

“It’s crowded in worship today / As she slips in / trying to fade into the faces / the girls’ teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know / farther than they know…”

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Church music discussions frequently center around the word, “chorus” (or “choruses”),…preferences aside, what does Scripture say?

The Church throughout history has been slow to step into her present day culture and has often distinguished herself by being culturally awkward or archaic, believing that adoption of contemporary methods is endorsement of contemporary sin. This has most clearly played out through Church music. Yet the full story is somewhat humorous. Traditional churches tend to shy from music from the current century (or half-century), thus for example, leaving today’s churches with music from the 18th and 19th centuries. To church leadership in the 18th and 19th centuries, though, such music was heretical and rejected (Musical instruments?!? Heaven forbid!).

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Why do we get married?  Why should we pursue marriage?  This article attempts to answer the latter from a Biblical perspective.

Our purpose as Christians here on earth is to glorify God and exalt His name above all. Thus, when it comes to marriage, we should only initiate that process if we see that together, a man and a woman can better glorify the Lord than can each individually, separately. This concept deduces further to encompass the consideration of who one should date or take interest in.

Personal Ponderings Theological

The testimony of a man of God who knew his place when the Messiah came and understood who Jesus was…to an amazing depth, a knowledge granted by God alone.

Reading through the first chapters of the Gospel of John this morning (May 27, 2004), I reached chapter 3 and verses 27 to 36. It is a relatively familiar passage of John the Baptist speaking to his disciples, but somehow in my mind, I had incorrectly attributed the last 6 verses to Jesus. That may sound insignificant, but it isn’t. John the Baptist is often remembered for his baptisms preceding Jesus and then for his doubt and questions after he had been imprisoned. What is often missed in that bio is the depth to which John understood Jesus’ deity.

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All mankind seeks security in day-to-day life, but what the unsaved world is ignorant of, is that Christ alone is the key and only solution to this dilemma.  This article presents this case with the support of Scripture.

Whether we realize it or not, we all often seek or place our security in things, circumstances, lifestyles, or relationships. Each of these can rightly give joy and peace to us as believers, but that derived joy and peace needs to be accessory joy and accessory peace. An accessory is an optional addition to a base product such that it cannot stand alone and does not solely contain the functionality of the base product. For example, a car with no accessories has the windows necessary to drive and see one’s surroundings. If we add a moon roof, it will give us a new and enjoyable view, but the moon roof alone is insufficient to operate the car. As children of God, our security and joy must first be found in and founded upon Him. He is the only all-sufficient and unchanging part of our lives. Possessions will be broken or lost. Circumstances will change in the blink of an eye. Lifestyles will be turned upside down. And relationships will fail to provide perfect satisfaction. For this reason, Christ said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Personal Ponderings Theological

“Who do you think that I am?” With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well. Consider what the Bible says about Him.

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