Infant baptism

Children of God

“As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13 (NKJV)[1] The next time you hear someone…

hiding behind a curtain

What’s Holding You Back?

When I look at the persecuted church today, I’m baffled. These “secret” believers don’t tell their family, friends, or co-workers that they’re Christians. They don’t preach in public either. I want to ask them, “What’s holding you back – torture, losing your job?” These dangers are real. Yet the early church didn’t exist in secret.…

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Learning to See Like Jesus

I have tried to find the image of my Master upon the faces of those from whom I differ, and God has overpaid me a thousand fold. ~ Eugene Stock (1836-1928), Church Missionary Society secretary I once heard Mitchell Tolle, a well-known Christian painter and preacher, say that learning to paint is really learning to see.…

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The Coming Antichrist: Church

I experienced a rude awakening at church this past Sunday. During the worship part of the service, a black and white pyramid (made up of four smaller ones) flashed behind the lyrics on the video screen. [See right.] In shock, I refused to stand. I wouldn’t even sing. I didn’t want to give evil God-speed.…

Islam and politics

Political Islam

Political Islam in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”: sounds scary, doesn’t it? Obeying Sharia law in courts, observing Ramadan in school, banning pork in supermarkets and restaurants: what else is possible? Well, guess what? American Christians who ridicule political Islam are ignorant hypocrites! The Islamic caliphate is little different…

Old and new wineskins

Swept and Garnished

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out,’ and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other…

The spirit of Pentecost

The Wonderful Works of God

“We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” – Acts 2:11[1] “Jesus” is a modern English translation of the nominative Latin Iēsūs or Iēsous, which is a transliteration of Ἰησοῦς in Koine Greek (Strong’s).[2] This name is itself a transliteration of Yēshūăʿ in Late Hebrew, the Classical Hebrew name being…

It is finished - Jesus Christ on the cross

Call His Name JESUS

“She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21[1] [Please see “The Wonderful Works of God” for the correct etymology of “Jesus” and “Yeshua.”] Tomorrow is Good Friday. On this day, nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ died…

Heresy: Michael Gungor

I did not think innovation was possible in musical concerts until I saw the Christian rock band Gungor in 2011. Most artists just appear on stage, either alone or with their bands, and play some songs – first fast, then medium, and finally slow. They think the purpose is to create an atmosphere for worship. Although…

Abortion: A Culture of Death

Have pro-lifers taken a serious look at how abortion is portrayed in pop culture – television, films, music, etc? It’s not rampant like homosexuality and gay marriage, which really started with Will and Grace (1998-2006), but abortion still crops up. I don’t think we can combat this moral issue at the cultural level unless we analyze…

Open up the Heavens

When Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River, the heaven or heavens “opened.”[1] [See Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-22.] The Holy Spirit descended like a dove as God the Father spoke audibly to everyone present. It was a public event. Heaven won’t open again publicly until Jesus’ Second Coming (Revelation 19:11). God’s…