Posts Tagged: christ

Sow The Wind and Troubling News

Given the news lately, if you haven’t read my Whirlwind Series beginning with Sow The Wind, you may wish to consider doing so.  This is a link to an article from Natural News that says thousands of guillotines are being stockpiled in numerous American cities.  The intent is to kill Christians and conservatives when the…

The False Prophets of NAR

In the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the primary presumption is that God has designated the leaders in this movement as modern-day apostles and prophets.  They lean on Ephesians 4:11-13 for their Scriptural basis: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds [pastors] and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of…

Spiritual Authority & Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ever since reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, there’s been one aspect of his life and service to the Lord that’s bothered me.  We know Bonhoeffer best through his book The Cost of Discipleship.  It’s here where Bonhoeffer discusses the price that must be paid to serve God in challenging and difficult times.  And how hard that…

The $100 Challenge

Have you taken the $100 challenge with your faith?  Some ambitious secular people do it when they determine they will pursue success at all costs.  Maybe it’s something we should consider doing to pursue a life in Christ. Some years ago a fledgling,and highly ambitious, stock market trader by the name of Minervini challenged a…

A Chance Encounter With a Sister in Christ

Away from our normal environs, my wife and I were walking on a Florida beach late in the afternoon when I spotted a younger asian lady sitting alone, reading what could only be a Bible.  I resolved on our way back that I would stop and talk with her. When we returned some twenty minutes…

Christian Fiction as Preparation for These End-Times

While this essay may seem somewhat self-serving, my intent is a larger point than it being about me, so please hang in there if you will.  I began writing novels before I knew the Lord.  My first book wasn’t all that good, but it was therapeutic and cathartic, as it enabled me to express and…

NAR’s Last Days Revival

Our church has a seniors’ ministry which I’ve studiously avoided.  I certainly qualify in the appropriate age range, but I engage in a bit of denial.  When I meet people and they ask me what I do or if I’m retired, I tell them I don’t use the “R” word; I’m too busy.  That being…

Jesus Glorified – How Does That Work?

In church on a recent Sunday our pastor gave us a good reminder.  He emphasized the dual nature of Jesus: fully God and fully man—what is called the hypostatic union—which is completely incomprehensible to us.  We can understand half of one and half of the other, but 100% of both?  Does that make sense in…

Whom Will God Rapture? – The Philadelphia Church

Have you ever heard someone say, “God is a gentleman; He would never force someone into heaven who doesn’t want to go?”  If that’s true, and many of us believe it is, then why do we insist that God will force Christians (i.e. those who are truly saved versus those who simply consider themselves Christians),…

Martyrdom & NAR

Because of the ten years I’ve been associated as a volunteer with Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), I’ve gotten a perspective of the church and of Jesus Christ that, frankly, few Christians are privileged to witness.  In this time, I’ve read the classic book by Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured For Christ, a couple of times and…