Are we putting Christ in the Back Room?

We all believe (well, most of us) that Jesus Christ is God, and that God came to the earth again to provide redemption for a people that were horribly lost. I Timothy 3:16 declares that the God who created all was manifest in the flesh. John 1 shows us that this God was made flesh and dwelt among us. Just think about that! The Almighty, Jehovah, Yahweh, Creator, and Savior, came down to where we were…

And then what do we do? We make a nice quiet room in the back for Him to stay in and move on with life, our way.

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Video Version: Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns

This is the video production of Recognizing Cult Talk/Patterns Part 1. Recognizing the patterns of behavior, speech, and message of these organizations will save us from being taken in and help extract our loved ones from them.

You can read the original articles, part 1 and part 2 as well as watch this video!

Dreams From God

Coming from a Pentecostal background, and using Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 (and Isaiah 28:11) endlessly as proof that Speaking in Tongues was required for salvation, I always wondered why we summarily ignored the rest of the verse. Men and women prophesying, old mean dreaming dreams, and young men seeing visions.

I wrote an article on Cherry Picking the Scripture which applies to that thought, but today we want to talk about dreams, and are they from God? Does God give us dreams for warnings, for hope, or is it the pizza, the sausage, and the beer? Wait, Beer?

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What is a Ministers Example?

As a follow-up to yesterdays post, Should Shepherds have Sheep Servants, I thought I would share a Scripture that makes the position of a minister crystal clear, and yet so obviously not followed. And this might be my shortest post, ever!

What is most astonishing is that the word minister itself describes the reality of what it means, so why is it so misused? We exposed ministers creating Cadet servants, but the very word minister or ministering is the polar opposite of having someone take care of things for you.

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Should Shephards have Sheep Servants?

Too often the children of God, the Saints of His Church are referred to as Sheep (by Pastors) as if they [the Saints] were mindless, dumb, filthy and wayward creatures without the ability to care for themselves. Dumb, Directionless, and Defenseless.

And to give credit where credit is due, this article is inspired by fellow blogger Rebecca Davis @ HeresTheJoy.com. She wrote an article on the good ‘ole Sheep Sermon and it was articulate, intelligent, and absolutely correct. A commentator inspired me to comment in kind, and something that was said sparked this thought within me. Are the Sheep dumb, and only the Shepherd (Pastor) gets Wisdom from God?

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Having Been Absent, Thinking about Jesus, and Wildfires

Yes, I am still here! Having been swamped at work and life, it’s taken some time, to pull around the time, to find the time, to write an article… Phew, that’s a mouth full! Yet, here we are, writing, and thinking about Jesus.

There shouldn’t be a day that goes by where Jesus isn’t in the mind’s eye. This radical man who came and was pivotal in shaping the history and future we have. This power of God that came to transform us into Children of God through the giving of Mercy and Grace. How awesome it is to know Him, and how awe-inspiring it is to meditate on his creation!

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Why Legalism is Poisonous

Have you ever wondered why Jesus called the Pharisees and Sadducees Vipers? I never put two and two together until I started learning about how snake venom works, and specifically, Vipers. Ultimately, viper venom stops the heart by coagulating the blood. Life is in the blood. Stop blood flow, and you put an end to life. Coagulated blood cannot be pumped by the heart which results in death.

If he [Satan] can stop your heart, he can destroy faith in those affected by legalism. Far worse, is that poison takes time to kill, and the victim, at first, may not realize they are dying. The slow process is painful, destructive and excruciating to observe. Yet, God created an antidote, His Word!

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Praying for Hurricane Victims – But it’s not the Apocalypse

I am humbled by the sheer power of the nature God created. We are but sticks in the wind compared to these disasters striking across the world right now. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Urma, wildfires, earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars…Man believes he is at the top of the pecking order in this world, yet we are reduced to refugees when faced with the awesome power of wind, and water.

So what can we do in the face of such absolute power? Pray!

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Faith & Wisdom from Uncertain Places – Music

I think most people around my age (nearing 40) would agree, most modern, top hits music just isn’t that much of a hit. You have bumps, and grinds, tunes, and rhythms, but the mmph just isn’t there – there is no real depth, it seems shallow and its only purpose is to survive the charts for a few weeks.

What made music stick in the past and last for decades? Was it the voice? We have lots of those today. Was it the music? You can synthesize a professional band in minutes with modern software – what made some of that older music really stick to your bones and endure?

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Why I write about Cults

I’ve done two series now, the first on the Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles (and why that is significant in interpreting New Testament Scripture and Recognizing Talk/Patterns of Cults. In doing so, I’ve had to ask myself the question – why are you doing this? (Others ask me that too…) Well, I want to give the answer, and it will be short I PROMISE!

Most of my blog posts are in depth and long, meant to be meat and potatoes, educational posts, built with a purpose – but I have learned something in doing these – short and sweet topics of interest get much better attention. So this will be sweet, and short.

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