Contributed on Jan 19, 2006
WOW!! These people, with whom Christ would not associate, sure look like “good” people to me. I’ve never “prophesied in Christ’s name”. I’ve never “cast out demons in Christ’s name”. Based on outward results, those folks seem to be pretty nice people
A few days ago, I was talking to a person at the "Y" and he was telling me about a demonstration of magic on one of the TV channels during the New Year’s celebrations. You know how it goes, everyone has a better story than the one just before. In the course of time, another fellow told of a web ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2006
Almost any Spiritual action can be imitated by the energy of the flesh, or the control of the mind OR by demons. Therefore, we must be very careful to make sure that what we attribute to God is not, at its best carnal or at its worst demonic.
It is important to be alert to false doctrine, at all times. It is especially needful for a church that has "Systematic Teaching" as its foundation to be on high alert. False doctrine allowed to go unchecked can and often will destroy a Bible teaching church. Almost any Spiritual action can be ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2006
The Christian, by a simple choice, can either be controlled by the human psyche or by the Mind of Christ. Ok!?!?? Then how do we know when we are controlled by human psyche or the Mind of Christ?
We are the midst of a series on mind control, and particularly the aspect of the control of false doctrine over thoughts and actions. As we progress, if some of the things I refer to are not in your "memory bank", please refer to past lessons. It is not practical or even possible to review all ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2006
Please note the last phrase of both verse 28 and 29. Both have to do with this promised “rest”. In verse 28 Christ said “I will give you rest”. Then in verse 29 Christ tells us how we get that rest. Christ says that we will find our “rest” by doing tw
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2006
As individual Christians and as a church, we are somewhere in the “middle”. Our game’s not over yet. We don’t have to know the whole story, if we’re convinced there is a story, and if we’re trusting the Author for the conclusion and the “middle”.
Having a proper perspective is imperative to living the Christian life with the "joy" the of the Lord. The big question is HOW do we obtain that proper perspective? Life is a little bit like a good novel. Well-written novels are usually unpredictable. Good authors often do not know how ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2006
It matters not if you are a Christian or an unsaved person, in life the “BIG ONE” WILL come sooner or later. In God’s plan, because of His grace, He allows us to have the small (variegated) trials, so we won’t be crushed when the “BIG ONE” comes a
Proper perspective brings assurance and confidence. We have been looking at the desperate need for Believers to "Earnestly contend for the Faith, once for all delivered to the Saints". The Believer is bombarded from every direction with anything but "the Faith once delivered to the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2006
A mature Believer must have the hard steel of discernment and perseverance blended together with the soft steel of humility. True humility is not a groveling, self-despising spirit. It is a right estimate of ourselves, as God sees us.
Proper perspective brings assurance and confidence. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2006
It is the study, application and expression of the Word of God that leads to a Christ-centered life. In general, the Christian church, even though growing in number, is shrinking in depth of Spiritual Comprehension and Discernment.
We’ve looked at the need for every Believer to "earnestly contend for the Faith, once for all delivered to the Saints". To do so, we need to recognize and resist false doctrine. Unless we can recognize and do resist false doctrine, it will not be long until we, ourselves, will be caught-up in ...read more