Contributed on Jan 2, 2018
Christians have been taught that the tithe is a "spiritual bill" they must pay in order to keep the "windows of heaven" open. Is it possible that this passage is being used to teach something that it does not teach?
As a child, before my brothers and sisters and I would sit down for breakfast, we asked our father what we could do to please him so that he would let us eat. He’d tell us. If we wanted lunch money for school we would ask our father what would please him. He’d tell us. At supper time, as we sat ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2018
This message challenges the doctrine, the belief, that God is responsible for birth defects. It also examines the question "Do children come from God?"
I have three children. At each of their births, my wife did what mothers tend to do – she held their hands and feet and gently rubbed them. I now know what she was doing. She was counting fingers and toes. And we always thanked God that He blessed us with healthy, normal children. A few years ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2018
The story of the widow's mite has been used to show Christians what their attitude toward giving should be. This message challenges that traditional and longstanding teaching.
Growing up I don’t think I heard a teaching about the widow’s mite that did not take the widow and make her the standard by which all of us are to give when it comes to our giving. “This poor widow woman came to the altar and gave her last mite. She did that for the Lord! What an example she is ...read more
Contributed on May 15, 2018
A brief look at Job 1 and 2. It took me about 50 minutes to deliver this message.
This is a message about how we're taught unbelief, how we’re taught to question God’s goodness in all situations. One of the reasons the Lord is starting to show me some things about how we teach unbelief is because in those areas where there is wrong belief, there is no faith. In those areas where ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2018
This is the first of three messages that will ultimately answer the question "Now that we are born again with God's life and nature and no longer have a sin nature why do we sin?"
Fifteen years ago I learned a simple truth from scripture. It’s a truth that explains why Christians commit sin after they are born again. It’s a truth that disagrees with a teaching that goes virtually unchallenged in the Body of Christ. The teaching I’m talking about is “I am a sinner saved by ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2018
This message takes a somewhat detailed look at Romans 6 and answers the question "Why do Christians sin?"
Many Christians believe they commit sin because they are still sinners. But the real truth is this: Jesus freed us from the power of sin. So why do Christians commit sin? That’s the focus of this month’s teaching letter. Let’s begin in Romans 5 with verses 12, and 19 through 23. (12) Wherefore, as ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2018
This is the third message in the series. This message examines Romans 7 to see if it is talking about a Christian struggling with a sin nature.
In the first six chapters of Romans the Apostle Paul repeatedly contrasts what it means to live under the law and what it means to live by faith. He says a person will either have a nature that is governed by the law or a nature that is governed by grace. He will not have both at the same ...read more
Contributed on Oct 30, 2018
This is the fourth message in the series
Is it possible that Christians are not sinners saved by grace? Part 4 This is the fourth message in the series “Is it possible Christians are not sinners saved by grace?” The first message was a brief overview of the the book of Romans and its continuing theme of contrasting life under the law ...read more