You have got to stop listening to yourself. Of all the voices that can lead you astray, your own voice may be the deadliest. David was in the throes of depression when he SPOKE to himself—‘Why are you cast down o my soul’. He chose to STOP LISTENING to himself and STARTED TALKING to himself. David probed even deeper, ‘Soul—why are you in turmoil?’ He stopped listening to himself and did the opposite—he talked to himself. The worst advice you can get is the “self-talk” from your own downcast heart.
As long as I can remember, I've heard a loud lament from countless Christian leaders over the fact that thousands of churches cease to exist each year. But I recall only a few express grief over the utter ineffectiveness within the ranks of Christendom. When the Spirit of God has withdrawn from an assembly, closure is the best thing that could happen.
I have seen hundreds of church prayer lists over the years. One thing stands out: the vast majority of the Prayer Requests concern the OUTER MAN (the physical body). With that said, there is a larger emphasis in the Bible on the INNER MAN. Paul prayed, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the INNER MAN" (Eph. 3:16). Click "Read More" to read the article.
Kingdom Men are zealous for CHRIST’S KINGDOM. Company Men are zealous for “THEIR GROUP.” Allegiance to certain distinctives and “group think” must never usurp devotion to Christ. In the minds of company men is the belief that loyalty to the group is tantamount to faithfulness to Christ.
A professor at a "Christian University" recently guesstimated that 80-90% of both students and faculty drink alcohol regularly. Freedom to imbibe is now mainstream. Soberness, both spiritual and physical, were earmarks of the faithful in the not-too-distant past. But now the lines are so blurred that the obvious must be stated, and re-stated.
J. Buchler said, “If people were half as scared of offending God as they are of offending man, we would have multitudes of red-hot Christians.” Sure it will be costly to practice Truth. But it will cost even more to give account at the judgment seat for these accommodations. The time has come to get out of the public relations business by getting down to the serious business of obeying the Bible—regardless of the consequences!
Revival is when God shows UP and shows OFF. A blazing fire always draws a crowd. And any church ablaze with holy fire will not lack for a congregation. Whenever God is manifestly present in power, everyone knows it! For decades now, Revival fire has been the exception rather than the norm. But, those who have been in the fire are never satisfied with the smoke. There is this yearning for a return of the GLORY.
The purpose of this article is to equip you to minister to hurting people. I want to empower you to encourage those who are suffering. Our job is to minister “to” individuals, not “at” them. Sickness, death, job loss, divorce, emotional breakdown, immobilizing guilt, relational conflict and a host of other factors bring unspeakable pain to the hearts of people. Hurting people don’t need quick-fix, one liners—they need companionship.
FATALISM, INTELLECTUALISM, EMOTIONALISM, TRADITIONALISM, RATIONALISM, RITUALISM, SECULARISM, SENSUALISM, REALISM
"Heretic" means divider or one who causes schism. We think of modern heresy-hunters as those who sniff out doctrinal error and expose it. But Biblically speaking, heretics are those who bring needless division. They use a magnifying glass to discover blemishes, or points of disagreement, in and with others.