Many things in life are easy to like. I like my wife. I like our children, and their spouses. I like our grandchildren. I like my friends. I like what I do for a living. I like my 32 year-old bass boat. No effort is required on my part to like these people, and countless other things in my life. But NOT everything in life is “likable.” So how are we to respond to the unpleasant things which give birth to negative feelings?
There are two types of preaching: 1. Preaching that “whitewashes sin” by failing to call it out in plain terms. 2. Preaching that “washes sin white” by unmasking its deceitfulness and proclaiming Christ’s blood as its cure.
Before one complains at work, church or school, they first do so in their family. People don’t initially complain publicly, but privately. It happens behind closed doors to those closest to them; their loved ones get the brunt of it.
The “establishment” consists of those who have risen to leadership positions within a group, organization, or governing body. Over time power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This holds true in politics, religion, media, business, organized labor, and ecclesiastically.
There are seasons of LOSS that come to every life. Nobody lives on planet earth without losing some-THING, or some-ONE, at some point.
Prophets were emergency men who spoke the heart of God into the people of God. In scripture, "prophesy" has two meanings: fore-telling the future, and forth-telling (speaking) into the present. Scripture states clearly, "Despise not prophesyings" (1 Thes. 5:20).
Every married couple experiences DRY SPELLS. It is not always matrimonial springtime—there are winter seasons as well. And these Dry Spells can affect your emotional and physical relationship. So how do you survive a Dry Spell?
Guilt is not an emotional problem, nor a psychological problem, or a mental problem. It is a spiritual problem which requires a spiritual solution.
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.