When Christians think and speak about defending or sharing the Christian faith with the people around them—the Scripture itself must be our first line of defense and reasoning. Scripture stands by itself as the infallible, inspired and inerrant Word of God. Scripture is God’s conduit by which He redeems lost sinners and changes the hearts of man (Romans 10:17). Even with holding the authoritative Word of God as the ultimate resource, there are still many who endeavor to defend the faith by first turning to archaeology, philosophical arguments, scientific proofs and rebuttals, canonicity or textual criticism to defend the veracity of the Bible and add to its credibility in the eyes of the unbelieving world.… Continue reading
Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” ~ John Owen
Sin is out of vogue with Christians today. Nobody wants to hear that they are perverted, disturbed, and deceived at the deepest heart level (Jeremiah 17:9). Having a frank and serious discussion about sin is not a popular thing to do in many churches in America. I heard recently that one of the nation’s largest churches has been described as a “sin-free, guilt-free environment,” and for apparently good reason. Sin truly is ugly and it makes people uncomfortable. So pastors have stopped preaching about it and Christians have stopped thinking about it.… Continue reading
Have you ever noticed how just a few words fitly spoken can have a powerful impact? It just takes a few. Can you think of some phrases that would fit that principle? For me, the first words that come to mind are “I love you.” You can probably list the people who have said that to you over the years and really meant it. Just three short words comprised of eight simple letters, and yet it can have an incredible impact.
The same is true when it comes to the Word of God. There are many examples in Scripture where just a short phrase makes all the difference in the world. … Continue reading
If you’re struggling with a besetting sin that seems to keep on defeating you, where can you turn for strength to overcome? If you’re trying to help a friend who is in despair, heal a broken marriage, or aid a believer who struggles with anorexia or pornography, what source of power can you point to that can surely change them? As I interact with various people about spiritual growth issues (e.g. depression, anger, spiritual disciplines, worry, God’s will, marriage, parenting, etc.), I have found that there is power in biblical counseling. I hope to encourage believers who crave for true, biblical change by identifying what I have been taught from the Scripture and godly men as the power behind biblical counseling.… Continue reading
I plan to take a closer look at each of the 10 Commandments over the next few posts, considering their application to believers in the church today. My goal is not to cover every issue in one post, but deal with specific issues as I work through the commandments. This first post will deal with the overall purpose of them.
First, let’s consider one of the reasons why God gave the people of Israel the Ten Commandments in the first place.
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I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.