While Jesus never explicitly commanded his disciples to fast, it seems he assumed they would (Mat. 6:16-18). Jesus participated in an intense, forty day long fast before he went into public ministry (Mat. 4:1-11). The early church fasted and prayed before important decisions (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23). As those who desire to pattern ourselves after the […]Read More Why You Should Fast this Year
With the new year comes the hope for new life; resolutions are made, gym memberships are purchased, and revised budgets abound. Of course, we dare not give thought to the similar decisions we made in the previous year but failed to follow through. Yet, thinking on our weaknesses can be instructive and valuable if we […]Read More The Spirit Gives Life
Over the past few years Hotels.com put out a series of commercials with a character known as Captain Obvious. His purpose within the sketch was to point out the obvious items that customers missed when booking their room (which, of course, they were completely aware of once they arrive). Sometimes we miss the obvious as […]Read More Missing Jesus for the Scriptures
While Jesus said that the kingdom of God would be made of with a child-like faith, he didn’t intend for us to be childish in our reasoning. Here are three types of immature mentalities we need to stop using today.Read More Stop Thinking like a Child
President George Washington is credited with saying, “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” Sage advice. Sadly, excuses abound where responsibility is expected. Adam thought he could avoid the consequences for neglecting his God given duty by blaming his wife (Gen. 3:12); Cain thought he could excuse his guilt by simply […]Read More 4 Excuses Leaders Should Stop Using
As a father, there are certain habits I must require my children to which otherwise they wouldn’t. For example, I tell them to brush their teeth, clean their room, watch how they talk to each other, etc. Yet there is one habit I don’t need to enforce: eating. While there are times when I have […]Read More 3 Reasons for Daily Bible Study
It’s believed that the average American eat around a 1,996 pounds of food over the course of an entire year. That’s nearly one ton of food. Between the years of 2007-2014 U.S. consumers wasted 150,000 tons of food every day. An incredible amount of consumption and waste. In view of those statistics, we might ask: […]Read More Do You Consume or Contribute?
Martyrdom is a word we rarely use in our modern world; mainly because we don’t believe truth is worthy of our death. Our pejorative use of the term betrays how little we think of those who willingly sacrifice self for something which transcends their temporal comfort; “Don’t make yourself a martyr!” And we mean it—martyrs […]Read More The Martyrdom of Stephen
A 2017 Pew research form discovered an increasing number of Americans (27%) describe themselves as “spiritual” rather than religious. Another group (48%) describe themselves as both “religious and spiritual”. What exactly does it mean to be spiritual? Today’s Christian circles often equate spiritual activity with hyper-emotionalism. Because of this, when they come into a worship […]Read More What Does it Mean to be Spiritual?
The book of Revelation is written to a persecuted church from a persecuted apostle. John writes the revelation on the island of Patmos where he is located, “On account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1:9). In the midst of such suffering John reminds the church of their victory through […]Read More To the One Who Conquers: The Tree of Life