Faith is public not just a private affair (Psalm 40)

keep-calm-and-live-out-loudI was challenged by a friend of mine on Facebook today to take time to read Psalm 40. Boy am I glad that I did. I would like to share some of the truths that I gleaned from Psalm 40 in this article.

A few years ago, while serving on the foreign mission field, I ran into people who had this strange mentality, suggesting that faith and our relationship with God was something that we keep in our hearts. In other words, faith is private and not a public matter. King David had a very different opinion. He boldly proclaimed his faith and relationship with God to anyone who wanted to listen. In the famous “Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus proclaimed that His followers are to be salt and light. Both salt and light have visible effects on the world around them. In other words, Jesus and David both teach the same principle, that faith is to be very public, that we should be ready to share about our relationship with God with anyone who will listen. Continue reading

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Striving to live a disciplined life

disciplineIt has been a lot of fun teaching through II Thessalonians. I have taught this book many times and, each time I teach through it, I learn new things about God and new things about myself.

If you have been following this series, you are aware of the previous lessons and what they teach. If you have not been following the series, take a moment to play a little catch up by reading the following articles.

  1. The importance of communication
  2. Genuine faith endures persecution
  3. Concerning the Day of the Lord
  4. The Church and the Day of the Lord 
  5. Praying for your disciples

The previous lesson focused on prayer, specifically, praying for your disciples, that they would grow in their knowledge of the Word of God, that they would grow in their faith, that they would grow in their love, and that they would continue making more disciples.  Continue reading

The Urgency of the Gospel

photoI was trained by some of the best disciple makers in the world and, as they were investing in me, they invested the idea of the urgency of the Gospel. As I have grown in my faith by walking with the Lord, and as I have grown in the ministry, I have noticed that there are many “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ who have a much different philosophy of ministry than the one I was taught. Part of that includes a lack of urgency when it comes to making disciples and getting the Gospel out to the lost and dying world. I would like to examine the Scriptures and focus on the idea of the urgency of making disciples because the days are evil. Continue reading

What are the deeds worthy of repentance?

screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-4-10-02-pmThis is an article written by my good friend and brother in Christ, Alexei Tentiuc. It was originally written in Romanian and I have translated it into English so that you may be just as blessed by it as I was.

The deeds of repentance do not come about from your own will power. The deeds of repentance come as a result of a changed mind. “Metanoia”, the Koine Greek word that is translated “repentance” in English simply means “a change of mind”. A person who has experienced genuine repentance has had a radical change in his way of thinking take place. The way that he views things also change as a result of the change in his way of thinking. As a result of a change in thinking and faith in Jesus Christ, a person who has repented will also see a change in his actions. This is what the Bible teaches on the subject of repentance, faith, and the deeds worthy of repentance. Let’s take a look for ourselves in the Word of God to discover these important truths. Continue reading

God’s Great Calling for YOU

I am preparing to speak at our annual Kids’ Express graduation this coming Thursday evening. I am excited to see the little ones who have gone through our program showcase what they have learned over the past 3 or 4 years. The best testimony of their hard work is when they enter kindergarten far ahead of their piers who did not attend Kids’ Express. I am so thankful for our teachers and leaders in Kids’ Express, as well as the parents who are working hard to invest in their little gifts from the Lord.

In the past, I have spoken about the importance of investing in the spiritual lives of our kids, just as much as we invest in their physical needs, education, and hobbies. Continue reading

Resurrected to different rewards

Contrary to popular belief, heaven will not be equal for all. Heaven will not be a communistic dream where everyone receives the same, no matter what they did on this earth. I would like to examine a couple of Jesus’ teachings on the kingdom of heaven. After that, we will take a look at what Paul teaches about the rewards that await us after this life is over.

If you will take a look with me at Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus. Continue reading

The parable of the wheat and tares

I am getting ready to teach at Fishermen’s club this week. We have been covering the parables of Jesus.

This week, we are going to cover the parable of the wheat and tares. In order to see what we can learn from this parable, take a moment to read Matthew 13:24-30. Continue reading

Genuine faith produces good works

Our staff is going to meet later on today and continue our walk through the book of James. Our topic this week is faith and works. Our main passage is James 2:14-26. Are the two separate or do they have anything to do with one another in God’s economy? Some teach that you have to work for your salvation. Others say that faith alone is enough and works have nothing to do with salvation. There are some who argue that James and Paul contradict each other in their epistles, claiming that Paul teaches faith alone and James teaches faith with works. Is this true? Continue reading

Beware that you are not a false believer

I am getting ready to teach Lesson 3 from the Bible study course, “Being a disciple: Counting the Real COST” to my preschool teachers. I love these lessons because they are very challenging to all of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ.

It is always good to examine ourselves and our way of life to make sure that we measure up to the high calling that God has given to us, to follow Christ. This is one reason that the Lord’s Supper exists. We examine our daily lives to see if we are living up to God’s standards. This lesson is a great lesson for self-examination and I pray that God will use it to search your heart the way that He did to search my heart. Continue reading

Do all things through Christ who enables you

As I prepare to teach Philippians 4 tonight, I am excited about all that God is going to teach us. God has done some awesome things over the past 10 weeks and I am excited to see what He is going to continue doing. The previous lesson dealt with pressing on to the goal of knowing Christ intimately. It was neat to be challenged in our relationship with Christ. This week, we are going to take a look at the overview of Philippians 4.

In order to understand the chapter, we need to get some context. The theme of the epistle is found in Philippians 4:4. Philippians teaches us how to rejoice in every circumstance of life. In chapter 1, we rejoice by preaching the Gospel in every circumstance of life. In chapter 2, we rejoice by having the attitude of Christ in every circumstance of life. In chapter 3, we rejoice by knowing Jesus Christ intimately. Now, in chapter 4, we rejoice by doing all things through Christ who enables us. Continue reading