Pastor and author Paul Dirks discusses his forthcoming book, Deep Discipleship for Dark Days, and explains why the time is ripe for Christians to embark on building healthy, godly families, churches, schools, and communities. Paul discusses how he perceived the need for this book at such a time as this, and lays out the scriptural rationale for whether rapid societal changes come from the political, natural, technological, or biological spheres, all such historical occurrences urge us to live in such a way that we are ready with a faithful response. A constant, general preparedness, and a particular discerning of the times (1 Chr 12:32) are interconnected.
This week we pause our series in the Ten Commandments to reflect on the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. In a de-christening culture, those who worship the true and living God should expect to suffer hatred and violence, even unto death, from those who worship the false god of self. But the Christian’s hope is the promise of light and life dispelling darkness and death.
To place our hopes in, or to succumb to fear of, anything but Jesus Christ the king of the universe, is to wrongly interpret reality. Scripture is clear that this is a sin to be repented of.
All religions and worldviews have a doctrine of life. The biblical understanding of abundant life is one that encompasses much more than non-death, but extends to the spiritual, social, and all other realms.
Our joy is far more impressive to those around us than what we preach or teach. John the Baptist joyfully exclaimed that Jesus, as he walked by, was the Lamb of God and immediately two of his own disciples left and followed Jesus.
Christians in healthcare and medicine sometimes think it prudent to keep their faith a private matter. There is a widening gulf between godliness and ungodliness in this sphere, and speaking up could bring trouble. From his own personal and professional story, cardiologist Dr. Ted Fenske explains how silent submission to evil is not an option, and that…
Four simple lessons here: call on God for deliverance; obey his word; go into the battle with faith; give thanks to Christ before unbelievers.
Amnon’s assault of his sister Tamar further exposes the systemic sin of sexual immorality in the House of David. Today, Christ’s sacrifice for sin cleanses, heals and restores all who bear such shame and guilt.
When the Prophet Nathan confronted King David with the king’s adultery, he demonstrated the challenges that face all those who would speak God’s truth to a sinful and fallen world both in his time and today.