The more I read the New Testament, the more I realize that God has set the bar sky-high for those that would call themselves Christ -followers. Case in point. The Apostle Paul tells us in Titus 3:2 to "Speak evil of no man."
Many cultures believe in a unity or a oneness that remains constant in the midst of change. It is this constancy, this unity of individual things that gives them their identity. This concern is at the heart of the scientific endeavor and helps us to know how things in the world work. And the only philosophical resolution of this problem is found in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
You look for the answers where the problems lie. You seek the ultimate truth in an illusion. Something more powerful than you animates you, empowers you, guides you. Find the truth by faith.
The closing of the Canon did not stop any tongues. Rather, the Protestant Reformation began the greatest expansion of Christianity the world had ever seen. Tongues began to flicker for God all over the world, and they still are. Indeed, tongues did not cease with the closing of the Canon, but rather they began in earnest as the Bible was translated into every known tongue and exported to every known people.
There are lots of things in everyone's lives that fall into the category of important. What is the most important thing to you in your life? Is it your spouse or your children? Some might say it is their job. Some would admit that God is most important in their life.
When I read the Book of Acts in the New Testament, I notice a stark contrast between the gospel that the Apostles preached and the gospel that is preached in many American churches today.
Original sin is not an enduring punishment condemning generation after generation. Rather, original sin is a temptation of ego. We fall prey to the temptation by seeking power, indulging in judgment, and feigning arrogance. We are only free if ego is not master. It is our fault.
This article is a discussion on the possibility that the upcoming 2012 events will be the beginning of a utopian type of miracle world.
What we really desire more than anything is to have life and have it abundantly. To recognize the promise and fulfill the potential of life we must live by faith. A power greater than self is guiding us home.
We have a Romantic understanding of revival, as if it is a sweet and glorious time - like a family reunion or picnic. But real revival, real reformation is traumatic. It divides as well as unites.