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The Guarantee of Holiness

“Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins and art born of God,” said puritan William Gurnall, “unless thou canst prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy.” There is no such thing as an unholy Christian (at least in any ongoing sense.) Can Christians commit any sort of sin? Yes. Can Christians repeatedly commit sin? Yes. Can Christians commit the worst of sins? Yes. But it is inconceivable that a person could be a Christian without holiness…

Disinterestedness

Disinterestedness. This compelling word is not about what you might expect. We have all seen (and been) the disinterested student, expressionless, gazing into some unknown blank space outside the classroom, waiting out the final eternal moments of the professor’s pedantic, sleep-inducing hum. That describes a use of the word, but not our use. What we wish to say with this word is immensely desirable; it was once employed to describe the best of conditions of the believer. The following intriguing…

The Unrepenting Repenter

The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the…

What It Means To Love Christ

Do you love Christ? Let’s start to answer that question by asking another: Is love something you feel, or something you do? Love is undoubtedly seen in action, even when feelings are fugitive. We all believe we should obey the Lord even if our heart isn’t necessarily warm toward him. Surely we are living in love when we rule against our negative emotions in order to obey. A missionary says he loves Christ as he goes to serve others, but…

Check Your Guns at the Door: Responding Like Christians to Social Media, Blogs and Web Forums

Those of us who have a ministry of writing are usually pretty tough folks. Many of us have been in the combat zone for quite a while and can take almost anything that is said by readers of our articles. This short plea to social media, blog and forum participants is more about my embarrassment for all of us who are web-interactive Christians than it is for my own hide. In short, I’m appealing for etiquette characteristic of believers in…

Christian, Rethink Your Public Speech

Believer, if you truly relish a life of turmoil, public anger, boiling arguments, caustic debates and throwing out verbal darts like porcupine quills, you will genuinely help the cause of Christ by not identifying publicly as a Christian. I’m serious. We are in desperate need of Christian wisdom, but not barbaric untamed and undignified rhetoric. It’s doing us no good. Try this test of your speech first: “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of…

Busy Unlike Jesus

We fail to remember the walking that Christ and the apostles did. In our frenzied lives, failing to remember that these men walked every place they went may fix in us a very wrong view of Christian ministry, Jesus and his followers had time to process, to meditate, to ponder with brothers, to detoxify after encounters with lies and demons and countering authorities. Not only did the walks give them the space and time they needed, it also strengthened them…

My Preferred Way to Read the Bible

It’s presumptuous for a man to suggest that he knows the best method for everyone to read the Bible. But I’m going to tell you the way that I best read the Bible . . . and why it works so well for me. I’ve been a Bible reader for many years and the plans I’ve followed are certainly varied. At times I’ve read the Bible through every seven weeks. I believe I even read it in a month a…

My Darkest Night; Hopefully Not Yours

At 3:30 a.m., I awoke to a black room, so dark that my eyes could not see even one inch away, much less to the other side. The simple room in a Romanian home in Brasov had one of those metal external shades that are lowered over the window, capable of completely deleting light. I was in the darkest place I had been in perhaps for years. And, since it was night and I was alone in the house, I…

Old Testament 180 Day Reading Plan – Part Two

DAY BOOK CHAPTERS 91. HABAKKUK ALL 92. ZEPHANIAH ALL 93. EZRA 1-6 94. HAGGAI ALL 95. ZECHARIAH 1-5 96. 6-10 97. 11-14 98. EZRA 7-10 99. NEHEMIAH 1-4 100. 5-9 101. 10-13 102. ESTHER 1-5 103. 6-10 104. ISAIAH 1-5 105. 6-9 106. 10-12 107. 13-16 108. 17-20 109. 21-23 110. 24-27 111. 28-31 112. 32-35 113. 36-39 114. 40-42 115. 43-46 116. 47-50 117. 51-54 118. 55-58 119. 59-62 120. 63-66 121. JEREMIAH 1-4 122. 5-8 123. 9-12 124.…

Old Testament 180 Day Reading Plan – Part One

DAY BOOK CHAPTERS 1. GENESIS 1-5 2. 6-11 3. 12-16 4. 17-21 5. 22-26 6. 27-31 7. 32-36 8. 37-40 9. 41-45 10. 46-50 11. EXODUS 1-4 12. 5-10 13. 11-15 14. 16-19 15. 20-24 16. 25-28 17. 29-31 18. 32-34 19. 35-38 20. 39-40 21. LEVITICUS 1-4 22. 5-9 23. 10-14 24. 15-19 25. 20-23 26. 24-27 27. NUMBERS 1-4 28. 5-8 29. 9-11 30. 12-14 31. 15-18 32. 19-21 33. 22-25 34. 26-29 35. 30-32 36. 33-36 37.…

Faith-Sized Requests

Few things are as fixed as mountains. But, on the day after Jesus cursed the fig tree, He declared that they can be moved. "Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him." (Mark 11:23) Did Jesus mean this? The writer of Hebrews thought so.…