In our walk with Christ, the slightest sin may grieve the soul. A good branch bears the fruit of righteousness and shows evidence that it is attached to the Vine. Jesus, the Vine, speaks of this fruit-bearing. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears… Read More »Backsliding

Mercy of God

We hear of the mercy of God, but many refuse to embrace it. Shakespeare had a knowledge of scripture. He made a revealing truth about mercy. “Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.” Sin is so hardened in the soul it resists the mercy of God. Only the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ… Read More »Mercy of God

Emotional Pain

Emotional pain is the norm. “Families are, with a few exceptions, dysfunctional….Families are rarely religious, and if they are, they are certainly dysfunctional.” David Mills, “Living in the Land of Cain” in Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. (2006).  Seventeen years later, multitudes of families are in the same condition, if not worse. David Mills… Read More »Emotional Pain

Knot of Vipers

The ministry of deliverance to those who have lived in flagrant sin, whether unbeliever or believer, is not a small task. Everyone living in the spirit of the world is in the breeding ground of vipers. Those who have received Christ may have to be set free from the knot of vipers. As a general… Read More »Knot of Vipers

The Harmful Impact of Idle Words

“An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.” (English proverb) One of the characteristics of an idle mind is idle words. One definition of idle I found is; “Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon “idel” which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of… Read More »The Harmful Impact of Idle Words

The Fragrance of Humility

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” (I Peter 5:6) There are many virtues of the Christian character. Humility is a virtuous fragrance that draws men to it. Whether they know it or not, this fragrance is emanating from those who have come to Christ.… Read More »The Fragrance of Humility

Christian Meditation

One of the challenges of the Christian is the practice of meditation. The purpose of meditation is for coming to know God through thoughtful, attentive, and regular reading of Scripture. Meditation is a spiritual duty which cannot be neglected without injury to a person’s spiritual improvement. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Meditation … lets us be alone… Read More »Christian Meditation

Neglecting Sanctification

Sanctification is the declarative act of God for those who have received Christ. It is a setting apart for consecration to the service of God. Those sanctified are set apart to be holy. They are no longer to live in sin and lawlessness. “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (I John… Read More »Neglecting Sanctification

The Great Gain of Godliness

The flood of vanity into our lives has antiquated the love of godliness. Consequently, contentment in one’s soul is fleeting. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon passionately pursued his desires and pleasures. “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them, and did not withhold my heart from any pleasure.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). In the end, Solomon realized… Read More »The Great Gain of Godliness

Security of Good Ground

Every ground that is good is centered in Christ. All other ground is sinking sand. There are many unbelievers and believers that are not on good ground. Sadly, some believers have wandered off the good ground centered in Christ. They have backslidden. “The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,… Read More »Security of Good Ground