21 September 2013
The Word of God tells us that "in later times" some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). Many in "our times" are falling away from the faith as a result of reading or listening to supposed "Christian messages"; others may not fall away from the faith, but their faith is severely dented by such teachings, and they end up being tossed about by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). How can we protect ourselves from such "deceiving spirits"?
Categories: Worldview & Culture, Apologetics, False Teaching
Tags: Spiritual Warfare, Bible, Doctrines of Demons, Truth
12 September 2013
A couple of weeks ago, while advertising an upcoming Bible study to my local church, I referred to the old analogy of the word of God being like the ocean, with us never venturing deeper than paddling in the shallows. How accurate is this analogy? I believe that it gives most Christians far too much credit... most prefer to not even get their feet wet! Are we in the age predicted by Amos (Amos 8:11-12)? Are we staggering about searching for the word of the Lord and not finding it? Perhaps we need a sea-change (excuse the pun!)
Categories: The Christian Life, Spiritual Growth, The Bible
Tags: Word of God, Bible, Scripture
29 August 2013
I often tell people, especially those in the Bible study classes that I teach, that they should read a book of the Bible in one sitting (if short) or straight through, as they would a novel, and ignore the chapters and verses. Why is this important?
Categories: The Christian Life, Spiritual Growth, The Bible, Theology, Biblical Studies, Inspiration of the Bible
21 August 2013
I've been thinking recently about the concept of "sole source" that many (physical) diet plans advocate. Basically, the idea is that you only use the official diet "products" while you are on "sole source", along with copious amounts of water (usually), and don't eat "normal" food. How could this be related to a spiritual concept? Soul Source! This article contains the thoughts that rushed through my head while on the train into London one morning!
Tags: Worship, Word of God, Spiritual Warfare, Bible, Praise, Prayer