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Avoiding the Sinkhole Syndrome

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In Ephesians 3 Paul offered a prayer for the Ephesian believers—a prayer that pertains to all Christians:

“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…” (Eph.3:16)

This is a very important request for every believer especially when living in stressful and difficult times.

I think that most of us would agree that the stress level in our lives over the last couple of years has gone up exponentially until it feels like we are living in a “pressure cooker.”  We have witnessed the economic picture in our country go from bright and optimistic to dark and pessimistic.

People are losing their jobs, their pensions, their homes which has left many wrestling with feelings of anxiety and depression.


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Don’t Jump Ship!

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I remember growing up as a kid with T.V. shows like, “Leave it to Beaver”; “The Donna Reed Show”; “The Ozzie and Harriet Show”; “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; and “Father Knows Best”. And while these shows tended to be a little idealistic in the way they portrayed the American family—they, nevertheless, reflected the norm in our society at that time—what some have called the “traditional family unit”.

You have to understand the era that gave birth to shows like these. During the 1950’s and up until the early 60’s there was a post war idealism and optimism that pervaded our country. The economy was booming, babies were booming, patriotism was in vogue, life was sacred and prayer was still in public schools. In those days people got married first and then lived together. Closets were for clothes—not for coming out of, and bunnies were small rabbits. Back then—grass was mowed, Coke was a drink, ‘gay’ meant happy, and ‘aids’ were helpers in the principal’s office.


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The Coming Apostasy Is Here…

 
 
 
 
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The apostle Paul warned:

1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

How is this possible? It will happen, and is happening, through false teachers who have infiltrated the Church.

Jesus warned us that false prophets and teachers were coming—He said they would come dressed in sheep’s clothing but would in reality be ‘ravenous wolves’ who would devour and destroy many with their demonic lies. (Matt.7:15-20)


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The Greatest Event in History

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world and the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

It is so foundational to Christianity that anyone who denies the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot be a genuine Christian.

Without the resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation and no hope for man.

As Paul the Apostle said in 1Corinthians 15: “If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is useless, your faith is meaningless, we are still in our sins, those who have died believing in Christ are lost and we are of all men the most pathetic—we might as well eat, drink, and be merry for there is nothing more to life than this.”

However Paul went on to say, “But now Christ is risen from the dead and is the first fruits from the grave of those who have died believing in Jesus.”

The resurrection is central to the Christian faith. And since the resurrection is the core truth that allows someone to become a Christian—I’d like to use the word “RISEN” as an acrostic which will help you to remember how a person becomes a Christian and what the Christian life is all about.


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The Heart of the Matter

I would like to start off by saying that nothing is more important in the eyes of God than a pure heart.

What you are, how you think, what you do are all the result of what condition your heart is in. It is therefore no exaggeration to say that your heart is truly at the heart of everything God desires for your life.  Medically speaking we know that the heart is the organ inside our chest cavity that pumps blood to the various parts of our body. Biblically speaking, the heart is the ‘master control center’ of your soul (your inner man) and the seat of your will which controls the way you live your life.  That’s why the Word of God admonishes us to: “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Now, there are two kinds of hearts in the world—pure hearts and polluted hearts, or in other words redeemed hearts and fallen hearts. Since the Bible


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He Is Risen!

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(Originally published 4/15/11)

Here we are just about a week away from the greatest holiday this world has ever celebrated—the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world and the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

The resurrection was the central message of all Apostolic preaching in the book of Acts and is the very bedrock upon which the gospel is built.

It is so foundational to Christianity that anyone who denies the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot be a genuine Christian.

Without the resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation and no hope for man.


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