Tolerance and Truth

Truth is polarizing. It can be rejected or accepted, but it will not be affected one way or another- it will still be truth.  Many people, over the course of thousands of years, were moved by God to write letters, historical accounts, prayers, songs, poetry, or prophetic messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the compilation of which we refer to as the Holy Bible, God’s word.  Two examples are Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, whose unenviable job was to confront Israel’s sin and rebellion; and John, the New… Read More

Buy Truth. 

Truth is a like a rare, costly gem – it is sought for and identified, then mined and verified.  Ignorance and foolishness, on the other hand, are neither rare nor have great value. They are commodities readily accessible to any and all.  Truth is worth whatever time and resources demanded from us to obtain it. The writer of Proverbs said: Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭23‬:‭23‬ ESV) We live in a world of moral relativism in which absolute truth is considered intolerant. We are… Read More

Know What You Believe

Entering into this year I sensed God calling me (and our church) to “dig deep and lay strong foundations of faith.” In response to that prompting we have committed ourselves to a diligent study of God’s word, to know what we believe and why we believe it. When Paul came to Berea he found a group of people who not only received the word he brought, but also examined the Scriptures for themselves. As a result, many people placed their faith in Jesus Christ. …for they received the word with great eagerness,… Read More

Five Characteristics of a Reasonable Believer

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭2‬ ESV) Unreasonable people weary me. Unreasonable Christians concern me. Christianity is not merely a “feeling” religion, it is a dynamic relationship that engages my mind and will, as much as my emotions. Although my faith in Christ is a spiritual reality, its implications and applications touch spirit, soul, and body. Paul came to the city of Thessalonica and reasoned with the people regarding Jesus Christ. His approach, although candid, was… Read More

God Usually Makes Us Face Our Consequences

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭7, 11, 13‬ ESV) There is a simple, yet vital principle that must be considered in order for… Read More