September 19, 2018

On the last night before his execution, Jesus gathered at the table with some of his best friends for one last meal. During the meal, He pointed back to two of His early miracles. He took the bread, broke it, and gave it to them. Just like the time He fed thousands with two fish and five small loaves of bread. Once He had done His work, there was enough for everyone and plenty left over. Later, He took the… Read more

September 15, 2018

Quite often when I suggest that believers today can hear the voice of Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit, people are quick to say that the Holy Spirit would never contradict anything that had already been written down in the Scriptures. This knee-jerk reaction is meant to do two things: First, it is meant to maintain the Bible as our ultimate authority. Nothing new or different can ever be introduced into our faith system because God’s Word (the… Read more

September 13, 2018

Over 7,000 pastors have signed John MacArthur’s “Anti-Social Justice Proclamation,” making it crystal clear that they do not follow Jesus in any way, shape or form. One of the most troubling statements they all agreed to was this: “We emphatically deny that lectures on social issues (or activism aimed at reshaping the wider culture) are as vital to the life and health of the church as the preaching of the gospel and the exposition of Scripture.” If that isn’t sad, I don’t know what is. Read more

September 13, 2018

  A little over 11 years ago, my wife Wendy and I responded to a calling that, at first, sounded impossible: To start a church that gives everything away. That idea came after we had accepted the Lord’s calling to leave the church we had helped to start only 3 years previously, to plant a brand-new church here in Orange County, CA. The first idea was exhilarating. The second idea seemed impossible. “How will I support my family?” I wondered…. Read more

September 7, 2018

A passage in Psalm 18 really stood out to me this morning: “With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.” The conception among most Christians is that God is angry with us and that if we don’t repent then He will pour out His wrath on us. I’m not saying this is completely wrong, but I believe God… Read more

September 6, 2018

Have you ever come across a verse and said to yourself: “Hmm…this verse can’t mean what it says because that goes against what I’ve been told to believe”? If we’re honest, we probably come across verses like that all the time – if we’re reading the Bible on a semi-regular basis. The other day I came across this verse and it stumped me for a second: “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by… Read more

September 5, 2018

  It happens all the time. Christians who disagree over a particular doctrine decide that they can’t continue to be friends with another Christian simply because they hold another perspective. It can be a different view of hell, or of the end times, or of the atonement, or of baptism or election. Or, in my case, it can be a different view about homosexuality. That’s why my friend – who I’ve known for over 30 years – called me on… Read more

August 29, 2018

I have to share a video with everyone about addiction – which is not the subject of this article per se – but there’s something in this video that I want to highlight. Take a look:  Hopefully, you watched the video. If so, the key to the video is where they reveal that one of the strongest weapons against drug addiction is community. One great quote from the video is this one: “Human beings have an innate need to bond and… Read more

August 28, 2018

Most Christians I know fully embrace Judaism. They love the Jewish faith. They use Jewish terms for Jesus and Messiah [“Yeshua”, “Mashiac”, etc.]. They wear the Star of David proudly. They observe the Jewish Passover meal. They even pray for the peace of Israel. But why? The Jewish faith denies that Christ is the Messiah. They refuse to accept that Jesus is born of a virgin. They do not believe that Jesus performed miracles. They do not believe that Jesus… Read more

August 27, 2018

I recently participated in a debate over the topic: “Is Islam A Religion of Peace?”, but I think we should be asking: “Is Christianity A Religion of Peace?” Why? Because not only does the Bible have twice as many violent references as we find in the Quran – which involve commands about genocide and war, references to dashing babies against the rocks, commands to kill women and children, etc., but because, statistically, White Christians are much more dangerous to Americans… Read more

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