Articles and Weekly Thoughts

Seducing spirits

Departing from the faith I Timothy 4:1 says "The Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some willdepart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons..." The phrase 'depart from the faith' is key. Lest we misunderstand, departing from the faith does NOT mean rejecting Jesus, it means to depart from sound and balanced faith. The Greek word here means to step away from. They are seduced to step read more...

Whatever happened to… Part 2

On we go... Last week I shared that the Lord said we should give water and food to the thirsty and hungry, but then they have a responsibility upon receiving such grace to become givers of water and food to others. Human nature wants to continue to receive free water and food, but the New Testament teaches once we receive we are expected to turn around and start giving. read more...

Spiritual Integrity Part 2

That hematidrosis thing Today, more on living by spiritual truths. While David is a great example of a man who lived by spiritual truths, no greater example exists than Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. On the one hand he was the meek and lowly Son of Man, servant leader, ready to go to the cross because he was born for that reason. read More...

Spiritual Integrity Part 1

What it is, is... Spiritual morals are based on deep spiritual truths one receives by revelation from the Lord, and can be seen in scripture. Spiritual integrity is the strength of character to live your life by these spiritual morals. Soul based morals are of the mind and are based on and flow from the deeper spiritual morals. read More...

Self-absorbed Christian? Part 2

Last week I identified the self-absorbed life using the Rich Young Ruler as the main Biblical example. Today I'll share symptoms and examples of a self-absorbed Christian life, then conclude the series next week. Outwardly the Rich Young Ruler was the model believer in the God of Israel: He had kept all the commandments since a boy, and being in pre-cross times was careful to observe the holidays and make sacrifices for any sins he committed, and read more...

Self-absorbed Christian? Part 1

Outwardly perfect By all appearances he was the perfect believer; honest in business, the perfect son, faithful in all things relating to God, yet he knew something was missing. Like many zealous young people (he was in his early 20's) he poured his energy into work and God. He followed the prosperity teaching, believing if you are prospering in business then God's blessing is upon you; yet still he was hollow inside and couldn't figure out why, for he was doing read more...

How do I start a house church?

Right after "How can I find a house church in my area?", "How do I start a house church?" is the 2nd most common question I receive. There are several things to consider. In scripture we have the names of several people who were the original hosts/leaders of their own house church; Lydia in Philippi, Jason in Thessalonica, Titus Justus and Crispus in Corinth, Priscilla and Aquila in Ephesus (and at read more...

House church culture

Today I'll share about the 'culture', the 'mind set' of house church especially geared towards those thinking about house church - I think this will help define differences for you. If you're in house church, my hope is that it will further define some of those intangibles that make house church, house church. I'll make some generalized statements about traditional church structure for the purpose of comparison and making a point, and as such I am read more...