In her book, “The Envy of Eve,” Author Melissa Kruger helps us understand how seemingly harmless desires and questions like this grow into the sin of covetousness. Envying the relationships, circumstances, possessions, and abilities of others chokes out the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief—mistrusting God’s sovereignty and goodness. (“The Envy of Eve,” Christian Focus 2013)
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” —Luke 15:10 Notice, next, that the rejoicing is “over one sinner that repenteth.” To repent is to be sorry for sin, — to undergo…
Any pastor who regularly addresses even a handful of souls from God’s word, knows the burden of wanting to be faithful with communicating accurately what God has said to His people. Every preacher feels the weight of Paul’s injunction,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
This is why seminaries offer four year degrees that cover Greek and Hebrew, Theology and Counseling, Preaching and Pastoral Care. The more training preachers get, the better. Now, I agree that formal theological training at seminary level is not a biblical prerequisite for being a preacher of God’s word. The Apostle Peter, for instance, had no MDiv degree hanging on his office wall. But I’m sure we all agree that his 24/7 intensive, three year internship with Jesus was, um …adequate preparation. But if an excellent theological education is available to you, there is wisdom in being a good steward of that opportunity.
Should you eschew a formal course of training, and rely instead on your gift of gab, you may end up being outed as a theological neophyte on global TV, like Joel Osteen.
OSTEEN: “I don’t know”
Bestselling author Joel Osteen is the preaching pastor of the biggest church in America. There are regularly 30,000 attendees who pitch up to hear his sermons. This is quite a responsibility. Especially considering Hebrews 13:17 warns that pastors will give an account for each soul in their flock.
And I’m not even referring to the zillions who plug into the televised programming, nor the touring success of sold-out stadiums that hold 60,000 fans (at $10 a ticket).
But when he was interviewed on the Larry King Live show, the result of being ill-prepared for ministry was painfully obvious. I feel for him as Larry grills him on this sensitive topic.
The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage.
Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches.
The cathedral scheduled a prayer service for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families Wednesday at 7 p.m. to celebrate the ruling.
In a statement, the cathedral’s dean, the Rev. Gary Hall, says the church is ringing its bells “to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God’s love in lifelong covenants.”
(NaturalNews) Here are 20 questions that engage smokers and help them consider why they smoke cigarettes, just what they are really smoking, and why they can’t quit. These questions are posed to students of the one-hour class “14AndOut,” and then those answers are reflected upon and/or corrected by the teacher and inventor of the program, who reveals exactly how to quit in 14 days or fewer, naturally, without medications and without hypnosis. The 20 questions invite any and all smokers to think about the chemical knowledge associated with the addiction, consider the most common and popular behavior rituals to change, and finally to engage nutrition in order to “replace and replenish” a broken down digestive, breathing, and cleansing system, so you have energy and a positive outlook when you quit cigarettes for good.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday hosted Investor’s Business Daily writer John Merline to discuss a potentially disturbing aspect of “Obamacare.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, a “big data system” will be created to track millions of Americans’ information, including tax and Social Security information, according to Merline.
The ramifications of that move are stunningly far-reaching. The argument that gay marriage doesn’t affect straight marriages is a ridiculous red herring: Gay marriage affects society and law in dramatic ways. Religious groups will come under direct assault as federal and state governments move to strip them of their non-profit statuses if they refuse to perform gay marriages. Public schools across the country will be forced to teach homosexual marriage alongside traditional marriage. Religious business owners will be leveraged to pay for benefits for same-sex spouses.
How many people do we hear in the ‘Christian’ community mock us for looking towards our “Blessed Hope?” The vast majority of churches in America rarely preach the simple gospel message, much less the more advanced teaching of the rapture of the church. Therefore, we who long for and wax poetic about it are looked at as ignorant, fringe lunatics who have an escapist mentality.
Well, you’d better believe I have an escapist mentality! You’re the ones who are nut-cases! Talk about ignorant, you have NO idea what lies directly in your path.
The NRB Network gives viewers a historic and sobering opportunity to remember the Holocaust in July when, for the first time ever, it airs the state of Israel’s official Holocaust remembrance ceremony from Jerusalem. The two-hour TV program, “A Nation Remembers,” airs Saturday, July 6, at 8pm Eastern and Sunday, July 14, at 11pm Eastern.
“A consistent theme of Scripture is remembering,” says Dr. Frank Wright, president & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters. In his special introduction to “A Nation Remembers”, Dr. Wright points out that “remembering the past — especially when evil goes infamously unopposed — is our best hope for the future. As the philosopher reminds us: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.'”