Few professing Christians would say it's OK to obey parts of the Bible but not others, yet that is precisely what we do. Maybe more disturbingly is that many Christians don't even realize they're doing it.
The Christian life is a life of struggle. This was central to John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress." English puritan John Owen, in his classic work "The Mortification of Sin," assumes the Christian life is a war. If battling is essential to the Christian life, how are we to fight, and where does the power of God come into play?
God's will is that we have Christian relationships that are open and honest, brothers or sisters to whom we can confess our failings (Jas. 5.16). If we don't, it's doubtful whether we actually have Christian relationships at all. But we need to be honest about the danger of honesty.
Tragedy is unavoidable in this sin-cursed world, and we should rightly be thankful for the First Responders who come to our aid during emergencies. Every Christian is strategically placed by God, and He may have a special assignment for you that will call you to be the only person who can offer real hope to someone who feels that all hope seems lost.
Many Christian parents feel at a loss when it comes to "family devotions." Sometimes we wrongly see it as a way of evaluating our spirituality, but sometimes we simply don't know where to start. Here is a beginner's guide to leading our families in communion together around God's word.
Hebrews 13:9 tells us 'not to be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.' How do we obey this command? Here is some advice given to a friend.