Archive | March, 2012

Christian Bookstores And Synagogues

31 Mar

Last year a young man opened a Christian bookstore in a small town not far from where I live. My wife and I were excited because we always had to travel 20 miles to get to the nearest one. We went and checked it out. It was quite cramped. Unlike those mega bookstores, it carried only a few Bibles (mostly NIV) and other Christian materials. I picked up a couple of books and after leafing though a few pages, I was troubled in my spirit. Through discernment, I knew these books weren’t of God. Although the author never gave his religious affiliation and was quite vague throughout his books, the beliefs expounded in them were very much those of a Jehovah’s Witness or Christadelphian. The latter is a group that shares some beliefs with Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was disappointed because this young man, a born again Christian, frowned upon those huge Christian bookstore chains that were out to make money. Continue reading

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Christians And Mephibosheth

30 Mar

Most Christians have never heard of Mephibosheth. He was the grandson of Saul and the son of Jonathan. We read about him  in 2 Samuel Chapter 9 where King David is inquiring if there was anyone left in the house of Saul that he may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake. Mephibosheth was a cripple due to an accident when his nanny went fleeing from the palace with the boy in her arms at the news of Saul’s death.  In her haste, she fell, crushing his legs. Mephibosheth had  isolated himself by living in a slum called Lo-debar. It was a place where criminals and the dredge of Society hid. In Biblical times an infirmity was often looked upon as something caused by sin or a sign that one is flawed. Here was a prince that had every right to be in the palace and dine at the table. But Mephibosheth was full of shame. He did not consider himself worthy. So often we Christians feel unworthy and are weighed down by guilt and self condemnation. Continue reading

Theresa Caputo And Familiar Spirits

30 Mar
It always amazes me whenever I hear Christians say they believe in ghosts or that they had a visitation from the spirit of a deceased loved one. The Bible never not once refers to humans as spirits. It tells us that spirits are either angels or demons. The Bible is very clear that the dead have nothing to do with the living. In Luke 16 there’s a story about a beggar named Lazarus and a rich man. Lazarus is in Abraham’s Bosom. The rich man is in Hades, suffering in torment. There is a wide gulf between Hades and Abraham’s Bosom and one can never cross over to the other side. The rich man begs father Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his 5 brothers on earth that they need to repent.  Continue reading

Do You Have Discernment?

29 Mar

Discernment is mentioned in the Bible as one of the spiritual gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to born again believers in Jesus Christ. Different Christians receive different gifts.  However, all Christians should pray for discernment in order to be able to make wise choices and to recognize truth from error. One of the things I have noticed is that Christians will judge other Christians, thinking they are being discerning, but in reality they are exhibiting  pride. When their beliefs are not shared by pastors or other Christians leaders they quickly label them false prophets and teachers. Continue reading

A Hospital For Sinners

29 Mar

I had a very interesting dream last night. It had to do with Melanie, a girl I used to know, who isn’t a Christian. She and I were patients in a hospital and standing around an empty bed. The room very large room filled with beds and patients and nurses everywhere. I was wearing a gown and wondering why when I wasn’t even sick. Then I had a strong need to urinate and walked across the room to where there was a commode. It was sandwiched between two patients whom I could not see because there were curtains drawn around their beds. The commode was out in the open with no door. I could see my friend, Melanie, looking around the room and then in my direction, but she appeared not to be seeing anything as if she were blind. It hit me after I awoke that this was a hospital for sinners and that Melanie is spiritual blind. Continue reading

Love Your Wife As Christ Loves The Church

28 Mar

My wife is out of state for the next 12 weeks to help take care of  her father who is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. In the six years that we have been married this is the longest we have been apart. My wife goes south every summer to visit her family and spends a couple of weeks there, but never 2 1/2 months. For me this has been a time of testing and a very powerful experience where God is doing some awesome things. I have had very painful losses in my life; first my parents, countless relatives, and then a spouse. There was also the loss of a relationship that meant the world to me, the pain of unrequited love. Continue reading

Try Me, Saith The LORD

28 Mar

A lot of Christians have never put God to the test when He said in Malachi to try Him. Malachi 3:8-12 says:  “8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

 9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

 10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

 12And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”

I recently started tithing again after spending years not being faithful in giving to God’s kingdom. In the past two weeks I have received three checks in the mail from unexpected sources. They are not substantial, but they are blessings from God and we reap what we sow. If you sow only a little you will reap only a little. God gives according to the measure of faith we express. 

Some pastors believe that tithing is obsolete. That it was part of the old Covenant and we are no longer under the law.  But Abraham tithed faithfully to Melchizedek 400 years before Moses and the Law.Today we should give by faith. We are not under any law where we are required to give 10%, but if we love God we desire to please Him and to sow faithfully and sacrificially to build up the kingdom of God. Giving out of your surplus or whatever you have left over after you pay all your bills is not sacrificial giving. Continue reading