My Prayer for the Charismatic Movement

Yesterday I saw an ad on Facebook for an online discussion about if the prophetic is still for today. It had several well-known leaders in the prophetic movement listed to speak. I thought to myself; you're missing the point; charismatics aren't questioning if prophecy is for today; they're asking about the accuracy and legitimacy of... Continue Reading →

Defending The Faith

We cannot defend the truth unless we know it first. Acts 17:11 ESV “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” 2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as... Continue Reading →

Tethered to Truth

I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.Jude 1:3 ESV Every generation feels the need to reinvent Christianity, to make it relevant, but the truth is, the Christian faith has endured for over 2000 years. The faith once delivered has... Continue Reading →

Keep your head on the swivel (Jude 1:4-8)

If a verse in the Bible describes the Church today, it is the first verse of this week’s text. Jude 1:4 LSB “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Diligence

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."II Timothy 2:15 NKJV Understanding Scripture in its context is important. We need to get the story right, and we need to understand that all of Scripture points to Jesus. In studying Scripture,... Continue Reading →

Goofs, Grace, and Growth

When I was a kid, I would come home from school, get a snack, and turn on the TV. One afternoon at the age of eight or nine, I did my routine and saw a tall man; with piercing eyes, a long pointy nose, and hair styled to look like a ski slope, holding a... Continue Reading →

The Right Kind of Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

I have noticed a pattern with my posts lately that got me to thinking. The pattern has been emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Bible on a daily basis. I realized growing up Word of Faith, I was taught to give the Word first place and make it final authority in my life.... Continue Reading →

Grace, Faith, and “Legalism”?

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The same grace... Continue Reading →

Faith that is Bigger

Over the last several years it seems like we have seen more and more stories of people losing  their faith. I've read various statistics about the vast majority of kids who leave the youth group lose their faith while they are in college. There are various reasons why people say this is. Most of us... Continue Reading →

Evening Devotion: Doctrine

"For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law." Proverbs 4:2 NKJV We often hear the phrase doctrine divides and assume that it is a bad thing. On the contrary, sound doctrine divides or separates from false doctrine. The Apostle Paul told Timothy to watch his life and doctrine and in the book... Continue Reading →

The Life of a Believer

I've been thinking about several things lately and this post is basically going to be a catch all. Over the last several weeks part of the Sermon on the Mount has been on my mind. It has been the investigative light I have been using on my past and present to examine how I am... Continue Reading →

100 Books

Two nights ago I read a very intriguing social media post from Pastor Matt Everhard. "What if you dedicated your life to reading, knowing, and studying just 100 books? Nothing more, nothing less. What would you choose? Would it be beneficial to have a personal cannon from which you never strayed? Imagine what you could... Continue Reading →

Submitting to Jesus as Lord

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders... Continue Reading →

Why The Reformation Isn’t Over

Some say the reformation is over; they say everyone believes we’re saved by grace. They say revival is coming; we need to partner with God and do spiritual warfare. Like Luther, I respond grace alone and faith alone. We don’t need to gin up revival or do a bunch of stuff to get God to... Continue Reading →

Charisma, Corona, Clarity

It's been a year since my last post on the blog. Before that, my previous few posts were about how I was processing things in the charismatic movement. To do a quick recap, I wrote about my concerns about the Todd Bentley allegations. Since that time, that process has been concluded. It ended with Todd... Continue Reading →

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