WHILE SOME DEAD CHURCHES HAVE CONCLUDED THE ONLY WAY TO GROW IS TO COMPROMISE THE TRUTH, HEALTHY BIBLICAL CHURCHES ARE THRIVING. When we know who we are and whose we are the church flourishes.
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE LIFE IS AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST. Can you relate? It seems that the things in this world never quite satisfy. Even if I feel satisfied for a while, it never seems to last. There is an abiding, deep need that I constantly feel; or at least when I am mindful enough to sense it.
OUR GOD IS A WARRIOR GOD. If perhaps our first thought of God is to think that he is nice, we would do well to learn of him as he has revealed himself throughout scripture. Jehovah is not the God portrayed in Hallmark cards and Christmas carols. He is a loving God, but he is also mighty.
for the most part, our church gatherings feel more like a warm, friendly family gathering at Cracker Barrel than a battle rally. The most dangerous threat the church senses is the leaning tower of communion trays.
When it comes to baseball, we know the player is practicing hitting, even when he strikes out. But when it comes to faith, we sometimes think a slipup is a sign that his heart isn't in it at all.
While CENI alone results in a primitive and immature form of rote religion that may well miss the main point of all scripture and life itself, to eliminate CENI is to adopt a form of lawlessness that leads away from a holy God who has always given instruction, expected diligent study, application of reason, and yes, obedience.
If our goal is merely to stop sinning, we will find that we cannot achieve it. Likely, we will slip deeper and deeper as though mired in quicksand.