Feeling the Manifested Presence of God

David wrote in the Psalms that there is nowhere one can go where God’s Presence is absent. However, there is a marked difference between His limitless existence and His manifested Presence. One can intellectually know His ever-present nature while not having experienced the reality of tangibly feeling His Presence. A.W. Tozer uses the analogy of the … Read more

Finding truth in the midst of a sea of false voices

The term “false prophet” has been grossly overused and ill-placed. It is used by most as a pronouncement against anyone who has a different doctrine or sometimes an erroneous doctrine. Seldom is it used in the context of a prophet? Even so, it is also misused to label someone who gives an incorrect prophetic word. … Read more

God is Always Speaking

While even many Christians profess that they cannot hear God, God is speaking and once we learn how He speaks, we find that we have been hearing all along.  Even those who do not see themselves as people of faith often have had experiences of hearing Him in some form or fashion. Once they are … Read more

Finding a Church to Call Home

Somehow this distorted idea that we church shop to find the best church where all our needs are met crept into American Christianity. When we come into a church with all kinds of expectations of how a particular church or pastor will serve, we come with the wrong mentality. Moreover, we are setting ourselves up … Read more

Finding the one true road of faith

The small town of Nags Head ensconced in the greater Outer Banks, North Carolina bears a name reflective of the piracy legend of old. It is said that the locals of Outer Banks heard news of the piracy of Blackbeard at sea and decided to try their own clandestine adventure by tying a lantern around the neck … Read more

The Great Commission: Disciplining nations

Jesus commissioned the Church to disciple the nations. The meaning of this commission has been lost to much of the modern church. We have mistakenly translated this as go and make converts in all the nations by getting people saved. Or we realize that discipleship is necessary and we have new converts go through discipleship. … Read more

Developing Good Christian Character

Character is born on the inside of a person and reflected outwardly. Jesus said that a tree is known by its fruit and that if it bears good fruit it is a good tree.  This is why God focuses on the heart for out of the heart the mouth speaks. Good Character is Indispensable to … Read more

Finding the truth and the way in Jesus

Who is Jesus? Is He a king, a teacher, a first-century Rabbi who had revolutionary disciples? Is He a man whose teachings were used to subjugate a wayward Empire? No matter who the Real Jesus is or was, what remains is what is the truth in Him. Jesus was never one to shirk responsibilities. By … Read more

Why Jesus died

The brilliant crimson blessed blood of Jesus Christ flowed freely that day at Calvary. By doing so, it dealt with the sin of humanity once and for all. Was that amount of sacrifice, and that amount of suffering was worth it or not? It’s worth becomes apparent when the resulting benefits are carefully examined. The … Read more

Understanding salvation by grace

To properly address this question, three specific pieces need to be examined. What are people saved from? What are people saved to? What are people saved by? Grace and works will be addressed in each portion. What does salvation save people from? Another way to phrase this question is to ask why people need to … Read more