In Genesis 3 we find the story of The Fall. We see a character enter the creation named Satan who takes the form of a serpent and tempts Eve. In this brief encounter we can identify several tactics used by Satan in his wooing of Eve. The truth is, the tactics identified here are really the... Continue Reading →
I realize this is a very thin line. We must not compromise the truth and we must continue to engage and combat sin within our culture; but, we also must find a way to do that without abandoning the call to love our neighbors. If we get this wrong and engage the wrong enemy, the church loses its evangelistic voice and begins to abdicate its responsibility to proclaim truth and the good news of the Gospel within the culture in a compelling way. Outsiders will be viewed as enemies who need to be destroyed or avoided rather than potential worshipers in need of redemption. The church will spend its resources in building its own subculture rather than invading the culture with truth, saturated in the love of Christ.
"If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free ... So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." - John 8:31-32, 36 Our pastor preached from this section from John 8 (vs. 31-38) this morning as... Continue Reading →
What is sin? What an incredibly important question that is! It is a deceptive question, though, because the answer seems so easy. However, I am afraid that too many people have a false understanding of the true answer. In fact, I think we all too often get the answer backwards, and that has everything to... Continue Reading →