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The Church is Not Your Mother: Part 2

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The church not called to be a “safe place” for seekers. We are meant to be a gathering place for believers.

There are specific things the scriptures say that the church organization must supply to those who have identified themselves with Jesus Christ and His salvation. It does not say the same for those who are lost.

If we purposefully try to draw unbelievers into the church, expecting they will settle down for the long term and blend in, we are putting the body at risk. At least to the extent that we think our teaching and language must be tailored to make them feel more comfortable. To keep them around as long as possible.

While we cut back our necessary teaching in order not to offend them.

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A Conservative in the Woods

If a conservative is walking in the woods alone, and a tree falls, will the Progressives, who weren’t there to hear it or see it, still blame him?

Dangers along the Path: Contemplative Prayer Part 3

Beach and Rocky Spine

It makes a big difference who we believe God is.

And how we approach Him.

This should go without saying; especially when speaking with Christians. Because those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior possess clear instructions on who He is and how they must come to Him.

The Christian understands that the Bible is the instruction guide for both those questions. 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. No more; no less.

Veer away from that written collection and you introduce problems. Grave problems.

Establishing the certainty of truth and authority is answered simply. Truth is known by those who find it.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31,32)

God promises to manifest Himself to those who believe His words. As the sheep know the shepherd’s voice, those in whom the Spirit dwells, know His voice from all others.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

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It Waits in the Darkness: Contemplative Prayer Part 2

 

Cemetery Floating Mist

When discussing meditation and prayer, it is important to remember that there isn’t some formula or technique to be used. Because the Bible doesn’t specify any such thing.

We must remember that this is all about a relationship with the Lord. It’s about how we communicate with the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is a Person; not a force or idea or a consciousness we must tap into. We are talking about the One God that knows us at an infinitely intimate level. And He desires to have close fellowship with us on a moment-by-moment basis.

That being said, it follows, that whenever we desire to know God or even to know what is happening in our own souls, we are not entering into some vacant, neutral territory.

Because, this world is not neutral. There is no place that is spiritually neutral.

As in great stories of ancient kingdoms, lost worlds, great heroes and epic battles, people have found themselves subject to some higher authority. Everyone has had to live in a realm governed by some lord or king.

Whether or not they wanted to follow a particular lord or king, they were forced into subjection by those with greater power.

And, it is the same today. All men upon this earth are subject to some principality or power — both seen and unseen.

In a similar way, in the spiritual realm, we each must choose which Master to serve.

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Seeking after the Stillness: Contemplative Prayer Part 1

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“Be still, and know that I am God:” (Psalm 46:10)

I recently finished one of the most important Christian books I’ve ever read.

It’s called, A Time of Departing, by Ray Yungen. You can find this book on the LighthouseTrails.com website. Check out that site for a host of research on important Christian topics.

Mr. Yungen’s book deals with the Contemplative Prayer movement. If you are not familiar with this growing practice, you should be. We all should be.

In the next few posts I’ll deal with some extremely valuable aspects of this book that I hope will help you to make sense of this new movement. Since we all, as Christians, are strangers and pilgrims in this world. This very strange world.

In a nutshell, he makes a very solid case regarding the dangers of a practice that is spreading like wildfire throughout the religious world — including within Evangelical circles. This practice is being promoted by some very well-know leaders not normally associated with unbiblical practices. In the book you’ll discover the chilling details.

Contemplative Prayer is a spiritual technique that is, for all practical purposes, an Eastern mystical discipline re-packaged for the undiscerning Christian. It is wrapped in all the language and lingo that would attract the seeker of a deeper relationship with God. But it is nothing more than New Age and Eastern occultism masquerading as Christian meditation.

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False Humility in the Church

Boo and IndieNow, I realize that any one of us can get off base. Seriously, any of us can wander off the path and into the swamp. It is foolish to drive a stake in the ground before we’ve done a proper surveyor’s job. We need to be sure of what we believe before we open our mouths.

That takes study, prayer and growing in the Lord.

So, I am aware that avoiding pride and self delusion demands constant vigilance.

But there is this growing trend among Christians which is cautioning us to not be too sure of our convictions. As if, having and expressing deep beliefs is a sign of arrogance and pride.

Because that is, supposedly, not a “humble” thing to do.

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You Can’t Please Everybody

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Man, is that true.

And these days, you may not be able to please anyone. Because everyone seems offended by everything. Whatever you say, someone is ready to call their lawyer to shut you up.

Political and cultural correctness has us by the throat. Just daring us to say another word. To just take one more wrong step.

Are we still “the land of the free”? Can we truly say what we believe? Do we really have “freedom of religion” in America today?

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Words of Iron

Mountain Strength

One of my favorite movies is, “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. This is one of Clint Eastwood’s finest.

And one of my favorite scenes is near the end of the film. Josey has ridden to make a pact with a local tribe of Comanche. They are led by a chief called, Ten Bears. He is a formidable-looking character. This meeting could easily cost Josey his life.

Check out this short clip from that movie.

Words of Life and Words of Death

Something about that exchange moves me deeply whenever I watch it. Because it has to do with truth on a very primal level. Where men risk their lives to be straight forward with each other. And then stand solidly upon that which they promised.

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The Worship of Science

Arrowhead

Wherever you go these days, you will hear someone say that education is the answer to the world’s problems. That the lack of proper education is at the core of wars, intolerance and a host of other evils.

Now, I truly do not know how anyone survives without being able to read. That is critical. On so many levels. Life opens up like a flower when we can read.

At that point, however, we have a great many decisions to make. What to read? What to study? What to believe about what we read?

But when we talk about “education”, we are really talking about philosophy. Because, the materials we decide to read become the foundation of all that we believe.

In other words, we choose the sources of truth.

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