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A Heart For the Word

Publication:Pastoral Letter, March 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: I sincerely pray that you are doing well. This month, we want to pick up where we left off at the end of the February Pastoral Letter. Luke 4 tells us that Jesus, when tempted and accused by Satan in the wilderness, declared: “It is written, ‘Man [...]

Self-Denial: Not the Same as Denying Yourself

[Part 8] The third and final temptation of Christ in the wilderness was a blatant appeal to self-exaltation.  Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would just worship him.  Jesus replied, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” [...]

By |August 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Identity through Relationship with God

[Part 7] Jesus responded to the temptation to prove who He was by saying, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test?” (Matthew 4:7).  His identity was shaped by His relationship with the Lord His God.  And because of His relationship with God, Jesus was secure in who He was. Where you [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Blog, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Facing Temptations through the Worldview of Christ

[Part 5] Blind spots make us vulnerable.  Cars come with cameras now to show what’s behind you and mirrors have been enlarged to show what’s on your side.  Cameras and mirrors are there to provide sight to blind spots in order to avoid accidents. Unless we see the world through the three dimensional worldview of [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Balaam Strategy Then and Now

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: My purpose in this letter is to help us comprehend the enemy's method of short-circuiting our relationship to God and His purpose in our lives, and help us to regain or maintain focus. To understand this principle, I will examine the story of Balaam, a false [...]

By |October 1st, 2012|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

The Passion of Jesus Christ

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2004 Dear Friend in Christ: As of this writing, The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, is still the number one film at the box office. Like so many people, I have seen this movie and was deeply impressed with the utter reality of the depiction of the Lord’s [...]

By |May 1st, 2004|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments