MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Christian, When Was the Last Time You Read Your Bible?

September 9th, 2016 Viewed 86 times, 4 so far today

Professing Christians are not reading their [B]ibles as much as they used to — and some Christians don’t read it at all.  Beth Stolicker of Mission Network makes a good case as to why Christians must read and memorize Scripture.  As Christians “we need to be able to recall full Scriptures, the redemption story, and the Bible’s full frame. That’s hard to do if Christians are only familiar with a few verses here and there.”

Western Christians’ Bible reading crisis

Are Christians Racist?

August 23rd, 2016 Viewed 108 times

There is a lot of conversation going on during this election campaign and globalism, nationalism, immigration, racism, and just about every other ism that you can think of.  What I find interesting is that there is also a battle going on for telling Christians what they should and should not believe in terms of what this nation should do and the opinions that they should have.

The Biggest Problem Facing America Today

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 115 times

America is a country in crisis.  Not a week goes by that we do not hear about some atrocity committed in different places within our borders.  People are dying from acts of nature and acts of other individuals, and one wonders how much more this nation can take.

But this country’s biggest problem isn’t the character of the individuals running for office, immigration, or any of the other issues of the day.  The biggest problem is that its people need a Savior.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful thing in the world.  Stronger than any man, more powerful than any nuclear device.  The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power available to the believer.  It’s the power that is available to every believe, and it is a transformational power.

It is this power that changed Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus from a persecutor of the church to one of its greatest proclaimers.  It allowed many men and women to endure fierce persecution, more brutal than anything that ISIS has done, and one day it will be triumphant over the whole world.

It is the duty of every believer not to force Christianity upon a nation or people, but to proclaim the Gospel.  That is part of what makes Christianity so different.  It is a free gift– something that’s offered but should not be forced– though some down the years have tried.  There’s never a command for a believer to kill those that do not believe, only to walk away– sometimes knocking the dust off their feet to let God decide what to do with that place.

This is something that we should do, regardless of who is in the government or who is running for government.  If we would do that, and the Spirit would work, we would see serious change in this nation.  Without, we seem destined for fracture.

Do Churches Believe Their Doctrine?

May 7th, 2015 Viewed 625 times
English: Pond and church, Mill Hill Village. T...

English: Pond and church, Mill Hill Village. The church building is the bethel of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, a christian group which originated in Nigeria in 1964. See http://freespace.virgin.net/dolly.daniels/doctrine/doctrine.htm for information on the beliefs and practices of the organisation. Photo taken from the south – the pond is frozen over. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is much in the news today about what true Islam is.  Is it the kind that practices jihad and terror attacks or the more moderate version?  Depending on what you believe about this religion colors how you answer this question.

What I’ve found is that this is an appropriate question to ask every person who clings to a faith or cites a preference for an individual religion or worship.  In the different churches that I’ve visited or been a part of there has always been the lingering question about how a church’s doctrinal statement and the practices of the individual believers match up.

At one church, we were getting into the habit of reciting the church covenant and what we found was that as we did this not everyone agreed on some of the cultural things– specifically, does the Bible condemn all alcohol or just being drunk.

Conclusion

July 5th, 2014 Viewed 448 times
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series The Modern Christian

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Husbands and wives, when you were dating you wanted to find out everything you could about your significant other. You would give them presents wrapped in their favorite color, jewelry in their favorite color metal, and maybe bring them their favorite treat. There was no bounds, and you prioritized that person over everything—work, school, family (just ask them!).

While Jesus does not want to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, He demands that kind of passion—that He is the center of your life and that you will seek Him and His glory first and foremost. That you will repent of your sin, turn and follow Him wherever that leads.

May I encourage you—spend time in God’s Word, and as you do, look at it like that love that you had (and hopefully still have!) for your spouse. Look for ways that you can please Him, and don’t let the culture, what others may think, etc. get between you and giving praise and glory to your Savior.

Don’t get trapped in the lies of the world, that this is the best that it’s been. This world is not our home, and the best is yet to come.

 


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How to Write a Worship Song in 5 Minutes or Less

July 3rd, 2014 Viewed 410 times

What’s scary is how true this is for much of what passes for Christian Music today!

Who Are You Telling About Jesus?

July 2nd, 2014 Viewed 517 times

The Ordinary Pastor’s Daughter calls it like she sees it:

I was putting my daughter (4) to bed. We were talking about how I was going to visit a family member. She asked me if this person loved Jesus. I told her that I do not think that she is a Christian. Then I invited her to pray with me for her salvation. She complied. Then she sat up, pushed her curly hair back and said, “You know what, you should also go and tell her about Jesus right away. Prayers are good but you need to tell her about Jesus Daddy.” I told her that she was exactly right and that I would.

 

God told Daniel the Best Form of Government was a Monarchy

July 1st, 2014 Viewed 264 times

And that the perfect one would be ruled by God Himself.  (Daniel 2)

What Would Happen if Christians Took Over a State and Tried to Create a State Church?

December 19th, 2012 Viewed 1470 times

churchSo I got to thinking the other day… Since after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution there were multiple states that still had established churches (and some current constitutions still mention God and have qualifications for people holding office—which are mostly not observed), what would happen if Christians of a certain denomination (pick one) all moved to a certain state (again, pick one) enough that they could pass a law or State Constitutional Amendment to establish a state church of their denomination.

Would they be allowed to do it?  If not, what reason could opponents use to justify not letting a bunch of people from establishing whatever they wanted, since this is what the state of the States were after the Constitution?


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Blessed Assurance

November 23rd, 2011 Viewed 2550 times

Power in the Blood

There are many hurt people out there.  The unfortunate thing is that some have been hurt by people that name the name of Christ, and this has the effect of turning people away not only from the people that have hurt them, but from God Himself and His Church.

Many of these people struggle to come to grips with what happened.  Some attempt to keep a relationship with God, but end up searching for something opposite their experience in an attempt to flee everything attached to those people that hurt them.  Many of them end up rejecting the church and proclaiming Atheism—conflating God with those who claim to follow Him.

For both of these groups, there is healing at the cross, and there’s answers for their questions.  However, the latter group is less likely to see this and instead will pose endless questions regarding the faith.  These questions are important to consider and have answers for.  So, this is where we find ourselves with today’s post.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.