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 688 times, 1 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

Biblical Church Revitalization

September 8th, 2016 Viewed 631 times

Perhaps you know a church or someone that would grow from this book?

Thousands of churches close their doors each year. Think about that for a minute. When churches close there is a haunting hush of a lamp being extinguished in a community. This is heartbreaking.

Thankfully God has given many church members the resolve to hang on and seek help to breath life back into a fellowship that is suffering. Likewise God has given pastors a desire to step in and attempt to lead the work to see a church become healthy again. This work is called church revitalization.

Book Review: Biblical Church Revitalization

The Biggest Problem Facing America Today

August 16th, 2016 Viewed 761 times, 1 so far today

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.

God is The Answer

July 8th, 2015 Viewed 888 times, 1 so far today

In God We Trust by Chris YarzabFrom Chuck Norris’ article In God we must trust:

Without God, there are no ultimate absolutes, civility and moral guidelines, as George Washington warned our nation in his Farewell Address. He posited, how else is a nation to maintain its civility and morality besides with God?

Government isn’t the answer. And neither is education, at least without religion. As Benjamin Rush, also a signer of the Declaration of Independence, explained, “Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

Our Founders had a better answer than government or even education. God is the answer. God is the moral compass of America. Or He should be, if we ever want to restore morality in our homes and civility to our land. Our Founders believed morals flowed from one’s accountability to God, and that, without God, moral anarchy would result.


Image: In God We Trust by Chris Yarzab

I Don’t Hate Gays

July 2nd, 2015 Viewed 989 times

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Is God Unfair?

June 29th, 2015 Viewed 661 times, 1 so far today

Justice Gavel by Tori RectorDuring a recent Sunday School lesson, the teacher was discussing the rebellion of Korah and how the ground swallowed up all of the people that were rebellious toward Moses—and how it was actually rebellion against God.  Korah and the 250 with him wanted to serve in the tabernacle, and yet they could not.

This got me thinking a lot about the choosing of the Levites.

One of the interesting things is that God chose the Levites for himself, which seems weird.  No one from another tribe would ever have the chance to serve God in the tabernacle or temple with God’s blessing—these people were born into that role and that is the role they would serve before God.

Psalm 40:3

June 12th, 2015 Viewed 866 times

Nature 7-2 by Maximiliano Monterrubio

Image Nature 7-2 by Maximiliano Monterrubio

Strengthening Your Marriage

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 758 times, 1 so far today

wedding-colection.jpgWhat are you doing today to strengthen your marriage?  Marriage is not something that you can take for granted.  Even though we believe that wedding vows are important and should be the glue that binds people together, just like any other thing that is in this world, marriages change as time passes.

The Time Warp Wife gives us 3 Things You Can Do, Right Now, To Strengthen Your Marriage. All three of these are spot on; however, I think that the best thing that you can do to strengthen your marriage has to be about your inner heart attitude towards your spouse.  Obviously God has to have highest priority in your life, but next to that, does your spouse have a high priority?

Compassion, The Bible and the Pro-Life Movement

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 601 times

pregnant-mom-stress.jpgOver the weekend, Jill Stanek asked a question in her post Stanek weekend Q: How to respond to assertion abortion isn’t in the Bible?:

How do you respond to Knox and others like him who say that since abortion isn’t specifically mentioned in the Bible as a sin, it is not only not a sin but a deed to be supported as an act of faith?

From the beginning of the Bible, children have been called a blessing.  Adam and Eve and Noah and his family were all commanded to be fruitful and multiply.  Barren womb were saddened and begged God for children (when they weren’t giving their handmaidens to their husband in an attempt to get children that way– which God does not command and violates monogamy).  God commanded that someone that attacks a pregnant woman such that a baby dies owes the family for the loss.  The Old Testament writers talked about how God knit them together in their mother’s wombs, and often before birth mothers were told about the greatness of the exploits of their unborn children.

Indeed, when talking about the unborn and about children, God is anything but pro-choice.

How To Live Victoriously In This Evil Age

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 765 times, 1 so far today

windowslivewriterprayformypastor-c8adsay-your-prayers4.jpgLori Alexander gives us this:

Ephesians 4 is a great chapter to study in how we are to live victoriously in this evil age and explains why man is so evil without Him. First of all, God has given preachers, prophets, teachers and others “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Therefore, make sure you are listening to preachers and teachers who teach the Word without watering it down in any way. Find a strong, biblically-based church and always beware of false teachers.

God’s purpose in this is so we are not longer like babies in our thinking, but mature believers in Christ able to easily discern good from evil. Then we will be able to speak the Truth in love to others who are beginning to wander from the faith or are in outright rebellion to God’s ways. Our purpose is to become like Jesus, since He is the head of the church, our Savior, and Lord! [Living Victoriously in this Evil Age]

MInTheGap

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