A Brief Look at the Charismatic Movement

A Brief Look at Sign Gifts, Faith Healing & Tongues by Mike Gowens  The last century brought a significant change to the religious landscape of the West. With the upsurge of Pentecostalism in the early 1900’s and the Charismatic Movement … Read More

The Shepherd’s Charge

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ…Preach the word” 2 Timothy 4  2 Timothy is Paul’s “swan song.” Tradition says that shortly after it was written, Paul was beheaded by Nero on the Ostian Way, outside the … Read More

Mutual Ministry

“For I long to see you that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end that ye may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you … Read More

Thinking Biblically about LOVE

Everyone is a philosopher when it comes to love. Definitions are “a dime a dozen.” Love is, says one person, a many, splendid thing. Another sings, “love is a rose,” fragrant and beautiful, but thorny and painful, and another suggests … Read More

The Witness Of A Stable Life

“Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:5  Whether we realize it or not, the unbelieving world around us forms its opinion of our Lord based on what it sees in us. The believer’s … Read More

How To Begin The Day With God

“My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and look up.” Psalm 5:3  Most people approach life reactively, not proactively. Instead of planning ahead and making advance preparations for … Read More

Compensating Grace

“And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” Gen. 41:51 Preachers frequently talk about the happy themes of “electing grace”, “redeeming grace”, and “preserving … Read More

Blessed Unconsciousness

People, by nature, are self-conscious.  This natural self-awareness demonstrates itself early in life.  When a child learns, for instance, that certain facial expressions or behaviors elicit the approval of laugher from others, he quickly offers a repeat performance.  As he grows toward maturity, … Read More

Vertical and Horizontal Fellowship

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” I John 1:3 Life is essentially a matter … Read More

The “Koinonia” Principle

“…that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17b-19a Koinonia, the Greek … Read More

The Proof that ‘God is Love’

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” I John 4:9 If God is love, why is there so much suffering in … Read More