Are You Unruly?

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) NASB I don’t know about you, but it bristles me to have the word ‘unruly’ tossed at me or others who are not ‘disorderly’ ‘unruleable’ ‘disruptive’ or ‘amenable to discipline or control.’ Granted, I may […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

Don't Waste Your Mission, or Disciple Making Time, On Those Who Are Not Interested?

“We must invest everything in the few who will bear fruit. Life is too short and the potential yields are too great to spend our lives babysitting fruitless people.” ~ Neil Cole Recently, I’ve heard a few variations on this idea.  In a nut shell, it’s about Doing Mission, or Making Disciples amongst people who are receptive […]

You Shall Know Them by Your Subjective Evaluation of Their Fruit.

If it were only this easy with thorny people. “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” ~ Jesus (Matthew 7:16) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” ~ […]

I Never Saw The Gospel In Action ~ Will Never Be A Valid Excuse.

Once the truth of the Gospel is heard, assuming it is correct and complete, it’s up to the receiver to accept or reject it.  When standing before God, one will never be able to say that they didn’t receive the truth of the message because the people who preaching it were hypocrites or because their […]