Author: Mike

The Words We Use and How We Define Them

The words we use, and how we define them, are critically important.  I am seeing an alarming pattern where professing Christians, and often the people they follow, are just slightly twisting words or attaching a human definition to a word that God gives a different and specific definition for:  Words like meditation, belief, grace and repentance.  When we assign a definition to important words in the Bible that differs from God’s definitions, we start to head down a very dangerous path where we can be easily deceived by slick speakers with dangerous agendas. Let’s look at the subtle but important difference between spiritual “formation” and Christians being transformed by God’s Word and Spirit.  The “Spiritual Formation” movement teaches that we by our own power and techniques can transform ourselves into holiness—the Bible teaches something quite different: The Bible tells us that it is God’s Word and Spirit that works in us to renew our minds and be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.  So instead of pursuing holiness and formation by our own human efforts, we surrender to the truth and wisdom of God given to us in His Word; we surrender our human understanding which is flawed for the wisdom of God revealed in His Word. There is nothing wrong with prayer, fasting and biblical meditation.  But let’s camp out on that word “meditate” for a moment. ...

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Know What You Can and Cannot Control

One of the principles for living a joyful, peaceful life from my new book is “Know what you can control, and what you cannot control. Here is an excerpt from “The Death of Christian Thought” that I hope helps you: “I refereed football, basketball and baseball for years. Good referees focus on what they can control–knowing the rules and enforcing them equally. People would ask me how I could referee and not be affected by upset fans who screamed at officials when they made correct but unpopular calls. I would tell them “Look all I can do is know the rules and try to enforce them consistently for both teams. I realize that when I make a difficult call half the people will think I am a genius, and half will think I am an idiot. All I can control is what I do and call the game professionally and fairly as I see it.” “Hosting a Christian Radio Talk Show for nearly six years has helped me realize that if you are swayed by every person who disagrees with you, you will not last long. When we try to control what others believe, say or do, we become disappointed, frustrated, and angry. Focus on what you can control, your beliefs and behaviors, and let God deal with the effects. You will have a better marriage and relationship with...

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What Are You Most Thankful For?

There are plenty of things people worry about these days:  terrorism, a sagging economy; a government out of control; and personal relationships that aren’t all they could be.  But we as Christians all have plenty to be thankful for in spite of the world around us. Please share with us what specifically you are most thankful for as we prepare to spend time with friends and family over Thanksgiving Day.  If you can’t think of anything, open your Bible and read what Jesus Christ did on the cross for true...

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The Words Obama Uses Are Meaningful

I have heard a variety of adjectives used by his detractors to describe President Obama from naive to ignorant to evil.  He claims to be a Christian, yet many are convinced–bolstered by some of his own words–that he is indeed the first Muslim President of the United States.   I don’t know that he is truly a Muslim, but when you look at how he attempts to use the Bible to justify homosexual marriage and abortion, one thing is clear:  he is not a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.  It is one thing for born-again believers to be wrong on some theological issues; we are all wrong on some things.  It is another for a professing believer to justify thingsthe Bible clearly calls sin as something good and “approved” by God, such as homosexuality and abortion. But back to the Muslim issue.  Words are important.  The words we use speak volumes to our deep beliefs.  And the words this President uses when he discusses terrorism spreading throughout the Middle East and the world at the hands of radical Muslims is chilling. First, did you ever notice that while most people refer to these radicals as “ISIS”, the President most often uses the term “ISIL”?  This is a significant difference to address. ISIS: The militant group, which began as the Iraqi branch of AL Qaeda during the U.S. occupation, gained this...

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Register today for the upcoming ELIJAH ABRAHAM Weekend

Join Stand Up For The Truth on October 23 & 24 as former-Muslim-now-born-again believer, Elijah Abraham, shares the truth about the Qur’an and how believers can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Muslims in their communities.  All sessions are free but seating is limited. It will be held at THE WORD AT THE BARN FELLOWSHIP in Suamico, Wisconsin. Schedule coming soon… Cost: FREE Location: 4229 Reforestation Rd, Suamico, WI 54313 (Map)   Register Now!...

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