Did you realize that Salvation is based on a merit system? But that merit has been won by only one person. Jesus Christ was not only perfect but the perfect lamb to sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
wayocross has been a part of several ministries that involved men. He's aware of the many pit falls that men face including himself. He was born with a cleft palate and a speech impediment and as a result empathizes with men who have lost their way. He also recognizes that men being "self-sufficient" are often the last to know that they weren't. As a former leader in four churches and children's Sunday School teacher and children's tutor he sees the tragic future many youth face based on their own bad decisions learned from their parents (loosely interpreted). He believes scripture can be applied to most of the "hurts, habits, hang-ups, and addictions* that men face. * terminology borrowed from Celebrate Recovery ministry founded by John Baker at Saddleback Church in California.
The two most intimate settings in a person’s life is their family and their place of work. In the case of the home the husband is the accountable person to God for ther family.
We cannot understand our present troubles until we trust in God and give our concerns up to God. Then we need to trust in God’s timetable and be ready to accept what He sends our way. If a person has made bad choices or been the victim of crime, there may indeed be consequences that may change their current circumstances permanently. Still we need to trust. Don’t abandon the ship before God gives a solution.
Rick Warren writes “Many Church Fellowships and Small Groups remain superficial because they are afraid of conflict.” But real Spiritual growth and maturity take deliberate efforts, thoughtfulness, and commitment to do the hard work sculpting a new person who is accountable to God and his church community to be a strong, loving, and effective Christian who attracts non-believers.
This is a hot-button issue for me. I will add more posts on this topic under the tag Cohabitation. While my wife and I have not had a perfect marriage – we’ve had an improving marriage. And joining a Bible believing church was the step in the right direction.
I believe this short chapter in the Old Testament is loaded with meaning we can use today. This scripture ties these three elements together into a package we can all relate to.
To me what is worse is these attitudes in our church leaders. The credibility of our faith rests on our integrity. Even when we have point of view an unbeliever would disagree with, they will listen and not reject our faith as long as they can trust that we’re not into conspiracy theories.
Paul was arguably the greatest Evangelist in the history of the church. And certainly, the most prolific New Testament writer. Then how could he also seem to be battling personal sin?
Biblically “moral” and compassionate Christians do enjoy greater satisfaction in their lives. This is beccause they enjoin a synergy with the Creator of our existence.
Our attendance at church or our taking of communion does not make us a Christian.