Why the Word of the Cross is Folly to Some

Friends, who do you listen to?  Don’t let it be Jon Mitchell, your pastor or your favorite religious author.  Instead, be like the Bereans who “were more noble” than others because “they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11).  Take what you read in my blog or in any inspirational book or article, take what you hear in any sermon or Bible class, and compare it to the totality of Scripture.  If God’s Word says it, let that be enough.  Let us trust and obey.… Read More Why the Word of the Cross is Folly to Some

Stressed? Change Your Perspective!

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving.  All of us have much for which to be thankful to our God and Creator.  There is a hymn which says, “Count your many blessings/name them one by one/and you’ll be surprised at what the Lord has done.”  When we all stop and do just that – when we count all the good things in our lives – it really does bring a needed perspective.  This new outlook is essential to improving our lives and avoiding stress and anxiety.… Read More Stressed? Change Your Perspective!

Replacing Anxiety With Thanksgiving

What can we do to obtain relief from these burdens and pressures we feel every day? The answer to this question is found in the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6-7. In these two verses of Scripture he writes: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” From these two brief verses come three principles that will help to alleviate the burdens we bear in life.… Read More Replacing Anxiety With Thanksgiving

Trust in the Lord

Christians should always keep God’s numerous blessings in mind and be thankful for them, if for no other reason than to avoid stress and burnout.  During times of being stressed out and worried over things, it’s easy to forget that God ultimately provides and protects; this may lead the beginning of doubt over either God’s ability to care for us or His love for us.  I believe this is why Jesus told us three times in the Sermon on the Mount to not worry (Matthew 6:25, 31, 34) and the Holy Spirit inspired the Old Testament psalmist to tell us three times in one psalm to not worry (Psalm 37:1, 7, 8).  This particular psalm – Psalm 37 – tells us exactly how to avoid stress by recognizing how good God truly is.… Read More Trust in the Lord

Are You Part of the 144,000?

Chapter 7 is one of the more misunderstood chapters of Revelation. Even though the book says it is “signified” (Revelation 1:1), many take what is written in the book literally instead of figuratively. For example, I’ve talked to some who read chapter 7 and conclude there will be only 144,000 souls in heaven when all is said and done. I’ve talked to others who think that in the end only 144,000 from the nation of Israel will be saved. Such is not the case.… Read More Are You Part of the 144,000?