My mental illness has taught me four things which I hope serve as an encouragement to church leaders serving in the trenches of gospel ministry.
Ours is a splintered, fractured world, that often in its differing political parties and conflicting ethical systems and its seemingly endless variety of opinions on virtually every imaginable subject holds out little hope for ultimate meaning. And yet in the midst of undeniable diversity and the differences that so often divide us, the Bible tells us that there is a single, overarching, unitary theme and purpose and goal to all of human history and experience.
The apostle Paul touched on this in several places. Let me mention only two. In Romans 11:36 he concludes a major section of his letter with this brief doxology: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
Paul’s point is not simply that all things are the creative product of our great Triune God. Yes, all things, everything, came “from him.” He…
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Lately, I’ve been reading a couple of good books. One which was written by many different authors over thousands of years. God’s Word. The Bible. The other book is one by a brother in Christ by the name of Phil Robertson called “The Theft of America’s Soul“. I am putting the link here not because I get anything from it but because it is a good book and it is one that needs to be read by many Americans, whether they are Christian, Democrat, Republican, liberal or whatever they are calling themselves these days.
Both of these books point us toward our Savior, Jesus Christ, and He is the only answer to our world’s problems. You can agree with me or not, but our founding fathers knew it and most of America has either forgotten it or they just don’t want to hear it anymore. Life in the…
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The Difference Between “Power” and “Authority”
There is a difference you know. A very important difference too I
might add. There are people, well meaning sincere Christian people,
who fail to see that truth clearly and that failure leads to many
errors in doctrine and practice.Authority is one thing and power is
POWER: in the Greek is the word “dunamis” from which we get our word
for dynamite. It means energetic power, explosive power, or a
AUTHORITY: on the other hand is a completely different word in the
Greek “exousia”. It is a shame that in English we make no such
distinction. Even in the translations which should have known better
use the translation of the two words interchangeably even arbitrarily
so that the truth conveyed in the original language is lost. Authority
means right, privilege given to someone by another. It refers not to
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