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Once Saved Always Saved? “BOLOGNA!”, I say:

{This article is a bit lengthy, but I hope not without benefit to the reader.}

There is one question that has been asked by 99.9999999% of professing Christians at some point in their life – “How do I know I’m saved?”. And there are multiple ways we have attempted to answer this question in a biblically comforting way.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Knowledge: Satan’s Snare or God’s Gift?

Okay, time for me to address something that has been a recurring theme in discussions on nearly any topic that involves those within the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement. Sometimes is brandished as a rebuttal, sometimes it’s humbly submitted as a concern or fear; but it is used none-the-less. It’s dangerous because it’s a lie. Truth frees while falsehood keeps us bound! Even little lies form strong shackles – sometimes the strongest. This horrible idea that keeps popping up is this – Knowledge is dangerous and to be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Despising Love

It’s pre-bedtime, and Zechariah has decided it is time to act like Ghost Rider. Whipping his shirt-now-turned-flaming chain around above his head, he slams it on the ground an yells, “Hell Fire!” Well, that doesn’t sit too well with mom, so she tells him to stop saying that. What follows next? A shirt-spin, floor slam, and a foreboding, “Hell Fire!” Well, that wasn’t a kid merely forgetting that he had been told to stop, he just out right disregarded his mom. So I calmly called him over, let him know that he had disobeyed his mom, and disciplined him. Afterwards, I pulled him close and placed him in my lap as I was explaining to him that no one is angry with him. But he made it abundantly clear that he didn’t want to be near me. He stiffened every muscle he had and pulled away from me. I hugged him and let him go brush his teeth.

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There’s Always Tomorrow, Right?

I was driving home from work one day last week, and the thought hit me – in all probability my Dad will die before me. This sobered me. I began to cry as I couldn’t imagine my life without my dad in it. My thoughts turned to times when I had been angry with my dad and abruptly ended a conversation or said words that were hurtful. I didn’t immediately turn and apologize as I knew time would help me calm down and I could go to him later and restore things. How foolish is that?! I was living under the assumption that tomorrow is guaranteed to him and me. While thinking of this, I wanted to call and talk to him, tell him I love him and appreciate him. Why? All of a sudden, the reality that time is fleeting hit me. Urgency set in. See, I had been born into this world and my dad was already in existence. Since he has been here my whole life, it is natural to assume that he will continue to be. I know death is real, I was a pallbearer at my Grandmother’s funeral, I saw my dad weep in my Maw-Maw’s back yard the day after his mother’s funeral. The truth is though, we just don’t look at those we love and think, “One day they won’t be here.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Evangelism, spiritual growth

 

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