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“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” (Matthew 24:11) Recently I ran across a blog from a mega-pastor who was refuting the teachings of another mega-pastor. Mega-Pastor B had some decent things to say about grace, mercy, acceptance, and Christ’s love that millions of Christians have not yet grasped, but quite unfortunately wove the weft of good truth with the warp of prosperity doctrine. Mega-Pastor A, who looks like he agrees with Mega-Pastor B when it comes to prosperity,...

by School Of Life on 22 September 2017

Do you ever feel like you just do not know what to do? You’ve been following a path that has felt right to you for a long time and doors of opportunity have opened, confirming the rightness of your choices. But then, suddenly, like lightening in a storm, adversity strikes…challenges appear and doors slam shut in your face at almost every turn. Uncertainty and doubt emerge. Fear, too, and an uneasiness in your gut that keeps you up at night, interrupts sleep, and occupies your every waking...

by School Of Life on 22 September 2017

“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. And, they were quoting Saint Paul. But what did most of these religious people really mean? What did “growing up in Christ” actually mean to them? I suspect for most of them, it meant… Go to church every Sunday and, if you are a...

by School Of Life on 22 September 2017

I’m thinking about those times in life when the doubts of faith are many and the difficulties of life are manifold. Thank God, on the sailing journey of life, those times are few. Do you remember that time when Simon Peter and the other disciples were sailing on the Sea of Galilee (Matt 14)? Suddenly, unexpectedly, a storm arose quickly and it did so as if it nature was looking for vengeance on the world. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water. And Peter jumped ship to join him. At first,...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

This morning, I opened the Gospel of John to the sixth chapter, desiring to read and reflect on what has become my favorite Gospel account of the life of Jesus. I did not get very far in the text, however, before I stumbled over these words… “A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick” (Jn 6:1-4). The thought occurred to me, “Why does anybody follow Jesus?” Then, a bit more personal, “Why do I follow Jesus?” I cannot speak for anyone...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

The psalmist said, “Be still and know I am God” (Psalm 46:10). “Be still”…”and know…” In the Hebrew language, when two coordinate imperatives or imperative verbal forms appear together, as in “Be still” and “know” the emphasis goes to the second command. In other words, what the psalmist is saying could be translated to mean, “Be still in order to know.” Ah! So, knowing follows stillness? So, what does it mean to “be still?” Jesus gave a hint when he said, “And,...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

Years ago, I spoke with a new mom about being lonely, and mentioned that I had experienced my share of that painful condition. “Oh, I’m not LONELY!” she shot back, as if we were discussing leprosy or something. You get the same reaction when you admit, “I would love to have a little more money, just to make things easier, you know.” “Oh, I never pray for MONEY!” insecure Christians counter in alarm. We All Worry about Money Oh, come on, people — of course you pray for money. If...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

Recently, I pulled up to my local bank drive-though, opened the “pneumatic tube carrier,” as it is known, placed inside the container my bank transaction, and pressed the “Send” button. The little elevator doors closed and I watched as the container began ascending the tube. First, slowly, and then it began to pick up speed. All of a sudden, however, instead of increasing in speed, it began to slow to a stop and there it remained suspended, as it were, at least for a few sections anyway,...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

The Bible says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Paul wrote this warning to the church. The phrased “burdened again” indicates that he knew it was possible for believers to become bound. We live in bondage to sin and have become slaves to our own bad habits and emotions. Unfortunately, many Christians don’t know that they are captive, until God begins to set them free....

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017

Many of us have cried out, “God, help me!” during a particular time need. Throughout the Bible, God often led His people to cry out. If you look at the Psalms, you will often see the psalmist crying out to God. A lot of the things we are experiencing now are the same things that people experienced during biblical times. Stress, fear, anxiety and pain were all emotions that people of those times also experienced in their personal lives. Given this, the Psalms provide are a great source of...

by School Of Life on 21 September 2017