How Can You Tell a Cult?

One of the big problems in today’s world as it was even back in New Testament times and the early church is false teachers. Sometimes alarm bells seem to go off while you are listening to someone teaching but you’re not quite sure why. How can you tell if what you are hearing is false teaching and if it is a cult instead of real Biblical Christianity? Thanks to Footprints magazine here are some pointers to look out for and others I have added. A cult will invariably have a charismatic leader. You know the type of person I mean, … Continue reading

Being A Christian Is Not for Wimps

Yesterday we looked at what being a Christian is. A member contacted me admitting he found it hard to always love other believers. I agree it is hard. A lot of things Christians are called to do are hard – like loving others even when sometimes they are unlovable and rub us up the wrong way. It’s hard too at times not to let the cares of this world and the emphasis on material possessions that constantly surround us on the TV and in magazines not take over and shift our focus. Jesus was aware this was a problem … Continue reading

Ritual and Rules or Relationship?

Jesus taught that Christianity is about a relationship, not the keeping of rules and rituals. Jesus warned his disciples they would be cast out of the synagogues, for following Him rather than abiding by the rules and laws of the Jewish religion, John 16: 1-4. Jesus’ prayer, for his early disciples and for us, is that we may be one with him and with the Father, John 17:20-23. That’s relationship! If we look back earlier in John’s gospel we see another example of Jesus in relationship with his people. Jesus taught He was ‘the good shepherd.’ He is our shepherd … Continue reading

What is Faithbooking?

Enter into a whole new world of scrapbooking. It gives you hope, it helps you have faith and it gives you a new perspective on life and how you choose to live it. It’s called Faithbooking and it has brought people who have never scrapbooked before into the world of cute embellishments and papers. What is Faithbooking? Faithbooking is a method of scrapbooking that provides you a visible reminder of your faith, why God loves you, what blessings your family holds because of Him and a whole new perspective and reminder of His love and grace. There have been dozens … Continue reading

Are You A Real Believer?

What is a real believer to you? Is it someone who believes that Jesus the messiah has indeed come? Is it someone who believes that God can answer prayers and perform miracles in people’s lives? James 2:19, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” Even Satan knows that Jesus is Lord. Why else would the name of Jesus Christ, our loving God, be used in cursing so much? There is power in Jesus. Satan hates this fact and has worked to remove the mention of Jesus in our society except while promoting … Continue reading

21 Things I’ve Learned about My Christian Walk at the Gym

If you go to a gym, it might be fun to seek out a correlation of your faith and your workout. The following are some things I’ve come up with: 1. Doing the right thing might take some sacrifice but is worth it at the end of the day. 2. My Christian walk is like being on a moving treadmill; when I’m not walking forward, I’m back-sliding. 3. I don’t make it very far if I haven’t eaten a good meal or drank enough water. 4. Just when I don’t think I can take another step, I learn that I … Continue reading

Author Review: Max Lucado

Best-selling Christian author Max Lucado first came on to the scene for me with his children’s book “You are Special.” It was read aloud in church, it was talked about in the bookstore, and suddenly the name “Max Lucado” was everywhere. What I didn’t realize, and what many didn’t realize, was that Max was not new. It’s we who were new to the knowledge of him. Max was born in 1955 in Texas, the youngest of four. He went to Abilene Christian University with every intention of being a lawyer, but as he took the Bible course that was required … Continue reading

Trials and Faith: Persecution

Throughout the Bible we can read stories of persecution to those who followed God. Some were even martyred for their beliefs. The persecution of Christians, among others, is still happening today. In some nations like China, Christians are forced to register with the government in order to attend a certain congregation. You might have heard of underground churches there where Christians are gathering in secret so they can worship God freely. Time magazine did a story a few months ago on this topic. Folks, this is not just happening in China, it’s happening all over! Christians have suffered beating, and … Continue reading

Homeschooling Sectarianism & How It Hurts Us

Homeschooling is as political as it is a movement in education. Homeschooling is frequently associated with the religious right. Therefore, “right-wing” political causes are attached to home schooling. Take Generation Joshua for example. This is a civics program offered through HSLDA that teaches youth about civics by putting them on the campaign trail. Even HSLDA itself takes up causes that are not only central to home schooling but are central to conservative Evangelical Christian values. Interestingly, recent statistics show there are about 1.2 million homeschoolers in the United States. However, those who would identify themselves as Christian Evangelicals make up … Continue reading

The ABC’s of Bible Verses

I have always been a strong Christian, and up until more recently, I hadn’t really included any of that in my scrapbooks. Why? I’m not exactly sure. Christianity is a huge part of who I am. My church is definitely a home to me and lately we’ve been so active up at church with events, I have spent far more time concentrating on layouts about who I am as a Christian. I feel it is important to include more than just the events, but also to detail your journey as a Christian, details about your church, minister or priest, etc. … Continue reading