True or False: There are some people that don't deserve any mercy and there are many people that do deserve mercy. (WARNING: we're heading into DEEP theological waters, so put your spiritual scuba gear on...or learn to breath GOD! The stakes? Your eternal fate.) And before I give the answer to my little quiz, please … Continue reading The FREE Gift?
The Bible likens the Church of Jesus Christ to an assembly, a body, a family, a kingdom and an army. Why so many metaphors? How can the Church of Christ be like five different things--at the same time??? In 2nd Corinthians 12:28 Paul gives the impression that there's a "pecking order" in the Church...an idea … Continue reading Your Pastorship
Emanuel Minos (1925-2014) was born in the Belgian Congo of a Greek father and a Congelose mother. At the age of four he was adopted by the Norwegian pioneer missionaries Gunnerius and Oddbjørg Tollefsen. Emanuel was known even at five years of age as a preacher, and this characterized him for the rest of his life. … Continue reading Two Prophecies (Part 2)
Lately I've been active on a social website named Quora. Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. Quora is a place where you can ask questions you care about and get answers that, according to the site's creators, are "amazing." I was a member on Quora literally for YEARS before I participated at … Continue reading The End of Happiness
I'd like to share some very important truths from Christ's encounter with the rich young ruler narrated in my previous blog post. This historic meeting, described in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 19:16–30; Mark 10:17–31; Luke 18:18–30) shines a revelatory light on Salvation, Redemption and the critical relationship between the Law of God and the Grace … Continue reading ‘One Thing’ Revisited
The sun...the same sun that gives us physical light, and catalyzes growth and activity on our planet...had not yet on that day two thousand years ago risen over Lake Kinneret... ...yet the glow of its presence had already begun to warm the air, illuminate the shores and boats on the waters at Kapher Nahum, and … Continue reading One Thing
There are not enough pages in the world to document what God accomplished in The Cross of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, I will in this article focus on four critical tasks performed by God in Christ's Cross. Task One: In The Cross of Jesus Christ God legally removes the primary obstacle between you and Himself. Task … Continue reading THE CROSS
Does an experience as universal as loneliness really require an eradicating cure? Can you even imagine a society in which loneliness doesn't exist??? It could be argued that loneliness serves the same function for the human soul (and spirit) as hunger and thirst do for the human body. Hunger is the body's way of telling … Continue reading LONELINESS!
You know what it's like to be treated unjustly. Injustice stabs like a dagger--especially when the victim is one's self. In a very real sense, injustice is a form of rape: a violation of one's dignity and an affront to one's personal worth. If you're an American citizen such violations between individuals are not easily … Continue reading Revengeance for All!
This article finishes the Perfection Howto continued from last week. Step Seven: Practice the pleasure of Divine Dependency (translation: start TRUSTING GOD and stop worrying). You may have noticed the glaring omission of Prayer from this Howto; it shall be addressed under Step Seven. It is quite unfortunate that for so many well-meaning believers Prayer is … Continue reading How to be Perfect (Part 5)