Feb 15

Faith to Overcome, how can I increase my faith?

Faith to Overcome

1 John 5:4-5 NIV   for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

There are a number of TV preachers today (sometimes called “faith preachers”) teaching a doctrine of “hyper faith.” The concept is that if you have enough faith that you can make any request and God will honor it (often called, “name it and claim it”.) It is suggested that, if you have enough faith, you can *know* that God will give you whatever you want. It is a very appealing concept to the materialist mindset of people today. And, these preachers often hedge their bets by blaming the seeker for not having enough faith when their request is not answered.

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Feb 08

Who is my brother?

who is my brother

Larry, Daryl, and Daryl from “Newhart”

Who is my brother?

1 John 1:7-10 NIV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.   If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Who are our “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ? We have many calls today for an “ecumenical” union of the various religions. Secular (and even religious) leaders rehearse the phrase, “many paths to the same God.” Continue reading