A wooden plaque my wife bought me sits on a bookshelf in my office. It contains a concise, powerful message—“The man on the middle cross told me I can come.” You may wonder what the violent death of a first century carpenter has to do with you. The answer is everything!
We all face dry spells when prayer feels like a waste of time. Every Christian experiences times when God seems a million miles away. Then we must walk by faith and not by our feelings. When we can’t trace God’s hand, we must trust His heart. Excluding Psalms, the Bible records over 650 prayers, of which at least 450 have recorded answers. So, we should expect God to answer our prayers. However, we should also identify and remove any hindrances. Consider ten common reasons for unanswered prayer:
Many believe the Antichrist will be a literal, global leader but the spirit of Antichrist already permeates the world with its corrosive influence. We need keen spiritual discernment to recognize and resist it. Jesus warned that the number one sign indicating His soon return is mass deception (Mt. 24:4-5). He predicted deception will be so rampant in the last days that even the elect would be deceived “if possible” (Mt. 24:24).
Thankfully, those who live by Biblical truth and listen to the Holy Spirit will not be deceived. Discernment is “the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, truth from error, to perceive, detect, or to recognize.” The more familiar we are with a genuine item, the easier it is to spot a fake. The more we know and love the true Christ, the less vulnerable we will be to the spell of the Antichrist.
Like many Americans, I was appalled by and ashamed of what transpired in Washington DC as protesters stormed the capitol. It was an ugly and sad day for America and a bad look to the rest of the world. I love our country deeply and it grieves me to see the hatred and division on both sides. I have no issue with peaceful protesting. I believe the media is often biased and distorts the truth. Plus, in politics people often play dirty (all is fair in love and war and in politics).Read More
We all like the easy button. We all want 2021 to be easier, better, and more normal than 2020. Last year brought many challenges, changes, interruptions, and inconveniences (masks, long lines, higher prices, shortages of food, money, and other products). There was a lot of social, political, and financial upheaval. It challenged our comfort zones, stretched our faith, and made us pray and depend on God more than ever. Face it, we don’t like change. Truly, the only people who like change are wet babies!