I Thought the Gospel Incited Persecution

Often, churches today share the Gospel to a community where they become popular. In fact, they become a friend of the community. Perhaps this is good. Perhaps this is the apt and effective end result. You even see pastors working comfortably with and for politicians, serving as their "spiritual adviser," whatever that means. It seems … Continue reading I Thought the Gospel Incited Persecution

When You Find Yourself Aligned with Pharisees

Pharisees were highly educated and prominently positioned religious leaders in the time of Jesus, but he saw them as nothing but "blind guides" and hypocrites, experts on minor things but faulty with majors things (straining out a gnat but swallowing a camel). Jesus told his disciples that Pharisees were better left and ignored. But what if … Continue reading When You Find Yourself Aligned with Pharisees

Kingdom that Eliminates Fear

One day Jesus and his disciples had to cross a lake to do ministry at the other side. While crossing, a furious storm met them and was about to sink the boat they were in. Where do you think would a Kingdom person be found in such emergency? With other believers praying really hard? Agreeing to … Continue reading Kingdom that Eliminates Fear

Kingdom Classified Ad: Experienced Servants Wanted

One time, I was meditating John 3, particularly Nicodemus' meet with Jesus one night. Being the first time that the term "born again" was used in the history of the universe, naturally, Nicodemus knew nothing about it. So he asked Jesus how anyone could be born again. But Jesus didn't answer it. He just stressed … Continue reading Kingdom Classified Ad: Experienced Servants Wanted

To People Who Hate Judgment

"Judge me when you become perfect," said one post on Facebook. It's the mark of the generation today---they hate being corrected or judged. To them, nothing is really wrong with wrong things. They say each one has the right to do whatever he wants to do or live however he wants to live, and no … Continue reading To People Who Hate Judgment

Ever-Increasing Glory Means Getting Simpler, Not Complicated

Everybody's trying to make church complicated these days. It has to have this and that and those and a lot more things. It has to have a lot more ministries and "mission works" and programs and activities and various kinds of "fellowships." A lot more facilities, buildings and properties. The more complicated, the more they say … Continue reading Ever-Increasing Glory Means Getting Simpler, Not Complicated

Spoken and Written WORD

In my article, The Most Important Signs and Wonders, I ended up with mentioning the spoken and written Word of God. It's important to understand the difference if you want to produce genuine new creations in Christ in your church---and genuine new creations can only be produced by the hand of God. Thus, his signs … Continue reading Spoken and Written WORD

Pure Heart for Evangelism or Pure Greed to Increase Church Membership?

Two impetus can drive us to do things in ministry---compassion or greed. If you're a denominational pastor, you're likely to be spurred on by greed. You are trained by your denomination to get as many people into your church as possible to up your church membership---because more membership means more church income. And more income … Continue reading Pure Heart for Evangelism or Pure Greed to Increase Church Membership?