The Power of One

Just this past weekend was the Super Bowl. The whole nation stopped to watch it. On each side of the football, men dressed in battle gear lined up to either advance or stop the movement of the ball, 11 on each side. Big men. Strong men. Men with war-paint, cleats and helmets. Six officials joined…

Examine Yourself

The Corinthian church was in a critically important location. At the time of Paul’s missionary journeys, Corinth was the leading city of Achaia. Achaia was the Roman province which covered the southern part of the modern nation of Greece. Athens was still the educational centre of Achaia, but Corinth was the capital of the Roman…

Living a Life of Integrity

Apologetics is the branch of theology that focuses on the defense of the faith before the uninformed world, before skeptics and unbelievers. A trained apologist has the ability to articulate a reasonable and compelling case, evidence for the veracity of Christianity. The theological discipline requires a great deal of complex and critical thinking that is…

The Danger of Conformity

In Korea, at the turn of the last century, there were no Christian churches – then, as a result of sparks from Azusa Street, God moved through the nation. Seoul was so impacted by spiritual renewal that it became known as the second Jerusalem. Then sadly and suddenly, the Japanese Occupation of Korea took place.…

Defining Sin

The Scripture, Old and New Testament, call the people of God, to reflect the holiness of the God they serve, “Be holy, for I am holy!” (Lev. 20:7; I Pet. 1:16) Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father…

Rationalization of Holiness

Repent doesn’t mean to “be sorry” or ashamed or regretful that we got caught. It does involve sorry. It should entail profound and behavior altering regret. Repentance means “a change of thought/action, to correct a wrong and achieve reconciliation.” It assumes the violation of some value, standard, the breaking of some law, and the desire…

The Loss of Holiness as a Christian Ideal

The sign said, “Girls, Girls, Girls.” It advertised a scandalous entertainment establishment. On the same sign were also the words, “God Bless America!” The prayer for God’s blessing and the invitation to celebrate clearly carnal behavior were on the same sign. Amazing. The connection between morality and faith, immorality and judgment are virtually gone –…

The Formula for Awakening

II Chronicles 7:14 declares, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” To begin with there are two requirements. First, there is the necessity…