Defining Intimacy with God

John, the Apostle, proclaimed “God is love!” Many wrongly accept that truth as the definitive and all-inclusive statement on the nature God. It is not. Eastern religious movements do not focus on the person of God, but on the essence, thus for them, “Love is god!” They interchange the descriptive adjective and subject. The declaration…

Jesus and the Spiritual Disciplines

Jesus encourages three disciplines in Matthew 6:5-18 – prayer, fasting, and giving. Other disciplines orbit around these primary directives. In each case, He warns against ostentatious displays. Each is deeply personal, quietly embraced, but rewarded by God only if offered in a sincere and humble manner. These three disciplines control all of life. They provide…

Restoring the Lost Fear of God

Every seven years, Israel was to celebrate a Sabbath. In that year, the land was to rest, to lay fallow. And something else, quite extraordinary, and under-emphasized, was to take place – The Seventh Year National Education Campaign. According to Deuteronomy 31:10-13, Israel was instructed to gather during this Sabbath year, in a national assembly,…

Reverence vs. Respect

There has been a recent trend to eliminate kneelers in liturgical churches. Some see the act of kneeling as demeaning. In many Pentecostal churches, the practice of kneeling in prayer has also virtually disappeared, as has the practice of tarrying at an altar, the congregation gathered before God on their knees. “Come, let us bow…

Let Us Come – Not So Boldly!

We quote quite liberally the passage from Hebrews, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Let’s examine the passage: ‘Come’ – means to near worshipping, and the tense indicates our continuous action of approaching God. We…

The Gray People

Do you ever wish you were a more talented person? More colorful? Clever? Perhaps even the ‘life of the party’. The witty one. There are those people who seem to shine. They glisten. Bubble. They get attention. They get our attention. They are cute, smart, and fashionable – they set the trend. Then there are…