“Why am I in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.“ 1 Cor. 15:30-32
Paul was in danger constantly. He could say that he died every day! He fought wild beasts! His gospel ministry took him constantly into danger.
Why is Paul talking about this? The Corinthians were denying the resurrection. Paul wants them to be very clear on this: if there is no resurrection we should indeed eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. We should not be risking our life for the sake of the gospel. If we will not be raised from the dead, we should be partying! Yes, folks, non-Christians have the right idea: if this life is all there is we should maximise our fun and partying.
But this life is not all there is. If it was all there is, I can’t understand why Continue reading
Sometimes little decisions are much bigger than they may appear at first glance. Let’s say that my boss at work wants me to stay back late, but it’s Bible study night. Should I go to Bible study? Or should I stay at work?
It seems to be rare that someone would fall away from the faith by making a one time decision that Christianity is not true. Usually people drift away from the faith, slowly.
A friend of mine works in ministry to the medical profession. He told me once that a survey showed that 70% of medical students who were Christian fell away from the faith. That’s an enormous percentage. The reason why this is the case is probably due to the fact that medicine is a career that is all consuming. Enormous hours at all sorts of times are required. Medicos can start to miss church and Bible study. They can find it difficult to find the time to keep reading the Bible. After several months they may find that they haven’t read the Bible or been to church, and it no longer seems to matter. Slowly they drift off.
Of course this is not true of all medicos (there’s the 30%!). And it’s not just doctors who are in such spiritual danger. There are some law and accounting firms that seem to demand similar hours from their workers. No doubt there Continue reading
Our deepest condolences to the people of Norway as they struggle to cope with this national tragedy. It is our prayer that in their sorrow many will turn to God for solace and comfort.
The following is an article from Lighthouse Trails.
The man who committed the atrocities on Friday, July 22, 2011 in Norway is being called a “Christian fundamentalist,” and already, stories are hitting the mainstream media telling the world to look out for Christian fundamentalists. Frank Schaeffer, son of theologian Francis Schaeffer, has likened the Norway killer to those who oppose abortion in his article on Saturday titled ”Christian Jihad? Why We Should Worry About Right-Wing Terror Attacks Like Norway’s in the US,” saying ”the terror unleashed on Norway” is “the sort of white, Christian, far right terror America can expect more of.”
But is the Norway killer a fundamentalist Christian (someone who follows the fundamental teachings of the Bible)? The answer to this is a resounding Continue reading