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Benefits of Good Doctrine

You believe something, but why do you believe it? You have beliefs about many things. You have strong opinions about God regarding what He is like or not like, how much He is involved in your life or how little, and what He can or cannot do. You have serious views about marriage – you have thoughts about the role of the husband, role of the wife, submission, leadership in the home, and raising children. You have convictions about things like what happens after life, what heaven and hell are like, the role of the Holy Spirit in your life and who Jesus is. All your thoughts and ideas about matters dealing with God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, God’s Word, the devil, the spiritual world, angels and the like make you a theologian. Whether we like it or not, every one of us is a theologian. We all have a set of beliefs. The question is, what are your beliefs based on? What is the foundation of your theology? Continue reading

Following Jesus (Part 2)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). Let’s review.

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head (for more details on what it means to “follow me” see part 1 of this series).

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart. Continue reading

Follow Me (part 1)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). That is a powerful statement and is packed full of meaning. There are three major phrases in that statement. 

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head.

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart.

Third, Jesus says He will make us “fish for people.” Jesus saved us for a purpose. You have a mission. You have a ministry. You have a job to do in God’s kingdom. You have been created in such a way and have been given a spiritual gift that equips you to reach and minister to other people (Eph. 2:8-10). This deals with your hands.

When Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fish for people,” He was addressing their head, heart, and hands: what they thought, how they felt, and what they did. This was a call to total life transformation. Continue reading

Types of Depression

Depression is a state of emotional heaviness that weighs down the heart. Depression is an umbrella term that covers feelings ranging from mild discouragement to intense despair. In order to better understand depression let me describe four types or degrees of depression. Continue reading

A Definition of Depression

A simple definition of depression is an emotional heaviness that weighs down the heart. If you place a heavy object on a heart-shaped pillow filled with foam rubber, the pillow will become pressed down (de-pressed). If you remove the heavy object, the pillow will pop back up to its original form. The same is true for the human heart. When “pressed down” due to pressure from situations, your heart is designed by God to rebound once the pressure is removed. Continue reading

How Does God Answer Prayer?

We can ask many questions about prayer. Does God answer prayer the same way all the time? What if God doesn’t answer my prayer? What if He answers my prayer but I don’t like the way He answered it? How come God answered someone else’s prayer immediately, but He hasn’t answered mine? To help answer these questions we need to examine five ways God answers prayer. Continue reading

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