Without Sin!

“You sinner!” The preacher thundered from the pulpit in our small Pentecostal church, and, as a 10-year-old boy, he had me convinced. Yep, I was a sinner and I needed to be saved. So, that’s what I did. In fact, every time there was a chance to be “saved” I took it! (I still do!) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to never sin again? But what if our idea of what sin really…

The Discipline of Generosity

What is it about giving money to the church that always seems to rile up folks? Do people think the parish runs on good intentions? Why is this topic one of the top subjects in the scriptures and one of the most controversial topics even today? To be honest, it has little to do with actual giving, and even less to do with money itself. The reason financial support of the Church…

The Generosity of Love

We hear it all the time. “You Christians should be more concerned about the poor.” And, to be sure, no one who reads the Bible in any serious way can deny that God looks with certain love on the poor and weak. In fact, the scripture is clear that how we treat the poor is a direct reflection of how much we love God. Ignore the poor, and don’t be surprised when…

You’re Only Fooling Yourself!

I’m my own worst enemy. The reason for this is that my ability to either delude myself or to overreact is so “normal” to me that it is really hard to be objective about my struggles by myself. I’m either too hard on myself or too easy on myself! Learning this opened my eyes to the wisdom of the Timeless Faith in encouraging me to have a regular confessor and to see…

Wow and Wake Up!

When I was a boy, I remember seeing the Wizard of OZ for the first time on a color TV set. Needless to say, I was absolutely mesmerized by the wonder of the change from black and white to color, but I also remember being very much sympathetic to the Cowardly Lion when the group of seekers of help first encountered The Wizard. The effects of the head floating in the air and the smoke and the fire…

The Liberating Power of Confession

St. John Chrysostom declares “Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people confide in me that they don’t go to confession because they are ashamed. What a brilliant trick of the evil one! The very medicine that would cure your heart sickness is the one thing you’re most afraid to do. And, of course, folks tell me they don’t want me…

The Prime Directive

What is it about close relationships that either blind you or enlighten you? What I mean is, I’ve known folks who were so close to someone else that they were absolutely blind to that other person’s faults. I’ve seen it get so bad that the two people were so enmeshed with each other that they really were their own worst enemies when it came to other friends and relatives. There’s nothing like…

Put Off Your Old Nature!

It was an old suit, but I loved it! It had both sentimental value and the added benefit of actually fitting me! But my dear bride said it had to go! Sure, it had a few stains but I thought they were hard to see. Yes, there was a tear inside the jacket, but I was the only one who was going to see that. And, OK, so the pants were a…

A NEW Faith Encouraged LIVE Show!

Guess who’s recording a NEW Faith Encouraged LIVE Show today? Yep, yours truly and my special guest Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man broadcast. Details coming soon when you can hear it! FaithEncouraged.org