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Standing in Christ

Every true believer has the responsibility to be an orthodox theologian and a defender of truth. Unfortunately, we often abdicate this responsibility, wrongly assuming that we are not theologians and outsourcing theology to seminary professors and pastors. This thinking makes the church vulnerable to the wolves in sheep’s clothing that Paul warned about in Acts 20. In fact, a review of just the last 150 years of American Christianity reveals numerous churches and denominations who have become prey to these theologically liberal wolves. The only way the church can stand against these heretics is for the church, itself—the people—to know orthodox theology and be ready to defend it. That is Jude’s message. He doesn’t tell pastors or seminary professors to earnestly contend for the faith. He tells the church to keep itself in the love of God. The attacks of liberal theology will never be only the stuff of history books. Heresy is constantly repackaged and dressed up so it can sneak into our hearts and our churches unnoticed. Are you willing to contend for the faith? Will you be a part of keeping us in the love of God? May God keep us from stumbling and make us stand until we enter the presence of His glory. Read More

Partnering in Christ

One of the privileges of being a part of the larger body of Christ is that we have opportunity to partner with other believers who are doing God’s work in areas where we will likely never get to go. This partnership allows us the opportunity to participate in their ministry from afar through our support. This reality elevates our responsibility in missions as we recognize that both the good and the bad that are done in our supported ministries becomes our work. John was quick to warn the church about partnering with those who are deceivers and antichrists in 2 John, but in 3 John he encourages believers to actively participate in the work of those who are faithful. The responsibility is weighty, but the joy of seeing a spiritual return on our investment far outweighs the burden. We have a great privilege to partner with many good and faithful men and women who are using our support to push the church forward all around the world. May God strengthen us to fulfill our investment faithfully, and may He bless our missionaries with continued faithfulness in the work. Read More

The Strength that Perseveres

Peter wrote in his second epistle that God has given us everything that we need to pursue life and godliness. That includes the resources that are necessary to gain victory over Satan and temptation in spiritual warfare. We often take these resources for granted thinking of a cute children’s illustration dressed as an ancient Roman soldier, but the importance of our spiritual armor ought not be diminished. Consider how foolish one would be to enter a battle arrayed in shorts and a t-shirt. We are similarly foolish to think that we can enter spiritual battle without truth, righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and God’s Word. Without these essentials we are vulnerable to attack and defeat. May God strengthen us by the power of His might to stand firm in the armor of God in the evil day. Read More