We tend to believe, as modern humans do, that we are not affected by the things around us, that we can always retreat into our minds. But, as Tolstoy noted with piercing insight in describing Stepan, we absorb much more than we think we do from the world around us.
Faith is often preached as a tool to obtain blessings from God. It is a gimmick which, when used correctly, can produce an abundance of worldly possessions. Prosperity and success are indicative of nothing. They certainly do not testify of faith.
Why do so many pastors run from conflict in the church? Why do they sometimes move on to a new flock before putting in the work to strengthen the one they’re already shepherding? Be encouraged today to press on, to stand and serve, and to seek the Lord from where He has placed you.
Why did God kill Nadab and Abihu for offering unauthorized worship before Him? For the inquisitive Christian, the standard explanation may be unsatisfactory because we want to know why Yahweh would not accept their worship.
In our examination of Paul’s salutation to the Ephesian church, we will explore Paul’s past life before salvation, his calling as an apostle by Christ, and the qualifications that validate his standing as one of the greatest apostles of Christ.
Clearly, the Lord cannot be outdone. But often even worship leaders, pastors, and other enthusiastic believers can be guilty of drawing too much attention to themselves, distracting from what God is doing. Are you upstaging God? What are the ways we inadvertently get out of our lane and distract from the ultimate frontman on the stage of life?