"Kingdom" doctrine is a big deal with a lot of ministries today. But is it all being taught well? Or are Christian people being given extreme expectations that end up leaving them broken and disappointed?
This is a logical outline of this morning's message:
It has become a commonplace reminder from psychologists that Christmas is a depressing holiday for a lot of people. Because we are caught up in the nostalgic sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas, they remind us of Christmases past, and of people who either are or are not with us. These memories can trigger bitter feelings, if the memories are of bad events; or grief, if the memories are grievous.
This morning, while driving to my office, I heard three voices speak on Christian radio. One quoted 2 Peter 3:8-9, and called all his listeners to bow the knee to Christ and ask Him to become their Savior. The second said that the reason Christians are so bad is because we try so hard to be good, and that goodness is not achieved by trying. The third said that anyone who questions his own salvation is listening to the devil.
Christ wants His people to pray, and not lose heart, and He told a political parable to make the point.
Sociologist Dr. Tony Campolo, long a popular speaker at Christian youth and social-action events, has recently declared himself not an evangelical (see Shane Vander Hart's recent column at https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2016/09/three-reasons-i-agree-with-tony-campolo-that-he-isnt-an-evangelical/).
This has been an ugly week for racially-driven violence. Two different black men were executed by police officers, and black snipers killed five white police officers during a rally in Dallas. The Bible tells us:
I'm glad that God can read minds. He doesn't need us to be able to speak, to hear us say, "Dear Lord Jesus Christ, be merciful to me, a sinner."
This is just a short thought on what the Bible teaches about male leadership, and setting it in contrast to a way that claims to be Scriptural but is not.