Monday, October 31, 2016

The Real Man in a Beta Male World

Our culture is presenting a soft, effeminate male as the ideal while a group of bullies have laid claim to the title of "Alpha Male." In a world of beta males and phony alpha males, where does the Real Man stand?

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Wisdom in a Foolish World

In a world of foolishness and darkened understanding, true wisdom is of even greater value. It must be sought. ©Mike Kerby & Jesus' Outsider Ministries

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Sometimes, keeping my mouth shut isn't easy. There are times when I hear something said that makes my eye twitch but the situation demands that I hold my tongue. One such incident sparked this blog.

The other night, a man who calls himself a pastor made a statement that made my blood boil. In the midst of a conversation, he said, "I know what the Scriptures say, but I believe this" and then proceeded to explain his view on the topic. I was a common view in the church and almost Biblical but not quite. Just a hint, if you have to express your belief with the statement, "I know what the Scriptures say but," you've probably believed something that isn't true.

Of course, this idea isn't new. People and teachers have crafted their own beliefs for centuries. Ignoring or using the Word out of context are the oldest deceptions the enemy has in his arsenal. If he can get us to live our lives based upon lies and spread them, he wins. Eventually, he can convince us of anything the further we get from the grounding of the Word.

Remember, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Tim 3:16,17) That's pretty clear. Ignore the Scriptures at your own peril. Teach others to do likewise, the peril increases. "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." (James 3:1) That verse gives me chills every time I read it. Each time I get behind a mic or take the platform, I remember that verse and focus on what the Word says. Those who would disregard any part of the Bible would do well to remember the same.

However, there are times that someone could say "I know what the Scriptures say but..." and it be perfectly acceptable. It all depends on what follows. Obviously, the previous and all too common use leading to false teachings and justification of sin isn't one that works well. In contrast, consider the following: 
  • I know what the Scriptures say but I'm having a hard time understanding it. 
  • I know what the Scriptures say but I don't know how to live it out. 
  • I know what the Scriptures say but I have questions. 

Do you see the difference? The first use justifies the flesh but these come from a place of humility and a desire to grow. Asking questions seeking understanding is essential to anyone who follows Christ. No matter how long someone has served the Lord, no matter how well one knows the Word, there is still more to learn. We can grow only when we are seeking knowledge and how to gain true Godly wisdom from that knowledge.

If the latter is how you approach the "but," you're in good company. Seek the Lord diligently, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Tim 2:15) That comes from seeking understanding and wisdom.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Election Season

A national talk show host often tells his audience, "Elections Matter." He's right, but there's more at stake here than just who wins office. This election may have eternal consequences but not for why you might think.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Dangerous Cliches

We hear them all the time. We may even say them ourselves. Phrases and statements that drip so easily from the tongue usually offered in times of trial or grief. Is it possible that these cliches may actually be doing harm?

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Porn Culture

College fraternities putting up signs asking fathers to drop off their daughters. Feminists screaming rape culture but in the very next breath advocate for the very root of this modern sexual nightmare.

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