Bible Portal

7 Reasons why Christian Leaders Fall

Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp. Although I’m disappointed, my faith is not shaken becaus... Read More

Alcohol - Liberty has limits

True freedom in Christ allows for personal freedoms, but most freedoms are intended to work within a framework of social responsibility (cf. Galatians 5:13). Food and beverage, for example, are good, but we are warned against extremes such as gluttony and drunkenness. Most anyone who has lived with ... Read More

Altar Calls - Are They A biblical Approach?

The altar call is an appeal where the speaker invites attendees to come forward as a way of acknowledging their decision to follow Christ. Many consider Charles Finney (1792-1875) to be the founder of the altar call even though early Methodist used a similar approach known as the “mourners bench.” I... Read More

America Then vs Now

Newsweek magazine, on December 27, 1982, in an article entitled, How the Bible Made America, made this revealing statement, “historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document.” To understand the core values of a nation, one must simply look ... Read More

America We are Sinking One Step At a Time

Within the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God’s Word in several areas, and the abortingof millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are be... Read More

An Indictment Against America

An Indictment Against America. God Help Us. K.P. Yohannan, in his powerful book, No Longer A Slumdog, seeks to help the people of Asia. He makes a striking comparison between life in America and the slums of developing countries: “After a risky home delivery on the dirt floor of the family shack, yo... Read More

An Urgent Memorial Day Wake-up call

“We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own” (Abraham Lincoln). Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a ma... Read More

Being tempted isn't sin - surrendering to it is

“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, “Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night w... Read More

Christian Leaders Continue to Drift from the Truth

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). It’s not my practice to name names, but I was saddened (not surprised) to... Read More

Church hopping is often fueled by commercialism

A significant number of people are switching churches and/or discarding relationships. I’ve found that judging instead of loving often plays a role as seen in a recent correspondence, “I continue to move from church to church. I can’t seem to find a place where I fit. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m ... Read More

Do False Teachers Still Exist Today?

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are... Read More

Do you truly want revival? Most say "no"

“We need to close every church in the land for one Sunday and cease listening to a man so we can hear the groan of the Spirit which we in our lush pews have forgotten” (Leonard Ravenhill). A genuine revival is God reviving His people—“Wilt thou not revive us again that thy people may rejoice in thee... Read More

Doesn't the Bible say Judge Not?

A few years ago, a news report featured a famous athlete who was considering running for political office. As soon as the news correspondent asked about abortion and gay-marriage, the potential candidate became visibly upset. He criticized Christians and ended the interview saying, “Doesn’t the Bibl... Read More

Don't Forget About the Cross

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14). Why is the world offended by the cross? Why are so many disturbed when the name of Jesus is mentioned? Why is His name, above all others, often tak... Read More

Fathers - Families Would Rather "see" a Sermon

Our ministry often receives email correspondence from desperate wives and mothers. They often read something like this, “I’m at a loss. My ‘Christian’ husband is verbally and physically abusive. Ironically, he thinks that I’m the problem; he sees no need to change. He’ll quote Scriptures about submi... Read More

Five Lessons I learned from planting a church

Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has graciously honored our desire and is spreading His Word. Although we are a fairly new church with over 200 members, we are re... Read More

Genuine Worship

As mentioned last week, most who attend church are not truly worshipping God—they are simply going through the motions. Those who have truly experienced God worship Him…it’s a byproduct of genuine faith. Our lifestyle should reflect a heart of worship. This is not optional, it’s vital. We cannot liv... Read More

Has The Church Lost The Fear of the Lord

(When the word “church” is used, I’m referring to the church collectively, as a whole, rather than “all” churches.) ​As war rages in the Middle East, and the potential for nuclear war intensifies, the church is asleep at the wheel. Many Christians mock difficult messages ​from the pulpit and the pen... Read More

How Can We Avoid Counterfeits and False Teachers?

Although disheartening, society’s trend away from God’s Word and absolute truth is not surprising. The apostle Paul warned of this many years ago: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine (God’s Word), but according to their own desires … they will turn their ears away from t... Read More

How Great is our God? Creation Reveals a Creator

Christians don’t “check our brains at the door,” we simply acknowledge Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Every now and t... Read More

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