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A while back the Barna
Group released a report titled, "Six Reasons Young Christians Leave
Under reason two, "Teens’ and twenty-somethings’
experience of Christianity is shallow" they write:
"A second reason that
young people depart church as young adults is that something is lacking in
their experience of church. One-third said “church is boring” (31%).
One-quarter of these young adults said that “faith is not relevant to my career
or interests” (24%) or that “the Bible is not taught clearly or often enough”
(23%). Sadly, one-fifth of these young adults who attended a church as a
teenager said that “God seems missing from my experience of church”
If one takes a look at the
modern church-scape I can see why. The gap between those pastors and teachers
that are fired up about Jesus and those that do not preach all of the gospel
was never more ap…
In the Bible there are several sexual sins that are categorized under the term,"Sexual Immorality." Not the least of these is, "Fornication." However fornication has become an outdated, and in many places, the acceptable sin in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As a matter of fact, many do not even know what the term "fornication" means. Since the advent of the modern Bible translation, many have never heard of it. This article focuses on what the Scripture says about this out-of-control acceptable sin.
Fornication is mentioned thirty-six times in the Bible (MT), thirty-two times in the New Testament. In almost all modern translations the word has been substituted with, "sexual immorality" and has come to mean any number of sexual sins. However, sin (missing the mark) is still sin and sin still separates a person from God. So why has this sin become so acceptable even in modern churches????
Perhaps you have seen the story of
"Daniel's Gloves". It has been floating around the internet since
2001 according to snopes.com. They also tell us the original author is Richard Ryan
the assistant Pastor of a Church in Indiana. I refer to this story—which you
will find posted below mine—because of the effect that helping one in need can
actually have on a believer’s life. One of the things I have done in
the past is monitor just how many people there are who simply pass on by those
who are holding a sign stating “Will work for food” or “Need Help for me and my
children.” If you ask the hurting they will tell you there are literally
hundreds and hundreds who just will not help. Truly it is a sad testimony that “one
or a few bad apple(s) can spoil a whole bushel.” It is definitely something I also
have observed. For some reason we either fear them, fear confrontation or fear
being deceived. Whatever the reason, I often wonder how God feels about it. Just a few months bac…
The Bible teaches of an upcoming Wedding Day that the Church should be on cloud nine over!! Rev. 19:7-9 states:
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
The passage above speaks of two distinct events, the Marriage of the Lamb and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Both of these events are reminiscent of the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony where the Bride would become betrothed to her Groom and he would go away to build her a home. In the meantime she would wait anxiously for his return with shouts from his wedding party of "The Bridegroom Comes!" When the shouts were heard she wou…
Recently my wife was
speaking to a young mother of five about her relationship to her children's father. The young woman had brought up the subject and my wife told her that as a Pastor's wife and Christian how she felt about getting right with God. She said, you really need to get married. The woman said she agreed and was indeed concerned about it. Then, point blank, and no doubt because of current world events and the anti-Christian cultural shift, she asked my wife, "Are we in the last days?" Brenna was able to share with her the love of Christ and how close we are to His return. People are ripe to hear the truth. They have questions and we have answers.
Evangelism does not come easy to most people but if we pray for the Lord to use us in the special way that only He can then opportunities will arise for us to share our faith. All we need to do is listen to His voice and say, "Yes Lord. I will."
Ray Comfort is one of the foremost evangelists of our ti…