4 results for tag: judgment


Judge All Things!

According to 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, we who have the Spirit of God “have the mind of Christ” and “judge all things.”  This means that we have both the privilege and the responsibility of living thoughtful lives, lives that constantly evaluate the messages presented to us by a world lost in darkness.  One extremely valuable skill to develop is to “deconstruct” those messages, to get behind the media into the mind of the creator and ask ourselves, “What is this commercial, movie, advertisement, or whatever other source, trying to convince me is true?  What do the producers think is true or false, good or bad?  How does this message ...

Life’s Ultimate “What If?”

Today's Easter message from 1 Cor. 15:12-20 is now on the web. You can listen to the audio here. Here is how I summarized the argument in this portion of the epistle: But here’s the good news. Paul has trafficked in the hypothetical for the purposes of his logical argument in these last eight verses. He has made his point. Denying the reality bodily resurrection results in logically necessary consequences of the most catastrophic kinds – false gospel, futile preaching and faith, fraudulent witness, flourishing sin, forever death, and forlorn-to-the-utmost believers. But none of that is the case! Look at v. 20. But in fact Christ has been raised ...

Texts That Terrify

Some passages of Scripture terrify (or at least they should) believers across the board. For example, Matthew 12:36 warns, On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. If that doesn't flat out scare you given the difficulties attached to taming the tongue (see James 3), I don't know what will. Other verses raise the hair on special interest heads only, like Hebrews 13:17. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. The church elder/p...

How to Be Certain Your Faith Is Certifiably Genuine (Part 2)

Today's message is now on the web. You can listen to it here. Here is the quote from Charles Spurgeon with which I led off in the message: Assurance of your salvation will bring you "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding." If you know that you are saved, you can sit down in poverty, or in sickness, or under slander, and feel perfectly content. Full assurance is the Koh-i-noor (Persian for "Mountain of Light" - a 105 carat diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world) amongst the jewels wherewith the heavenly Bridegroom adorns his spouse. Assurance is a mountain of spices, a land that floweth with milk and honey. To be ...