How Not To Relationally Betray The Savior's Sufficiency

We all know of that great apostle named Paul. He was the one who declared that, “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). In his service to Christ, he often found himself rejected, persecuted, abandoned, and alone. Yet, he was the one who came to the conclusion that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (v. 13).


Through triumph but mostly trial, Paul’s love for Christ only deepened; which says a lot about why the Lord allows His faithful followers to suffer and be persecuted on various levels. I think that Jesus wanted to prepare us for such a life, which is why He spoke words like the following to His disciples:

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he should be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household” (Matthew 10:24-25; 19:29).

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A Redress To Today's Most Common Mis-Characterization of CHRIST's Church

Webster’s defines a phobia as an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. It seems these days that the word has lost its use in all sorts of contexts thanks to drug treatment, psychotherapy, and other scientific techniques. The irony of it all though is that while there are phobias of all kinds that people have and are coping with, it is also clear that people are losing the fear of the shame of immorality, the healthy respect for authority, government, and the rule of law.


Worst of all, people are more contemptuous of God than ever before. It is funny though that there remains one context in which the word phobia tends to thrive. It is continually heard within the rhetoric of the modern-day catchword homophobia.

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Persecution For Righteousness' Sake

It goes without saying that the life of a follower of Christ can be like a two-edged sword. Even before He was born, it was said of Jesus by angels that the babe in the manger was sent from God to bring peace on earth and good will towards men. Yet Jesus also said of Himself that He did not come to send peace on earth, but a sword.


Everywhere Jesus went, He did good. Yet, He also stirred up godly strife. Yes, there is such a thing as godly strife. As Jesus came preaching the gospel of salvation from sin, many who believed in Him liked, lauded and lifted Him up in praise. Yet, many who were unwilling to deal with their sins wished Him and even His followers dead. Simply put, friendships and closest family relationships were dissolved as some dedicated their lives to Christ while others remained committed to themselves and other people and things of the world.

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