A Biblical, Balanced “Name & Claim, Decree & Declare”

I had my time periods of being extremely anti-name-&-claim and anti-word of faith movement. I have learned that heresy comes from being extreme on either side. There is an importance in balance and in being biblical. The bible does not condemn people asking God for what they want. It just doesn’t want people to ask…

What Good Is Seminary?

What good is seminary? As a devout Christian, after graduating with my Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from a theological seminary (and by the grace of God with a 4.0 GPA), I feel I am adequately equipped to answer this question. Some believe that seminary is where to go if one wants to become a…

Afraid to Take Communion After a Sinful Week?

1 Corinthians 11:17 – But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,…

Is Your Pastor More of a Shepherd or a Zookeeper?

Acts: 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to…

Does God Love the Uncheerful – Yet Generous – Giver?

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. This is one of the most quoted Bible verses during a worship service during the offering segment. God loves a cheerful giver. Usually when people hear this, they try…

False Profits: Prophe-lying to Remain Relevant?

2 Peter 1:20-21 –  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Aren’t you glad that Peter was used of God to tell…