Understanding Jesus' Baptism

The Need to Be Knowledgeable

In a world full of false teaching it is incumbent upon the Christian to be as knowledgeable about the Word of God and as wise in its teaching and application as possible. One of the most frustrating areas of conflict with false teachers is over the necessity of baptism for conversion. While the New Testament is plain in its language and intent, many still seek to find exceptions to its teaching.

What Can We Count On?

A Strange Correlation

There seems to be in life a strange correlation between needing a piece of equipment to do something immediately and that same piece of equipment failing completely. This has been called “Murphy’s Law” describing that when the worst can possibly happen, the worst will happen. On balance, this is more likely a perception problem. We seldom notice when equipment functions correctly, but we notice when it does not.

What Christians Were Not Promised

A Proviso

As a preface to what will be discussed in this article, this author would like to make it clear that he is ever grateful to God for all of the blessings that we enjoy that will be described. This is not meant to disparage or to make light of these blessings, but instead to provide a realistic, spiritual perspective.

Handing Over Control to God

A Universal Truism

One universal truism about the nature of mankind is that men and women make very poor masters of our own lives. Without exception, we at some point fail and fall short of God’s expectation (Rom. 3:23). However, even knowing this, there is a strong temptation to be the master of our lives and to allow a “self”, which those in Christ have spiritually died to (Rom. 6), to once again be an influence over our decisions both great and small.

The Cynical Christian?

An Imperfect World

The world is not a perfect place, it is so ultimately because of the foolish choices of man. God created an idyllic world for man which man rejected, leading us into a world with many problems. Life can be cruel and unfair, yet it can also be rewarding and full of many blessings given by God. It is the uncertainty of the future or sometimes even the day that can cause us to stress about what will come.