And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds (Acts 7:22). And with all that pagan learning, what was the first thing Moses did out of the gate to serve God? He murdered an Egyptian! Moses was forty years old at the time (Acts 7:23)—my age.
The diamond industry has long been marred by violence and exploitation—hence the term “blood diamonds.” That tragic reality has helped fuel efforts to discover ways to make synthetic diamonds. Recently, German scientists were able to make diamonds out of peanut butter! The process involved applying staggering amounts of pressure over a few weeks to the
How can you be holy? How can you live a “deeper” life with Christ? I am reading a biography of Anthony Norris Groves, written by G. H. Lang. So far, it is excellent. Groves was one of the pioneers of the faith missions movement—he went to the mission field without salary or support and depended
My friend Allen Rea is always reading inspiring Christian biographies, and I often ask him for recommendations. Frankly, although I read a lot, I do not read many biographies. But Allen inspired me to pick some up. For example, I’m currently reading a biography of Robert Chapman, who became influential among the Plymouth Brethren. Apparently,
It has often been noted that for the Apostle Paul, practical sanctification begins with your mind. Your life is renewed as your mind is renewed (see Rom 12:1-2; Eph 4:22-24). The same principle is taught by Peter. Here is a relevant passage: But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in
As you seek to live your life for the Lord, what keeps you motivated? Do you ever feel frustrated at your progress—or lack thereof? Are you looking in the right places for motivation? Lyle Lange offers some insights: When Christians look to their own efforts for increasing sanctified living, one of two things will happen.
What does it mean to be sanctified? What’s supposed to happen to the sin in your life? As I’ve been meditating on that subject—wondering to what extent Scripture describes sanctification as a process, or as an event, or as both—I noticed some of the verbs that Paul uses to describe what has happened, or what
The following is a condensed version of a message I gave on Nov 22 at the New Jersey/Pennsylvania GES Regional Conference. The longer you live in fellowship with someone, the better you get to know that person. A couple might have been married for 50 years and yet not know each other very well
A reader recently wrote GES asking for comments on an article found online. The article deals with Romans 5-8. Click here for the article. In Romans 5-8, Paul deals with the Christian life. The main point of the article is that in these chapters Paul is saying that a productive Christian life is inevitable in
I was recently chatting with an Episcopal priest about grace. He was very nice, and it was a pleasure talking to him. I asked how the message of grace was received in the Episcopal church. He suggested that while the Episcopal church is not very theological—in that people are not talking about and debating theology—he