Category Archives: acts of God

Drunk Christians?

Some observers of the early Christians made fun of them and said:  “They have had too much wine.”  (Would you use the word “drunk” to describe a gathering of Christians, nowadays?) Here’s the response to that accusation, given by Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Was Matthias A Mistake? — The Human Need To Institutionalize Spirituality

Was replacing Judas (who had betrayed Jesus) with Matthias a mistake?  Was it a very early example of the human desire to institutionalize church?  Perhaps. The Book of Acts begins with the resurrected Jesus spending 40 days with the apostles … Continue reading

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New Poll Shows More Millennials Doubt God

A new poll by the Pew Research Center has found that doubts about the existence of God have increased by 15 points during the past 5 years among Millennials, Americans 30 and under.  Here’s a link to the survey: http://www.pewforum.org/Age/Religion-Among-the-Millennials.aspxContinue reading

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What You Know Vs. The Love You Show

Spiritual growth isn’t about how much information concerning God that you know.  It’s about how much of God’s love that you show and how much you allow the Holy Spirit to flow. Spiritual growth isn’t about how much theological and/or … Continue reading

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Why Be Prejudice Against Prayer (Or Against Praying People)?

Even if you don’t believe in (and/or don’t like) prayer, there is no reason to be prejudice against prayer or against people who pray.  Why?  Because . . . 1)  The vast majority of people who tell you they are … Continue reading

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Does Hierarchy Hinder God? — How To “Prepare The Way For The Lord”

John the Baptist came to “prepare the way for the Lord” in his generation.  I, too, would like to prepare the way for the Lord.  I want to prepare the way for God to work powerfully in my life.  And … Continue reading

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My Way Or The Most High’s Way?

Two highways, different directions:  Should I choose my way which is based on my wants, my feelings, my viewpoints, and/or my cravings?  Or should I choose the Most High’s way that requires me to live above the fog of self-focus, … Continue reading

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