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Anti-Christ(s) and False Teachers

“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:18-19 NASB
     Years ago, pre-Christian me would hear about the Anti-Christ and laugh. He sounded like a video game boss to be beaten in a climatic showdown. Beat the Anti-Christ and go on to face off with the False Prophet and then the Devil himself. There might even be a market for that come to think of it. However, it never occurred to me that the antichrist was not necessarily a singular person wielding evil like a superpower. Rather, the antichrist could also be the spirit or nature of those who come against Jesus Christ. It is easy to focus solely on the individual that Revelation conjures in our minds, but it is dif…

Endings

“The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”—1 John 2:17 NASB
     Thoughts of the world passing can be somewhat terrifying. In my mind it conjures images of an asteroid hurdling towards earth about to send all of us the way of the dinosaurs. Put yourself in that moment for a second. Suddenly there is a breaking news interruption, all broadcasts are paused to inform the general public that in an hour a chunk of rock the size of Texas will be making a bullseye impact on our sorely divided world. In the blink of an eye, all the stuff that seems so important would no longer matter. The only thing that would matter to me in that moment would be being with the people that I care about and knowing that I’d see them again in just a few.
     I used to struggle with the idea of the world passing away. In the last year, that has changed for me, though. Actually, back in the beginning of August, I sent messages to a few folks I hold dear a…

Of Lust and Pride

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16
     It sucks when the Bible calls you out on your crap. I have had seasons in my life where I sought out my worth from what the world says and what the culture dictates as relevant, as good, and as awesome. I have succumbed to the lusts of my flesh, the lust of my eyes and the boastful pride of life in those seasons. In fact, case in point, I got nominated for a spot in Augusta, Georgia’s local music scene for favorite drummer and the band that I was in got nominated for favorite new local band. Talk about playing into the boastful pride of life. But, there was really not much to be proud of in me during that period of my life! I wasn’t even that great of a drummer!
     There was also the season where I struggled with lust. I struggled with porn, I struggled with taking a second and third look at an attractive woma…

Punch Out

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 NASB
     This verse is like getting punched in the face by Mike Tyson. Maybe not for you. But, definitely for me. I mean, there is a lot in this world I could care less about. Sports is one of those things. I don’t mind playing sports, but I have no desire to be a fan, follow stats, or watch games. When I go to Super Bowl parties, I go to be with my friends and that’s about it. I am also one of those people that enjoy movies for the sake of being entertained. I do not have to know every single detail about every Easter Egg in a movie or what stars are doing in their personal lives. Those things don’t really matter to me.
     However, let someone start talking about politics. I struggle with that. I struggle with the notion that there are some of us so completely cut off from empathy we can’t see how our choices effect other lives. I struggle with how issu…

Growing Up

I know that usually there is a Bible verse but today I am going to deviate from the Word Servant norm. I still encourage you to read 1 John 2:12-14. Those are the verses that impact today’s writing. However, I am going to come at this from a different angle today and just share what’s on my mind and heart.
     The words “your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake” hit me hard. I mean, if you really look at the word sake, it means through, by, or because of Him. My sins have been forgiven me through Jesus. Your sins have been forgiven you by Jesus. Our sins have been forgiven us because of Jesus. No matter how I look at it, it is because of Him, through Him, by His life, death and resurrection and for His name’s sake that each of us are saved. Aside from accepting Him as Lord, what have I done in securing my eternal salvation? Nothing. Think about that for a moment.
     Further, the words “you have overcome the evil one” and “you are strong, and the word of God abid…

Love of Light

“Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 1 John 2:7-11Of all the things that Christ has commanded us as believers, this commandment is sometimes difficult for me. The command that John is referring to is the same one found in John 13:34. It’s the command that tells me just as Jesus loved me—a wretched, filthy sinner—I am to love you, too. I know that if I h…

Do You Even Know?

Something that I used to struggle with is whether I really knew God. It’s part of what pulled me toward other belief systems and kept me from being rooted in Jesus. That did not go away entirely when I first got saved, either. To be completely honest, there were times when I still struggled. I had thoughts like: how do I know that I really know God? Do I even know God the way I am supposed to know Him? Are there some sort of spiritual fireworks in that moment of truly knowing Him where the Holy Spirit pours confetti down from the sky? Perhaps a neon sign of confirmation and answered prayer?      I am probably the only person who has ever wrestled with that, too. Nobody that reads this blog has ever wondered how they could be sure that they know God, right? We all just accepted Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior and just knew that we knew God, right!? But, do we really know Him? Some of us might need to ask ourselves a very serious question, right this very minute, how well do …