By the time a Christian grows spiritually to be a spiritual parent, he (or she) sees prayer as his life. Prayer is not something he has to schedule. He is constantly talking to God in his quiet time, getting ready for the day, or driving to work. He is praying for work projects and people in his periphery, kids at home in their spiritual growth and school projects and discipleship relationships of other men (or women), who are hungry and hunting in God’s adventure for spiritual victories. Continue reading
The spiritual parent knows that devotions are like an iron lung to the person who cannot breathe on his own. Twice in two verses, John writes, “ I write to you fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.” (1 John 2:13-14 NKJ) He wrote the same thing, because the capstone of the spiritual parent is his experience and commitment to the Father’s person and will. That is because devotions are more a part of his life than the food he eats. Continue reading
How do you know when someone has become a mature believer? People often say a mature Christian is one who knows the Scriptures and has a relatively good life. That is not how Scripture describes a mature believer! Continue reading
This morning, I had the privilege of preparing Logan, Collin and Cody with their dad Brady for the baptism that we’ll have on July 8. We talked about faith, salvation, baptism and a number of other important subjects to ensure they were ready. One of the subjects was “what should be true in a believer’s life after salvation.” After salvation, there should be some kind of transformation, because the unbeliever transforms into a believer, a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
Jesus was confronted by Jews who wanted to kill Him for claiming that God was His Father. Rather than defend Himself, He said, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” (John 10:31) Obviously, His works reflected the Father and not anyone else.