Tag: Chad Flowers
She was not happy with the new church music director. Her parents had been hearing it from her for days. She finally told her parents she was planning to quit after this coming Sunday’s service. She loved to sing and taking part in her church’s music ministry, but the church had recently hired a new music director, and she felt the new director was too strict, too hard, and introducing new music styles she was not used to. She determined she was quitting the music department.
“Have you talked to your pastor about this?” her dad asked.
“No,” came her reply.
“You’re not doing anything about this until you talk to the pastor first,” was her dad’s final response.
That conversation did not go the way she hoped it would. Her pastor asked her to agree to stay on for six months … Read More »
Let me recap part one of this article from December. Earlier generations were taught right is right and wrong is wrong, and many resisted temptations and stood strong for the things they believed. Most of today’s generation have adopted Christianity, not because they have found it to be true and worthy of acceptance but because it seems to be the best option they’ve encountered so far. In today’s culture, believing is made out to be more of a preference based on one’s subjective feelings. For our relationships with God and others to be holy, pure, uplifting, and long-lasting, we can’t be “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Ephesians 4:14).
To have convictions is to be thoroughly convinced that something is true—“the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth.” It … Read More »
History is filled with names and accounts of Christians who stood strong for their beliefs in Jesus Christ—even in the face of torture and execution. They chose death for what they believed rather than renounce their firm faith in God. What strikes fear in the hearts of those who have gone before us today is that we will fall prey to the cultural pressures and make wrong choices, bringing pain and suffering to our lives.
We today are faced with unprecedented pressure. We are exposed to temptation, violence, alcohol, illegal drugs, and a variety of influences that threaten to undo all that has been taught. Understand this about yourself, the way you behave comes FROM something. Your attitudes and actions spring from your value system, and your value system is based on what you believe. Research shows, for example, that … Read More »
“Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). This article is about the fundamental foundation of our relationship with God—holiness. If we look at holiness as a set of rules, a list of things we should do and things we should not do, then we have misunderstood the whole concept of holiness. Holiness is designed to be a blessing to God’s people and is the result of a love relationship with God.
The world would like the church to compromise God’s Word. There are some churches that would suggest we compromise a little bit. Some say we should not be so different from the world. Some will say since we live in this world, we need to be accepted by this world. This has caused many students to be “ashamed” of … Read More »
“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Basically, everything’s different, but nothing’s changed. Consider the evolution of the camera. In 1841, Alexander Wolcott built the first patented camera, which could take photos and produce images on a piece of paper. It was simply a box that used light to reflect images and the development of images on paper. The idea was to be able to capture an image of a moment in time and be able to share it with others. In 1839, Robert Cornelius built his own version of a camera and captured an image of himself standing in front of the camera—the original “selfie.”
Robert Cornelius’ selfie in 1839
Alexander Wolcott’s camera in 1841
Cameras and photographic process continued in … Read More »