Category Archives: Practical Theology

David realized life is short in Psalm 39

Life Is Too Short for Sin

Have you ever been defeated in life? You commit the same sins over and over, fall for the same deceptions and are guilty of the same faults today as yesterday. There seems to be no progress. You make the same promises over and over, “Tomorrow will be better. I won’t do that again!” But then tomorrow comes and you are no better. You feel trapped or insane, doing the same things over and over with no change. Continue reading Life Is Too Short for Sin

A Christian does not need to keep the Sabbath

A Christian and Sabbath Observance: Why You Don’t Need to Rest on Sundays, or Saturdays

In a recent post on the Bible’s perspective of the Sabbath we learned that the Fulfilled Sabbath position is, in all likelihood, the most accurate in representing the biblical teaching of Sabbath. Below, I will list a few reasons as to why I believe this is so, and why the Eternal Sabbath (Seventh Day Adventist) and the Christian Sabbath (Reformed) do not line up with Scripture. Continue reading A Christian and Sabbath Observance: Why You Don’t Need to Rest on Sundays, or Saturdays

A Biblical view of the Sabbath is that Christians don't need to keep the Sabbath

A Biblical Perspective on the Sabbath

From a biblical perspective, the Sabbath day in its entirety is identified as being fulfilled in Christ and is therefore transformed to be the rest which Christ will give in the new heavens and new earth. Christ came to fulfill the Law, and in doing so superseded—or rather transformed—it into the Law of Christ. In the Law of Christ, the Sabbath command is never repeated nor commanded to be observed, and therefore is no longer binding upon Christians as a weekly observance. Rather, it becomes the rest promised by Christ in the new heavens and earth. It is the eternal rest or salvation which God entered into in Genesis 2 and which Christ offers those who have faith in him. Continue reading A Biblical Perspective on the Sabbath

Drinking orange juice to the glory of God

17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts

Here are 17 ways that you can glorify God in your life. I put this together following Thomas Watson’s thoughts in his chapter on “Man’s Chief End” in his must read, A Body of Divinity Continue reading 17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts

You don't need to be smarter than Bill Nye the Science Guy to Defend the Faith

Defend the Faith! Even if Bill Nye the Science Guy is Smarter than You

Introduction

How do I defend Christianity from the never ending stream of attacks?  How do I argue for the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)?  What can I use to defend against accusations made against Christ?

Do I have to be a scholar or brainiac to defend the truth?  Do I have to memorize complex philosophical arguments?  Do I have to be a whiz in history?  Do I need to know more about creation than Bill Nye the Science Guy? Continue reading Defend the Faith! Even if Bill Nye the Science Guy is Smarter than You

How should Christians respond to the sexual revolution

How Should a Christian React to the New Sexual Revolution?

It seems to me as though America is degrading so rapidly that Christians don’t have time to stop and think before they respond. Pandora’s Boxes are being opened and dumped out left and right in the society around us (and even in the church). It seems harder and harder for Christians to shine as lights in this dark generation. It’s as though we panic as our voices are silenced and our culture listens less and less. Continue reading How Should a Christian React to the New Sexual Revolution?

When in a dry spell you need to pray for yourself

Christian Walk A Dry Spell? Pray for Yourself!

I want to talk about praying for ourselves. I want to give you tools to help in those times when you do not care about God nor the things of God. How do we get out of dry spells? I believe we need, what I call, the desire to desire God. When we don’t care we need to want to care. We need to catch ourselves and beg God to help us out by His strength.

I want to show some biblical prayers to prove that in those times we can pray our way out. Don’t be tricked into thinking, “I shouldn’t pray,” “I have a free will,” “God can’t intervene,” “I need to do this on my own or it won’t count.” I want to show that we can pray that God will help us love Him, have greater joy, etc. Continue reading Christian Walk A Dry Spell? Pray for Yourself!

Acts 4 and Evangelism: Sermon by Kaynenn Parker

Recent sermon from our Youth Group Retreat at Letourneau Christian Center. Looking at Acts 4 we gain insight into the Apostles’ sources for their boldness. We too need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a community of believers if we are to be effective for the Lord. Listen  up and may the Lord use us for His glory!

Speaker: Kaynenn Parker Continue reading Acts 4 and Evangelism: Sermon by Kaynenn Parker

Depressed? Read Ephesians

Depressed? Take 6 Chapters of Ephesians and Call Me in the Morning

I hate depression. It saps my joy like a leach sucks out blood; it puts a weight on my heart that Hercules couldn’t lift; and it cripples me from accomplishing anything meaningful in life. Thankfully, God has promised that He has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), and depression is not outside that promise. So we are going to look at some of the antidotes God has given us in the book of Ephesians that can bring healing and life back to our tired souls. Continue reading Depressed? Take 6 Chapters of Ephesians and Call Me in the Morning

premarital sex is never right despite our excuses

Excuses Couples Make About Premarital Sex

“Sex is ok because we are committed to each other only!”

“Sex is ok because we are planning to get married!”

“There is a difference: We’re love-making!”

“We’re only doing foreplay…that doesn’t count as sex, right?”

These excuses and similar ones are used all the time to justify sexual acts among non-married couples. In each thought, the attitude seems to be that God only considers premarital sex a sin in some cases. It is like saying, “God only condemns fornication with people you aren’t dating!” or “The commands against fornication are talking about stuff like orgies and strip clubs, but me and my boyfriend having sex doesn’t count!” Thus the attitude is that God relaxes His holy justice because your situation is somehow unique. But this is not the case. On the contrary, God’s commands are in play across the board. Any sexual activity with somebody other than your spouse (of the opposite gender) is deemed sin in the Bible. Continue reading Excuses Couples Make About Premarital Sex