Showing posts from October, 2013

Hiding Behind Masks

Many people like to wear masks on Halloween.   Often these same folks continue wearing masks as they go through life.   They put their “happy face” on claiming everything is going great while deep inside they are full of despair, disappointment, and depression.   If that is you, there is hope.   God loves you and has an awesome plan for your life. Some people avoid Christianity because of church-going people wearing religious masks.   You might have said to yourself, “I don’t want to hang around a bunch of hypocrites.”   It’s unfortunate not every professing Christian is a doer of God’s word.   Still, when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, He won’t examine other people’s lives…only your own. Many people hide behind a mask of good works even though Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   Think of all the times you have lied, stolen, and disobeyed your parents.   Those acts are offensive to God just as murder, rape, and other

Reach Out and Touch Faith

This past Wednesday I had a dream in which I wandered into a room next door to a place I was staying at.   The English band Depeche Mode was rehearsing (and possibly recording) in there.   I didn’t interrupt them but got excited enough to walk back to my room and thought about posting on my Facebook page: “Depeche Mode is playing in the room next to me.”   Then I woke up. Named after a French fashion magazine, Depeche Mode is considered the most successful electronic band in music history.   I first heard this four-man (now three-man) group on MTV during the early 1980s when synthesizer-based bands didn’t receive much radio airplay.   Hearing them and other technopop artists inspired me to create my own electronic music. Some of Depeche Mode’s songs like “Blasphemous Rumours” may come across as sacrilegious.   I prefer to look at them as a group searching for the truth.   Many of their other songs imply spiritual themes.   For example, their 1993 album “Songs of Fait

The Whole Truth

In a recent interview on HuffPost Live, host Josh Zepps read the following passage from Joel Osteen’s latest book “Break Out”: “It doesn't matter who likes you or doesn't like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you. He approves of you.” Zepps then asked Joel if that’s true for homosexuals. Joel replied,  “Absolutely…I believe every person is made in the image of God…and you got to accept them as they are on their journey. I’m not here preaching hate, pushing people down, or telling everybody what they’re doing wrong.” 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word!   Be ready in season and out of season.   Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”   Every minister may specialize in a particular topic such as finances, healing, or end-time prophecy.   Still, we are responsible for preaching the whole truth of God’s word and bringing correction when the situation arises. This past Tuesday night while street evangelizing with a f