Entries by ralph

Personal Reflections – The Church #5

Let’s continue our look at the names associated with the Church that Jesus is building 7> A Holy Nation See: 1 Peter 2; Revelation 1, 5 The seventh descriptive name for the Church that Jesus is building is that we are “A Holy Nation.” In every country we are a ‘nation within a nation.’ We […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #4

Let’s continue our look at the different pictures used in the New Testament to describe the Church – what the Church is and the work that the Church is called to accomplish for it’s head, Jesus Christ. 5> An Army See: Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 19:19 As followers and disciples of Christ, we are […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #3

We are looking at the Church that Jesus is building and what the New Testament has to say about the Church. We have seen that it is called “A New Race” of people. Second that we are called “A Family.” 3> A Body See Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12 We are members of the Body […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #2

Because the Church represents Jesus in all of His glory upon the earth, like Jesus, there are many facets to the Church. In Scripture, the New Testament, there are fourteen different descriptive words used to describe this amazing world-wide community that Jesus is building. 1> A New Race  See Galatians 6; Ephesians 2; 1 Peter […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #1

God, our heavenly Father is after a people who live for one purpose – His ultimate passion. These are people of faith who do not feel that they are special or elite in any sense. They understand that without Jesus they are nothing and can accomplish nothing of any eternal significance. However, these people do […]

Personal Reflections – Abandoning the Faith 5

The seventh reason people are leaving the Church and renouncing the faith they once publicly professed is that the cares of this life have choked the spiritual life out of them and they simply no longer see a reason to believe. In His famous “Parable of the Soil,” also known as the ‘Parable of the […]

Personal Reflections – Abandoning the Faith 4

We have been looking at the reasons people leave both the Church and, at times, the Christian faith.  We have covered the first four of 8 reasons …  1> The horrible way that Christians treat each other both publicly and privately, in person and online. 2> The canned superficial answers they had been given to […]

Personal Reflections – Abandoning the Faith 3

Christians Who Abandon the Faith – Part Three We are looking at why people who professed to be believers, Christians, and who confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour no longer believe and have totally walked away from the Christian faith. We saw in recent blogs that the reasons are varied and include: 1> The […]

Personal Reflections – Abandoning the Faith 2

Christians Who Abandon the Faith – Part Two We are looking at the reason good, faith-based believers leave the church and no longer follow Jesus. I am not speaking of those who leave the church and still follow Jesus having simply given up on the institutional church. We are looking at those who have turned […]

Personal Reflections – Abandoning the Faith

Christians Who Abandon the Faith – Part One I have ministered in the same city now for 40 years and I have seen many come to faith in Christ. I have watched as they responded to the spiritual hunger deep in their heart and grew and matured in their walk with the Lord. I have […]