How the floundering church affects the witness of Christ
It was Halloween. I drove my kids with me to pick up some of our favorite chicken for dinner. Along our way, we drove past a local church—once a Baptist church, now rebranded as a community church. We noticed banners, loud music, inflatables, games, and an enormous amount of foot and car traffic crossing the streets near where we live. This spectacle was an announcement of their annual fall festival. According to their church’s social media account, they had over two thousand people in attendance this year!
Why Day of the Dead beckons the wrestling with principalities
Every year on November 2, the first thing that comes to my mind is Day of the Dead. During this time of year especially—whether you take it lightly, or take it with great caution—the unfruitful works of darkness come out in full force to pull the wool over the eyes of all who do not believe in the Lord. The enemy is equally clever at persuading believers to compromise their faith and warm up to his deceptions. Because we know that God has given Satan power over the earth, we need to be more vigilant now more than ever before.
Here are character traits that we’re better off avoiding.
It wasn’t too long ago that my daughter, aged 6, came home from spending a weekend at Abuela’s. She ran down the list of all the fun things she did and concluded that she had a new friend that she played at the local park with. I thought to myself, friend…really? Highly unlikely.
This week, I’ve been feeling a bit blue. There are headlines in every turn of the social stream, in every hashtag of sorts, in every bulletin, television app, or post. We are saturated with media and heartache. We are witnessing the calamities of others right before our eyes.
In just a few hours it will be 2018. In all reality, there really isn’t anything magical about it. For many people though, it just feels like a new beginning. It feels like a chance to do better in more ways than one.