May 18, 2015

Four Things Your Pastor is Afraid to Tell You

by F. L. Anderson

Paul was always concerned about being an example to others. He never wanted people to think that he was better or above them. Instead, he chose to do what no other apostle in the Bible did: share with us the issues and personal failings in his life. Unfortunately, very few church leaders are willing to follow Paul's example on this issue. 'Guess I'll have to do it.

Here are four things your pastor is afraid to tell you:

May 12, 2015

Four Things That Trigger Temptation and How to Overcome Them

by F. L. Anderson

I've been in ministry since 1998, and am blessed to have caught the tail end of an era where critical and crucial Christian principles were taught. You don't hear these things as often, if at all anymore.

I was thumbing through my first book, which was published in 2002. While doing so, I came across a chapter that is just as relevant today as it was then. The chapter is simply titled, "Temptation".

Remember it? Have you seen it? Do you hear it? Do you feel it?

You know what I'm talking about. We all are confronted with it. Some, more than others. Look around, it's everywhere. TV, radio, books, magazines, Internet and now social media.

Temptation is, and has always been, one of the obstacles to basic Christian living. But, what if you knew how it works? Could you better resist it, and even overcome this obstacle?

May 04, 2015

Welcome To Fort Persecution!

by F. L. Anderson

Christians around the world are being persecuted in ways not seen since the early Church and again before the crusades, when Muslim soldiers were attacking Christian pilgrims traveling to and from Jerusalem.

"Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa. In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries, and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But, the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference." Ronald S. Lauder

But wait! Christians are under attack right here in the good old USA.

April 28, 2015

5 Things Soldiers and Christians have in Common

by F. L. Anderson

Very few Christians would consider themselves a soldier for Jesus the Christ, but that's exactly what the Bible says we are. 2 Timothy 2:3

After leaving the US Army, I re-enlisted in an even greater army, the army of the Lord. Once I began to operate in the Lord's army as an adult, I quickly picked up on many similarities.

For example:

A soldier is a warrior who will never surrender to his enemy. He will not panic at the first sound of gunfire, and remains steadfast because he has faith and trust in his training.

A soldier for Jesus the Christ must be grounded, rooted in God's word. We are planted firmly in God, not shaken by the things of this world, its culture, or its politics. When the enemy is encamped all around us, we will not panic. We, "Have faith in God". Mark 11:22