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Book: Will You Be Found Faithful? Chapters 1-6

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Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Six

The Unfaithful Inquisitors Versus the Faithful Reformers The early church changed the world. While the Greeks and Romans contributed much to philosophy, governmental structure, architecture, community planning, military strategy, and various other secular activities, they didn’t contribute to the ethics and heart of the western world. The ancients enjoyed blood sport. Over half their populations … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Five

When the Christian Church Is Unfaithful Just as the ancient Israelites had a history of unfaithfulness, the church has committed spiritual adultery and left behind an embarrassing record that has caused the name of God to be vilified. The corruption of the worship of Christ has led to the same sin and injustice that was … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Four

The Unfaithfulness of Ancient Israel When God sent prophet after prophet to confront the sin of the ancient Israelites, the main indictment against them was that the people had beenĀ unfaithful to him. He sent men of God to plead with the people and ask them to abandon their other lovers and return to him, but … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Three

God’s Use of History to Teach His People About Faithfulness As I present my case concerning the importance of faithfulness, I’d like to use a way that was often used by the prophets and apostles–a discourse on the record of history. The Bible itself is an historic book. It’s the story of how divinity has … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful?: Chapter Two

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritually Faithful? Did you know that both graceĀ and faith are required for salvation? We receive unmerited favor (grace) from God because of what Jesus did on the cross, but the individual is required to have faith in what Jesus did. If faith wasn’t required, then there would be universal … Continue reading

Will You Be Found Faithful? Caring About the Heart of God in an Age of Apostasy: Chapter One

I have decided to share my book so there is no cost for anyone to read it. I think the message is important in the battle against postmodern attacks on the Bible, Cathangelicalism (the blend of evangelicalism with Catholicism), and even against doctrines such as Mike Bickle’s “bridal paradigm” or Ann Voskamp’s teaching on being … Continue reading

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.