James 1:16-18 | Genuine Faith and Spiritual Awakening and Birth

All these teachings helps us understand the central truth of the Gospel - Jesus is the Christ by whom we are saved. Salvation comes when we place our initial faith and trust in Him. It comes when we humble ourselves and enter into the waters of baptism for the remission of our sins. This is accomplished when we come to the awareness of our natural state and disposition. Through repentance, we receive the first principle ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

James 1:12-15 | Genuine Faith and Temptation

The world offers us all the desires and appetites that leave our bellies full and our flesh satisfied. Unfortunately, it is only temporary and we continue to remain hungry and thirsty for more of those things of the world. When we are tempted, it may come in guise of satisfying some desire. We develop an appetite for it. Eventually, it leads us to experience death of our sense of self through Jesus Christ.

The Beginning of Great Sorrows and Lamentations for American Liberty and Freedom

The message and hope is found in the Book of Lamentations written by the Prophet Jeremiah. There is not going to be a complete or understandable explanation for what we are most likely going to endure in the next few months. Maybe within the next few years. We already are seeing the silencing of certain voices, censorship on an unparalleled scale. We will be standing as witnesses to greater human suffering and sorrow that past generations may not have ever seen. Many Christians are appearing to be blindly led toward false hopes and securities with the claims that Christ's coming is on the threshold of human history.

James 1:5-8 | Genuine Faith and Wisdom

Faith teaches us to act in a manner to which we believe God will help us, strengthen us, and give unto us what we need to withstand the storms in our lives. Scripture is firm on the nature of our faith as it relates to God. Christ constantly chastised the disciples - O ye of little faith. Christ commented on the simplest acts of faith - I have not seen such great faith. Faith even may bring healing into our own lives - Thy faith has made thee whole. Each time Christ ministered to those individuals it is because they had sought him out.

James 1:1-4 | Genuine Faith and Trials

My profession of faith was more of an outwardly expression of how I wanted to be seen and thought of. It was not until realizing that the inside of me was still full of filth and grime. What needs to happen is that the cup needs to go through the process of cleansing before it is able to be filled and used. This takes faith and patience because of Christ's infinite atonement. We may be redeemed and justified before God. However, our work begins by cleansing ourselves of ungodliness. We endure. As our faith increases, so does our ability to become resilient. Spiritual maturation does not happen overnight. It takes work. It takes obedience.

Psalms 1:1-6 – The Two Paths Before Us

Today, we do well to focus on the teachings of our Heavenly Father. Work to walk in faithful obedience to His divine and righteous council. Stand firm on the truth of His personal revelation and will for our lives. Sit with those who are working out their faith with fear and trembling and fighting the good fight (See, Philippians 2:12 and 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV).

Having A Gethsemane Experience toward Spiritual Transformation

Our “Gethsemanes” are those places where our will wrestles to find its way to God’s will. As God patiently wrestled with Jacob and his will, He also wrestled with Jesus the Son of Man, His will and His request in the Garden of Gethsemane. As Adam represented mankind by wrestling his way out of the … Continue reading Having A Gethsemane Experience toward Spiritual Transformation

Bearing False Witness and Doctrine on Whom do Latter-day Saints say Christ is

Probably one of the greatest questions ever asked in human history is that of Jesus Christ. Whom do you say that I am? Actually, He asked two great questions: Whom do men say that I am? and then the former question being directed toward his disciples. This is contained within Matthew 16:13-17:

False Dilemma of Aaron Shafovaloff’s ‘Dilemma of Mormon Exaltation’ – Subordination vs. Independence between gods

Since it is the constant request of Evangelical Christians to ask Mormons to research the truth - we will do just that. Research to see if Shafovaloff's presentation is one of sound reason and logic. If it is not, then we must disregard his understanding as another failed attempt to reason with the Mormons.

Where Wisdom in Recovery Begins – Damascus Way Recovery

I was uncomfortable with the idea of fearing God. I defended Him as One whose love is so great He needs not be feared. This was based on my own understanding of 1 John 4:18: “Perfect love drives out fear.” Today, I have come to understand that when the scriptures calls our attention to fear … Continue reading Where Wisdom in Recovery Begins – Damascus Way Recovery

Finding our Identity through Christ

How do we come to understand our sense of worth, know who we are, and how does this matter? Today's society has consistently defined and redefined what it means to be someone. In this message, I explore the idea of identity in Christ by looking at the two questions Christ asks. Focusing on our identity … Continue reading Finding our Identity through Christ

In Conversation – Trinity or Godhead

Understanding the Godhead according to the LDS Church There is a Facebook Ad promoting a new book published by Truth in Love Ministries. It is entitled Crossing the Chasm: Helping Mormons Discovery the Bridge to God by Mark Cares (Founder of Truth in Love Ministries) and Jon Leach. Out of curiosity - I purchased and … Continue reading In Conversation – Trinity or Godhead

To Walk as Jesus Walked

whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. ~ 1 John 2:6, ESV ~ How remarkably obvious that there are many people today who claim to know of Christ yet lack the ability to walk as Jesus walked. This incongruity is caused when an individual decides they'd rather … Continue reading To Walk as Jesus Walked

Having A Gethsemane Experience toward Spiritual Transformation

Our “Gethsemanes” are those places where our will wrestles to find its way to God’s will. As God patiently wrestled with Jacob and his will, He also wrestled with Jesus the Son of Man, His will and His request in the Garden of Gethsemane. As Adam represented mankind by wrestling his way out of the … Continue reading Having A Gethsemane Experience toward Spiritual Transformation

Clothe Ourselves with Compassion

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12, ESV ~ Developing compassion means we have a deep feeling of sympathy and sorrow for ourselves, and others, who are hurting, in pain, or has misfortune. It is also a strong desire to help … Continue reading Clothe Ourselves with Compassion

What manner of men ought ye to be?

When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … Continue reading What manner of men ought ye to be?

We wrestle with God

Today's reading: Gen 31-32:32; Ps. 8:6-9; Prov. 3:19-20; Matt. 11:1-30 You have striven with God and with men and have prevailed What does it mean to striven? It means to contend, persist, exert oneself, persevere. In our daily walk with God, we are called to continually wrestle with our own humanity. By wrestling with our own humanity, … Continue reading We wrestle with God

Come follow me

Today's reading: Genesis 23 - 24:67; Ps. 7-1-5; Prov. 3:7-8; Matt. 9:1-17 I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to Follow Me A simple and poignant command. Follow Me! Throughout scripture, we read how God has called people out to follow Him. To enter into an intimate relationship with Him. God is still calling … Continue reading Come follow me

Truth brings freedom and liberty

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32, ESV ~ Our perception of truth deepens through God's sovereign grace. It brought us to face the reality of our present situation. We became honest and relinquished our life and will … Continue reading Truth brings freedom and liberty

Our invitation to living faith day by day

Whether we live inside or outside of religious enclosures, the monastic concept of balancing our lives and ordering them around God offers hope for living a deeper and more fulfilling spiritual life. Debra K. Farrington Living Faith Day by Day How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Tradition Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern … Continue reading Our invitation to living faith day by day

The shield of our faith rests in God

Today's Reading: Genesis 15 - 16:16; Ps. 5:1-7; Prov. 2:6-9; Matthew 6:19-34 "Do not fear, for I am a shield unto you" One of the greatest, and simple, truths is this: Our very own lives do not belong to us. Our life belongs to the Sovereign God who created all things. It is too Him … Continue reading The shield of our faith rests in God

Intimately walking with God

Today's reading: Genesis 5-6; Psalm 2:7-12; Proverbs 1:10-19; and, Matthew 3:1-17 ~ Noah walked with God ~ The foundation to our recovery is not only nurturing and cultivating an intimate relationship to our Heavenly Father, it requires a daily commitment to walk with Him. This separates us from those who walk in the ways of their own … Continue reading Intimately walking with God

Nature and Understanding of God

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  ~ First Article of Faith ~ ... all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular … Continue reading Nature and Understanding of God

Our Chiefest Endeavor

If you were asked what the chiefest endeavor of the Christian life is - how may you answer? It is a strange phrase to begin with. Chiefest Endeavor, what does that entail? It simply means, the foremost goal we desire to achieve in the Christian life. And what is this foremost desire of our hearts? It … Continue reading Our Chiefest Endeavor

A heartfelt letter to evangelicals and Latter-day Saint Christians

  These past few months have sent me into a state of reassessing my own values and goals. Focused on a new career path and working with individuals who are afflicted with substance use/addiction, there is much that has caused some liberation and consternation in where I am at. One of these involved the question … Continue reading A heartfelt letter to evangelicals and Latter-day Saint Christians

Deception nigh on the river denial

Anti-Mormon's and critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have always been known for particular deceptive tactics, dishonest misuse of quotations, and attempting to interpret and conclude particular understandings without regard to truth, honesty, or even logical reasoning. This includes critics who are participants of an active Anti-Mormon social media page. They … Continue reading Deception nigh on the river denial

Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

Critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will always bring up the argument that Alma 11:37 contradicts Romans 5:8. Most of the time, when this criticism is presented, it is presented in the following format: An important difference between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism- Bible: But God demonstrates his own love for us … Continue reading Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

“Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog

Larry Hurtado provides insight and commentary on the New Testament and Early Christianity. His latest article provides some interesting discussions on the nature of Monotheism as it was understood among Ancient Jewish and Christian believers verses Christian believers of today. His article is here: “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog. Hurtado begins the examination that … Continue reading “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog