For awhile now, I’ve wanted to start a You Tube Channel to encourage and inspire people in their faith in Christ. Well… I am pleased to announce I have done just that.
I have entitled my Channel, Earnestly Contend, which is taken out of the book of Jude in the New Testament. Jude writes his letter to the believers with the following words:
“It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that you should earnestly contend for the faith…” (1:3).
The verb in Greek “earnestly contend” is where we get our English word agony. It’s a word picture, coming right out of the Greek Olympic Games of the first century where the athletes would strain and strive in their particular contest (running, wrestling, etc.).
And the reason Jude writes this is because certain false teachers “crept in” (v.4) to the church and were spreading teachings contrary to the gospel.
In our day and age, it is so important that we learn to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and earnestly contend for true, biblical faith, doctrine and theology.
Because of this, I have created this You Tube Channel.
I hope you enjoy it and will consider subscribing to my Channel. The video is short (under 3 min).
“I’ve got stage four, incurable cancer,” someone told me the other week at church. I didn’t know what to say. I could see the pain and fear in his eyes, although he expressed a very positive attitude overall.
It seems as of late there are many suffering or going through difficult situations: cancer, a broken marriage, depression, you name it. Life can wear us down, can’t it? Just when you think we’ve got this thing called life figured out, a curve ball is thrown. Uncertainty. Fear. Disease. These things are all a reality. [click to continue…]
If you live in the northern hemisphere, you know the realities of long winters. When I moved from the East Coast to the Midwest years ago, I was shocked at how much colder it is up here.
Around the time of February, I am so ready for winter to end. [click to continue…]
Intentionality (noun) – an expression of intentions; something done with purpose or aim.
As we’ve entered a New Year, many of us have jotted down some resolutions or goals we’d like to accomplish this year. Of course, this is a good thing. However, as many of us know all too well, good intentions are not enough. [click to continue…]
As Christmas approaches, things can seem very hectic and stressful. There’s so much to do and plan and eat (my favorite part). But let us not forget that the message of Christmas is a message of radical trust in the midst of great darkness and uncertainty. When the Jewish people had all but given up hope because of Rome’s oppressiveness, an angel appeared to Mary and her fiance, Joseph, announcing the birth of the Messiah. At that moment, they were forced to believe in the impossible. They were forced to put their trust in God and His Word, come what may. And they did… [click to continue…]