Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Is Boldness?

"Boldness is not a lack of fear.  It is faith in something bigger than our fears so that we appear fearless. Confidence in something bigger than our fears gives us the strength to do the right thing in spite of opposition or persecution."  ~ J. Mack Stiles, The Marks of the Messenger

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Only Real Truth Brings Real Change

Let's not prefer "nice" to "truth".

"I think the sad tendency of well-meaning Christians who want to share their faith is to water down both.  They say we're not so bad (you actually can clean up your act), and God doesn't really mean it when we says that the unconverted are enemies of God (tut, tut, boys will be boys)." ~ J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sin Or Sins?

"Our sin is the bigger problem:  it's our condition or state which ins in hideous rebellion toward a holy and good God.  When Christians feel that sins (acts) are bigger than sin (condition), they see evangelism as an effort of moral reform rather than explaining the steps that need to take place to rip out our wicked hearts and replace them with new hearts - that amazing work of God that Jesus called being born again." ~ J. Mack Stiles, The Marks of the Messenger