Is it Wrong to Celebrate Christmas?

It's been a long time since my last post. But in my defense, wow, a lot has been happening in my life! In the past few months, I moved to a new country, got married to my fiancée, done some travelling, and got my wife's immigration clearance to move back home completed. Meanwhile, I've been studying and praying about my next blog series which I've learned a lot from and can't wait to share it soon. It's going to be good!!! But before that, here we are with the Christmas season already upon us. It got me wondering, is it wrong to celebrate Christmas? For what it's worth, I thought I would share my personal view on this increasingly controversial topic.

My Facebook feed is filled with Christmas messages -- some rejoicing in Jesus' birth; others saying it's wrong because Satan is celebrating its pagan origins. I fall somewhere in the middle of these two views. Or, to be more accurate, I disagree with both sides. Let me tell you why.

Pagan influence is…

How Do I Overcome My Spiritual Enemy?

In my last post, we discussed the strategies of our spiritual enemy against us. Now you might be asking, "how do I overcome my spiritual enemy?" First, you have to understand that even believers can have demons. Don't believe me? 
Paul wrote about the thorn in his flesh in several letters, and many believers have speculated what it could be. But there’s really no mystery here. He told us very clearly that the thorn in his flesh was an evil spirit:
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weakness…

Spiritual Warfare 101

I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual warfare. Five minutes on the internet will reveal so many possible opinions on what spiritual warfare actually is, from prayer to God to fighting off demons. You’ll find people who are adamant demons can’t touch followers of Jesus, to Christians who blame demons for every little hardship, and even people who say demons aren’t real and never existed. Most of these opinions are based on speculation and personal experience, influenced by tradition, and sometimes have a bit of obscure scripture references mixed in. So that I’m not just adding my voice to the choir of disagreement, I'd like to share some thoughts on this by ignoring what we think we know and getting back to the basics of spiritual warfare 101, basing everything on scripture alone.

The whole idea of spiritual warfare come from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. That’s where we’ll begin. He wrote:
"Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of…

What's Wrong with Spiritual Drunkenness?

You can't get far in charismatic circles without encountering people who "get drunk in the Spirit". Is this biblical? What's wrong with spiritual drunkenness? Isn't God ok with having a little bit of holy fun?
Debunking spiritual drunkenness Those who believe that spiritual drunkenness is biblical usually point to what the Bible says happened on the day of Pentecost: They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. The crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of sweet wine.” Now let's just say for a moment that the disciples were indeed acting drunk when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Some people believed a miracle had occurred. But others didn't believe because they thought the disciples were drunk. So if acting drunk caused people not to believe God, why would a…

Examples of Godly Women in the Bible

This is the final post I have planned in this blog series on men and women in ministry. We've explored almost all of the passages in the Bible that reveal what a godly relationship between men and women looks like. But there are a few passages relevant to this topic that we have yet to explore. These final passages contain amazing examples of godly women in the Bible. 

The passages we've explored thus far in the Bible reveal how God created the world with men and women unique and different, but equal in value. The problems with inequality began with the sin of Adam and Eve, and feminism is caused by the same underlying flaws. God redeemed society through Jesus, not by restoring equality, but teaching men and women to make each other greater than the other. The overreaching example of this is women humbly submitting to men, and men sacrificially loving women. The result is men and women having different roles in the church, family, and society.
But in these final biblical example…

Roles of Men and Women in Church

In the previous post, we started looking at New Testament passages about the roles of men and women in the church. Paul's letter to the Corinthians first discusses headcoverings. But there is another passage in this same letter about the roles of men and women in the church.  Roles of men and women in church in Corinth To understand Paul's words in context, I’ll summarize what Paul already wrote in the letter: he emphasized the importance of unity in the Assembly; he encouraged single women not to marry; he gave instructions on how women are to pray and prophecy in the Assembly; he ordered that everyone be allowed to worship at the Lord's table; he said that despite different spiritual gifts, every person is vital to the Assembly; he said the weaker members of the Assembly are necessary and are to receive more honor; he emphasized the importance of love; and he said that only two or three should speak at once so that all members of the Assembly have the chance to particip…

Gender Roles in Church: Headcoverings

In my previous posts, we’ve been exploring how God created men and women with differences and how these differences give them different roles in society. Since Christians have their own society in the church, we can apply these principles to gender roles in church. The Bible has much to say of gender roles in church. However, these passages of the Bible are some of the most controversial and poorly understood. Let's take a look at each of them to gain a better understanding.
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut of…
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