Category BRENT’S – Christian living

The Following Quotes are from the Agnostic David Berlinski’s (PhD) book, “The Devil’s Delusion”

The Good Samaritan“And the greatest that these is love“ Many times Christians mistakenly equate an atheist with an agnostic.  The first demands that God does not and cannot exist, the second affirms “that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person […]

The Bible Says Remarriage is Not a Sin

I believe that the Bible teaches remarriage after divorce is lawful and allowed by God, and that the parties in the new marriage are not to be viewed as adulterers or adulteresses.  To view them as such is a SIN! This article is an explanation of why this is a Biblical fact, understanding that there […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

Dying to Self – Part 3 – Understanding and Application – Enabling Dying to Self.*

Introduction Typically, when presenting a teaching about dying-to-self it would be presented in chronological order: starting with knowledge, continuing on to understanding, then arriving at wisdom. Based on God’s Word, if we want to be wise about dying-to-self, as in approaching any subject in God’s word; wisdom is always coupled with behavior. Therefore, we will […]

Dying To Self Series – Part 2 – Wisdom – The Solution From God’s Word.*

General Introduction The reason I started this series is because of how the Holy Spirit has been working in my life in a special way.  Personal Motivation I have experienced a renewed commitment and zeal of the Spirit concerning my service to our Lord and Savior; in holiness producing love – “love the Christian way.” […]

Dying to Self Series – Part 1 – Knowledge – The Problem – Self and Sin.*

Introduction ( Published Annually) I feel led to take a short break from the “Eternal Security Series,” and go down a different road for a few articles, with a series called “Dying to Self Series.” I have always felt that teaching must be based upon God’s Word and not experience, and that being submissive to […]

What Do You Worship? ~ We ALL Worship Something!

 Published Annually If you worship power you will always feel weak and need more. . If you worship money you will feel incomplete and never be able to have less. . If you worship war you will always try to avoid peace. . If you worship beauty, your senses will be your master, if you worship a person, […]

*The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart” Means (12/18)

Introduction (Published Annually) In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of […]

The Real Issue Regarding Politics – My Opinion

Text: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). and “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17) Introduction Normally, I stick to […]

The Whole Armor of God ~ A Short Synopsis

Introduction (Updated ~ September, 2018) For the mature Christian, we understand that we are NOT simply to do the right thing according to God’s word, but to do it the right way, and at the right time – God’s time. The hardest thing for a trained veteran soldier to do is to stand waiting for […]

How does a believer be strong in the Lord?

Introduction The following is a response to a question asked in the comment section regarding my article entitled “Believers do not Pay the Penalty for their Sins, but they May Pay the Consequences” ~ LINK (this is somewhat revised with images added). . . . Comment by Pastor Mike: “How does a believer be strong […]

“Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek*”

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Ghandi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

SELF-ESTEEM AND THE SELF-ESTEEM MOVEMENT ~ THE CHURCH HAS JOINED

(See the end of this article for more funny illustrations of this point) In a culture and time that critical thinking skills are no longer taught in our educational system when considering subjects as serious as self-esteem, we need to consider this subject in the light of context (the environment of the subject) and application […]

God, Through a Chicken’s Eyes: Faith*

On one of those lazy sunny summer afternoons, I was sitting in the recliner in our backyard, simply enjoying the calm and pleasant silence. I had opened our chicken’s run and allowed the four of them to free range in our backyard. They happily scratched in the grass, watched over by our dog and two […]

What Do You Worship? ~ We ALL Worship Something!

  If you worship power you will always feel weak and need more. . If you worship money you will feel incomplete and never be able to have less. . If you worship war you will always try to avoid peace. . If you worship beauty, your senses will be your master, if you worship a person, they […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek*

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Ghandi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

SELF-ESTEEM AND THE SELF-ESTEEM MOVEMENT ~ THE CHURCH HAS JOINED

(See the end of this article for more funny illustrations of this point) In a culture and time that critical thinking skills are no longer taught in our educational system when considering subjects as serious as self-esteem, we need to consider this subject in the light of context (the environment of the subject) and application […]

Problems in the Church – Part 2 – A Lack of Discernment in Believers / The Church

Introduction This article was originally released under the title: “Why so Many Christians Make Bad Choices.” We understand that the English word “church“ (Greek: ekklesia) is NOT referring to a building that people meet in, but is believers as a whole (When used as a noun, with the article “the” preceding it), or as a local assembly […]

Problems in the Church – Part 1 – Studying God’s Word & What it Really Means

Introduction I am commonly asked why has a current church lost its power, being of such a non-affect concerning the world around us. I believe that there are two MAIN (Not only) answers of which I will deal within these next two articles: 1) Laziness, which is seen in a superficial handling of God’s word due […]

***The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart’ Means (7/29/16)

Introduction  In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of the inner […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

Everyone Did What Was Right in their Own Eyes ~ Our Current Culture ~ Psychology

Introduction (April ~ 2017) The time covered in the book of Judges in the Old Testament was a time prior to Israel having a King. God set up judges to rule over the land and fulfill His Will for the nation of Israel.   There would be coming a day that God would choose a King, […]

What Do You Worship? ~ This Cuts Me To The Bone!

If you worship power you will always feel weak and need more. . If you worship money you will feel incomplete and never be able to have less. . If you worship war you will always try to avoid peace. . If you worship beauty, your senses will be your master, if you worship a person, they will […]

THE DATE JESUS WAS BORN* (Revised)

Introduction  When was Jesus born?  This is not an attack on Christmas, it is a correction of the traditions of men, yet it is the Savior of this universe that is important, not when men choose to celebrate His birth, please see my conclusion in order to gain a greater understanding of what I mean. […]

A DOG, BURNT HANDS, AND THE CROSS; AND HOW THEY’RE ALL CONNECTED – REVISED*

You might be thinking, what an unusual title for a post; and you would be absolutely correct. Let us see if I can make sense of this enigma in the form of this title. A Dog There was a lady who was quite dismayed that her husband had purchased a new puppy for their baby.  She was painfully […]

America – The Decline of a Democracy – 2016

History When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tytler wrote about the fall of the Athenian Republic over two thousand years previous to that time, he said: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek*

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Gondi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow me to lay down the foundation in order to better deal with eternal life and those doctrines in which it is a part of, which include statements regarding faith, salvation, Strong’s Concordance & Dictionary in regards to New Testament Greek, and 2 […]

Self-Esteem and the Self-Esteem Movement in the Church

Introduction By Brent The following article is from John MacArthur’s book, Introduction To Biblical Counseling.   In a culture and time that critical thinking skills are no longer taught in our educational system when considering subjects as serious as self-esteem, we need to consider this subject in the light of context (the environment of the subject) […]

The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart’ Means (6/10/16)

Introduction  In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of the inner […]

Problems in the Church – Part 2 – A Lack of Discernment in Believers / The Church

Introduction This article was originally released under the title: “Why so Many Christians Make Bad Choices.” We understand that the English word “church“ (Greek: ekklesia) is NOT referring to a building that people meet in, but is believers as a whole (When used as a noun, with the article “the” preceding it), or as a local assembly […]

Problems in the Church – Part 1 – Studying God’s Word & What it Really Means

Introduction I am commonly asked why has a current church lost its power, being of such a non-affect concerning the world around us. I believe that there are two MAIN (Not only) answers of which I will deal within these next two articles: 1) Laziness, which is seen in a superficial handling of God’s word due […]

Dying to Self – Part 3 – Understanding and Application – Enabling Dying to Self.*

Introduction Typically, when presenting a teaching about dying-to-self it would be presented in chronological order: starting with knowledge, continuing on to understanding, then arriving at wisdom. Based on God’s Word, if we want to be wise about dying-to-self, as in approaching any subject in God’s word; wisdom is always coupled with behavior. Therefore, we will […]

SIGNS OF A CHRISTIAN CULT

Introduction Recently I was involved in any situation concerning a very close family member that had joined an organization that according to many Internet sources was a cult. It was due to the love I have for this person that I invested a small amount of time into defining what the warning signs of a […]

Wise Insights Which We Should Think About During This Political Season

Introduction Though I am a political individual by nature, within this ministry, I teach Jesus Christ and His word; and therefore trust the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide people into truth concerning the choices that they would make for the highest office of the land. (There are other venues that are more appropriate […]

My Puppy is Broken – Sin

I know this may sound like an unusual title for an article, but please bear with me and maybe you’ll see a connection. Due to my occupation at the time and being single, I was unable to own a dog in my mid-30s through my late 40s.  For some people this is no big deal, […]

Paul Harvey, 1965: ‘If I Were the Devil’ (Warning for a Nation)

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on  April 3, 1965: If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths […]

Dying To Self Series – Part 2 – Wisdom – The Solution – From God’s Word

General Introduction The reason I started this series is because of how the Holy Spirit has been working in my life in a special way.  Personal Motivation I have experienced a renewed commitment and zeal of the Spirit concerning my service to our Lord and Savior; in holiness producing love – “love the Christian way.” […]

Honoring Wise Older Christians Who Have Gone to be with Their Lord – Old Growth Trees

Recently a friend and I were sitting together at a mutual friend’s funeral, and I told my friend a story about Old Growth Trees. When I moved to Oregon in 2000, I didn’t understand why so many people were so upset about the cutting down of “Old Growth Trees” up there. These giant trees were […]

For Believers That Can’t Feel Forgiven, Perhaps Dealing with Depression or Other Issues.

The following is a response that I made to an individual believer who cannot maintain the concept that God truly loves her. She feels that she has committed a sin which God cannot forget or forgive as many of us have. She, as many of us may be dealing with other cognitive or emotional issues […]

A Word From Brent and a Short Article by Warren Wiersbe on the “Whole Armor of God”

From Brent, I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate to the email subscribers and any frequent visitors. Blog-site Practices It has always been my intention to create or republish an article every week.   I believe consistency is very important, though with my outside responsibilities and ministries, far too often I cannot keep up with this commitment […]

Dying to Self Series – Part 1 – Knowledge – The Problem – Self and Sin

Introduction (4th Updated, 11/28/2015) I feel led to take a short break from the “Eternal Security Series,” and go down a different road for a few articles, with a series called “Dying to Self Series.” I have always felt that teaching must be based upon God’s Word and not experience, and that being submissive to […]

Eternal Security Series – Part 1 – Galatians 5 – “those that do such things…”

Series Introduction The subject which is referred to as “Eternal Security” has brought major division within Christianity as a whole, whereas some denominations support this doctrine and others deny it. It is a religious doctrine (Meaning: “A teaching of the church”) that many point to and state it was not taught by the church fathers, which […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

A Gun, a Dog, Burnt Hands, and the Cross; and How they’re All Connected*

You might be thinking, what an unusual title for a post; and you would be absolutely correct. Let us see if I can make sense of this enigma in the form of a title. Prelude If you hate guns please continue, we do not need to agree about guns for this article to hold a truth regarding the cross […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek (Notable Work)

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Gondi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

Corinth’s Problems & Church Discipline

What were the main problems in Corinth?  1. Divisions – Contentions based upon ownership of Different Teachers: “now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you but that ye be perfect fit together in the same mind […]

A Prayer for the New Year

I am a tenant of this earth, Lord, A lucky soul to whom you have given a generous lease of life.   The rent? You’ve asked for none, except that I have faith and live accordingly.    And so, I dedicate this year to you, Lord. With a promise to improve in spirit, mind and […]

Self-Esteem & The Total Depravity of Man

Introduction The following excerpt is from John MacArthur’s book, Introduction To Biblical Counseling.  If it were lacking anything in presenting the Doctrine of the Total Depravity of man and how it relates to the self-esteem movement, we would have written our own paper, however it does not.  It is probably one of the best written […]

Corinth’s Problems & Church Discipline

What were the main problems in Corinth?  1. Divisions – Contentions based upon ownership of Different Teachers: “now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you but that ye be perfect fit together in the same mind […]

Something to Think About Series ~ 1 – Ray Comfort – Hell’s Best Kept Secret

Introduction I am going to do something different and present an article by someone else without comment.  I believe this presentation is something we Christians should think about.  bb “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” By Ray Comfort (This message was first preached in August 1982.) You can Listen to “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” at: LINK   In the late seventies, […]

Self-Esteem & The Total Depravity of Man

Introduction The following excerpt is from John MacArthur’s book, Introduction To Biblical Counseling.  If it were lacking anything in presenting the Doctrine of the Total Depravity of man and how it relates to the self-esteem movement, we would have written our own paper, however it does not.  It is probably one of the best written […]

How to be a Christian in an UnChristian World

Subject: The Christian Walk in a Sinful World Topics Covered: Daniel & His 3 Friends, Examples of Bad Christian Leadership, Biblical Definition of the word “Heart“,  Christ’s Example of Humility, A Grammatical Breakdown of Phil. 2:5-8, Thinking & Feeling, Essence vs. Attributes                “Meek,” the Biblical Understanding of the Word The Christian walk: Introspection, Developing Humility, and Fighting Pride A Story by […]

The Decline of a Democracy

When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, while our country was seeking its independence; Professor Alexander Tytler wrote about the fall of the Athenian Republic over two thousand years previous to that time, he said: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters […]

Self-Esteem & The Total Depravity of Man

Introduction The following excerpt is from John MacArthur’s book, Introduction To Biblical Counseling.  If it were lacking anything in presenting the Doctrine of the Total Depravity of man and how it relates to the self-esteem movement, we would have written our own paper, however it does not.  It is probably one of the best written […]

The Decline of a Democracy

History When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tytler wrote about the fall of the Athenian Republic over two thousand years previous to that time, he said: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves […]

Faith Bible Ministries Blog ~ An Online Study of the Bible

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~~~~~~ This online Bible study series addresses primary New Testament words in their original language - Koinè Greek - as opposed to mainly using the English translations; which is like adding color to a black-and-white picture.

Faith Video Ministries

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"

Faith Bible Ministries

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"