What Will You Do? A Study in Christian Ethics

As a Christ-follower, you face ethical decisions every day. The question is, “What will you do?” Contemporary cultural pressures will tempt you to live outside the safety net of scriptural boundaries. However, if you set your sail to follow the winds of social evolution you may find yourself in a storm. The Scriptures give you proven ways to navigate safely through life’s decisions. God provides clear ethical guidelines. You can be assured your ethics are sound when you rely on them. This study will provide principles to hep you resolve questions of what is ethical for a Christian in any particular situation and in any culture. You can confidently make correct and honorable choices as the Holy Spirit guides you through the unchanging ethical principles found in the Word.

Hardcover, paperback and e-book editions are available. There is also a WORKBOOK available in October that is excellent for Bible study or Bible College.


Four new Lessons on Christian Ministry – February 2021

I have made available four new lessons on “Christian Ministry.” You can find them by clicking the “Free Resources” and going to “Ministry Skills and Practices” (the link on this post) They will be the four .pfd files at the top of the list. 



Degrees of Power

Degrees of Power: Be honest with yourself. At this time, how much power do you have to make a difference. Power always seems to be reflected in words. I have concluded that there are only three levels of power, and they manifest in words, whether you speak them to someone else or silently say them to yourself.

[1] You could have “no power.” When words are spoken from a hard or ignorant heart – or an unbelieving one, or one in deliberate sin, they have no power. The Holy Spirit will not respond to and anoint these words. You will only limit yourself and in some cases, keep yourself chained to emotions or habits that get you nowhere.
[2] You could have a life of “low power.” Without a close relationship with God, or when you are filled with doubt, or soaked in pride, or habitually feel sorry for yourself, your words carry very low power and not much anointing. Anointing is never your choice. It’s always the choice of the Holy Spirit. He responds to faith, hope and love. Think about that and look at what it is He may not be responding to.
[3] You could, and should have “all power.” This power is already resident in your heart, waiting to manifest itself in the words you speak to others, or perhaps most importantly, you say to yourself. “All power” comes with committed, unrelenting surrender to Christ, and is spoken in the mighty name of Jesus – to whoever will listen and especially to yourself. The Holy Spirit hears and miracle-working power comes. It is the gate to grace. Wise leaders know God only responds with all His power to our surrender, obedience and faith… Then, mountains will be cast into the sea, devils flee, dead men walk, and those you lead will be changed forever.  Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV) says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. {24} Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

 

Dr. Bob




It’s Time for a Heart Change.

My friend Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, preaching on Pentecost, said this: “No matter what laws are passed in this land, only the Holy Spirit can change hearts.”

My thoughts: It’s time for hearts to change! Make room in your heart for the grace, love, unity and compassion that the Holy Spirit will bring.  Only the grace of God will make the difference. Take time to reflect on Romans 12:2 in the Passion Translation. It says, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”