Despising God’s Word Might Not Mean What You Think It Does

“Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.” –Proverbs 13:13

Better read the rest: http://www.mikeleake.net/2018/09/despising-gods-word-might-not-mean-what-you-think-it-does.html

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What Our Longing For Heaven Says About Our Engagement In Warfare

Normally the lad whines about bed time. He still has energy left in the tank and wants to fight for every moment of wakened life that he can. But on this particular day he happily collapses into his bed at 7:30pm. Why? Because he has spent the entire day doing manual labor which has left him exhausted.

Do you long for heaven?

Read more: http://www.mikeleake.net/2018/08/what-our-longing-for-heaven-says-about-our-engagement-in-warfare.html

All Is Found In Christ

http://www.mikeleake.net/2018/08/all-is-found-in-christ.html

10 Things I Learned From 2 Corinthians

~ Leake

Here are 10 things:

  1. The most valuable commentaries to me in preaching through 2 Corinthians were Scott Hafemann’s work in the NIV Application Commentary and R. Kent Hughes’ work in the Preaching the Word Series.
  2. Understanding “his power & our weakness” is the key to understanding all of 2 Corinthians. This was the message the false teachers denied, the message the Corinthians failed to grasp, and the cornerstone of Paul’s ministry.

Read the whole blog: http://www.mikeleake.net/2018/08/10-things-i-learned-from-2-corinthians.html

One Reason We Struggle With Evangelism

~ Mike Leake

I’ve been slowly working my way through the works of Francis Schaeffer. What I read this morning was deeply convicting. Schaeffer was discussing his strategy of “taking the roof off” the lives of unbelievers. By doing this, he knew that his goal was to lead a person to despair. He wrestled with this a bit but came to the conclusion that if Christianity is true then it’s the most loving thing to do. Here are his words:

We cannot do this until we have personally faced the question as to whether the Judeo-Christian system is true in the way we have been speaking of truth. When we are certain about this for ourselves, then if we love men we shall have the courage to life the roof off other people’s lives and expose them to the collapse of their defenses. We ourselves, as we face these people, must have the integrity to continue to live open to the questions: Does God exist? Is the content of the Judeo-Christian system truth? (Schaeffer, 144)

This was convicting to me because I had to confess one of the reasons why I sometimes struggle with evangelism is because of a lurking and nagging unbelief. I’m convinced that many of us functionally have nothing more than a Pascal’s wager faith. What do I mean by that? I mean a faith which is merely hedging our bets.

If you aren’t familiar with it, this is Pascal’s wager. There are four basic options:

  • Option #1: You believe and God does exist. This leads to infinite gain.
  • Option #2: You believe and God does not exist. This leads (according to Paschal) to minimal loss.
  • Option #3: You don’t believe and God does exist. This leads to infinite loss.
  • Option #4: You don’t believe and God does not exist. This leads to minimal gain.

What Is Atonement?

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-is-atonement-and-why-is-it-necessary.html

Why Didn’t Paul Share His ‘Trip To Heaven’ Story?

Mike Leake 

 

Consider the situation that Paul faced. At Corinth a group of false teachers were winning the affections of the Corinthians, and they were doing it through bragging about ecstatic experiences and visions and such. It was important for their faith that they adhere to Paul’s gospel (the biblical gospel) instead of this false gospel being pimped by the prosperity goons. And Paul had a story which could trump everyone of their stories. So what does he do? He tells his story (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) but prefaces his story by saying, “there is nothing to be gained by it”. And then he shares it as if the thing didn’t even happen to him.

Read more: http://www.mikeleake.net/2018/07/why-didnt-paul-share-his-trip-to-heaven-story.html