Stress

Stress In search of a Christian wholistic answer we must understand how the body and soul functions together with God. Let’s start by considering the problem of stress. Alvin Tofler wrote a book years ago entitled Future Shock. He noticed that people were increasingly...

The Peripheral Nervous System

The Peripheral Nervous System Please refer to the diagram in yesterday’s blog. The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system, and stemming from that is a peripheral nervous system, which has two different channels. One is the somatic nervous system,...

Body, Soul, and Spirit

Body, Soul, and Spirit Christians have an inner person and an outer person. In other words we are part material and part immaterial. Obviously they work together in unison as body, soul and spirit. One correlation is obvious and that is the mind and brain connection....

Traumatic Experiences

Traumatic Experiences In my last blog, I shared how prevailing experiences in our past create flesh patterns or mental strongholds. We assimilate them into our minds from the environment we were raised in over time. Even when raised in the same community we respond...

In Summary

In Summary Has the sinful nature been eradicated at the time of the new birth? One cannot answer yes or no without defining terms. If someone asked, "Do you believe that the old man is dead?" the answer is yes. We are no longer in Adam; we are spiritually...

Balancing the Indicative and the Imperative

Balancing the Indicative and the Imperative The greatest tension in the New Testament is between the indicative (what God has already done and what is already true about us) and the imperative (what remains to be done as we respond to God by faith and obedience in the...

Saved and Sanctified by Faith

Saved and Sanctified by Faith The apostle Paul wrote, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified" (Rom. 6:6). Notice in this verse that the apostle is saying there is something we must know, not do, and the verb is past tense. Struggling believers try and try...

A New Heart

A New Heart According to Scripture, the center of the person is the heart. In our natural state, "the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure" (Jer. 17:9). It is deceitful because it was born that way and has been conditioned from the time of...

Self-Perception and Behavior

Self-Perception and Behavior People cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with what they believe about themselves. We live according to who we really are and born-again believers are children of God. Understanding this is a critical part of our...

A New Nature

A New Nature The apostle Paul teaches that we are a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), which has affected our nature, the very core of our inner being. Paul says, "You were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light"...