Spiritual Graduation: Heaven Or Hell

by Kevin Burton    This time of year, high school seniors are starting to smell that finish line.  Graduation smells like freedom, I remember.     This is the 27th post focusing on our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.  We have compared physical blindness to spiritual blindness and found the latter much more dangerous.    …

Prayer Is Essential For The Christian

by Kevin Burton    It’s lunch time again at our school for the spiritually blind, time to refuel.    We’re in our second set of classes, heading toward graduation. This series comes from the fact that to be spiritually blind is far worse than being physically blind.    In our first semester we refueled at …

Christian, Are You Swimming Or Floating?

by Kevin Burton    Yesterday on Page 7 we tried to keep up with the apostle Peter as he exhorted believers to grow in their Christian character.    We looked at 2 Peter 1: 5-7, which in the New King James version reads, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith …

Peter’s Formula For Christian Growth

by Kevin Burton    There is a passage in 2 Peter that forces me to slow down to get the depth of meaning. It’s just too much to take in all at once.    In fact, it’s too much for one post.  We’ll finish the subject tomorrow.    I’m talking about Peter’s exhortation to believers …

To Know Christ Is Not A Part-time Pursuit

by Dane Massey       (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      How would you describe your journey to know Christ in two words?    Did you come up with “sustained passion”?     Many of us can’t claim that.  In fact, far too many …

What Does It Mean To “Bless The Lord”?

by Kevin Burton    Our family Bible study took us through Psalm 103 recently, where we encountered no fewer than five admonitions to “bless the Lord.”    I had read this before, but this time it stopped me short. This blessing business is supposed to go the other way, God blessing us.  When God blesses …

Heat Of the Moment Theology Won’t Do

by Kevin Burton     The Christian recording act Phillips, Craig and Dean has a song I like called “Made Up Mind.”     That song will help us on Page 7 today as we look at the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego from the book of Daniel. They had a decision to make and they …

A New Spin On Quarterback Controversy

by Kevin Burton    Never heard this on CBS, FOX or NBC Sports. Not a peep, not on television anyway.    It seems NFL quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are both Christians.  So a few years ago when they competed to be the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback it gave an interesting twist to the …

Learning The Language Of Heaven

by Kevin Burton    It’s great fun to translate words and phrases into Spanish and then back into English.  Sometimes the result makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me think.     In Spanish you ask “How old are you?” by saying, “Cuantos anos tienes?” Translated back into English it means “How many years do you …

What Does It Mean To Abide In Christ?

by Kevin Burton    Your ability to live a triumphant life in Christ depends on your ability to abide in Him.    But what does it mean to abide in Christ? Views on this topic vary greatly. Let’s hear from Jesus Himself on the subject.    “Abide in me, and I in you. As the …