Who is a Christian?

Believers were first called Christians at Antioch. The secular Greek speaking communities identified followers of Jesus Christ as Christians. It was much the same way they would have identified the followers of Aristotle as Aristotelians or of Epicurus as Epicureans. The church at Antioch must have distinguished themselves as followers of Jesus Christ above all other names. They were not called by the name of any common man. They were called Christians.Jesus

Who is a Christian? The simple answer is one who follows Jesus Christ. How does one follow Jesus Christ? Our Lord answered the question himself, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.”(Matthew16:24) A Christian is one who denies himself. He does not live to protect his own rights, even if that leads to his own cross.

A Christian is one who will not seek his own welfare but that of others. “Open thy mouth for the mute in the cause of all who are appointed unto death.”(Proverbs 31:8) “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”(James 1:27) One very clear example of following the Lord in this way is to decry abortion. To speak and to act in defense of the defenseless is to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings.

A Christian is one who seeks to conform his words and his actions to the words and actions of Jesus Christ. A Christian may fall, but he will “seek to be justified by Christ.”(Galatians 2:17) As the Apostle John said, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”(I John 1:9)

A Christian is one who lives by faith in the forgiveness of God our Father. Therefore the Christian will forgive others who do him harm. “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if you forgive men not their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Matthew 6:14-15)

One who is a Christian will live in such a way before both God and men as to move the secular community to say, “That man follows Jesus Christ.” A Christian should be called a Christian in his own Antioch.

How does one become a Christian?

On the day of Pentecost Peter told the people, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…”(Acts:2:38) To become a Christian one must repent of his sins, be baptized in open confession of his change, and follow Jesus Christ.

The Poet in our Hearts

POSSIBILITIES by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Where are the poets unto whom belong
     The Olympian heights: whose singing shafts were sent
     Straight to the mark, and not from bows half bent,
     But with utmost tension of the thong?

Where are the stately argosies of song,
     Whose rushing keels made music as they went
     Sailing in search of some new continent,
     With all sail set, and steady winds and strong?

Perhaps there lives some dreamy boy, untaught
     In schools, some graduate of the field or street,
     Who shall become a master of the art,
     An admiral sailing the high seas of thought,
     Fearless and first, and steering with his fleet
     For lands not yet laid down in any chart.

“Some dreamy boy, untaught…”
I love Longfellow’s call to the poet in our hearts.

My grandmother always said that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was our ancestor.  I’m happy to claim that.

Rise up and Walk

Crippled by Fear

  And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.    Luke 21:7, 26

Are you crippled by fear?  Do you so fear the end time prophecies that you dread that day and pray against it?  Do terms like “the vengeance of our God[1]” make you want to cover your ears and shut your eyes?  Do you dread the daily news?  Will Christendom be plunged into a new Dark Age as globalists rise to enslave the remaining free people of the world?  Will the United States fall into the hands of those who hold the trillions of dollars debt note?  Will the debt-ridden US citizenry legally lose the protections of their Constitution?  What do you fear?

Evangelical Christian, where is your Good News?  Are you still hoping and praying that the inevitable will not come in your lifetime?
You say, “It must come.  Ya’ know, ‘as it was in the days of Noah…’[2]
Must we be reminded of who was destroyed in Noah’s flood?

The feet of iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream are stomping nation after nation in our day [3].  We must learn to pray as Daniel prayed:

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:  4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: …
my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations,…
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive;
O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God:
for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Daniel 9:3-19

Are not the Christian nations of the world called by His Name?  Has not the Gospel of Jesus Christ been carried by them to all the world?  Is not the Creator’s Name mocked because of our nations’ sins!

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Gather the people…
 and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD,
and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them:
wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
Joel 2:15-18

For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…

Who knoweth if he will return and repent,
and leave a blessing behind him?

Joel 2:11-14

Did I hear you say, “That was for Bible times.  We, in the Last Days, cannot pray this way.  The Lord cannot repent of His judgments in our day. Jesus spoke it.”


Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:
for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake:
but the LORD will be the hope of his people
Joel 3:14-16

Do we bury our heads and hope to be spirited out of this judgment day?  Or, do we bury our heads and hope to stay hidden in the hills and caves of the earth?

There is work to be done!  His Name is blasphemed every day because Christian nations allow their foundations to crumble.

Begin as Daniel did, in personal repentance, then repent for the sins of your nation.  Gather others to join you in prayer.  The result will be as the prophet Joel has said:

Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people…
I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered
Joel 2:18, 28 – 32

Christian, put away your crippling fear.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth[4]

[1] Isaiah 61:1-2  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.  Does this really sound so bad?

[2] Luke 17:26-27  And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

[3] Daniel 2:28  There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. [Daniel continues to reveal to the King of Babylon the meaning of his dream.]

[4] Acts 3:6

The Word of Reconciliation

For Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement

Only one who has accepted the pain of suffering can understand the forgiveness of reconciliation.

 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Philippians 3:10-11

To forgive without the requirement of repentance is the beginning of reconciling the world to God.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Scenario: A wife is falsely accused by her husband. (It makes no difference if the matter is small or great.) She recounts the facts to him as she knows them. He disregards her words and makes more cutting statements.
She may:
1. grow angry and hold him to pay by her angry coldness until he admits his wrong at which time she will forgive him.
2. forgive his sin not holding him to its charges.

What will become of this husband? What will become of this wife? If the wife makes the choice  of forgiveness # 2, the husband will be committed to the merciful justice of God, instead of being held to the punishment of the lawful charges of the wife. The wife, in taking the second choice, is committing herself to Him who judges righteously, according to I Peter 2:23.

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not;
but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.

There is nothing in this world or the next that can induce Father God to ignore the suffering of the innocent.
He will avenge the innocent, but He is just.

Will He allow the perpetrator to fall into double jeopardy?


Either the victim will require the vengeance of the Law, or the victim will release vengeance into the hands of The Righteous Judge. Reconciliation of the earth can only be accomplished through all vengeance being released into the hands of Him who said, “I will repay.”(1) The prescriptions of the Law are weak (2). They cannot purge sin from the conscience of the sinner. Only the Merciful Almighty can find the individual prescription that will purge each sinner(3). Only He can bring the sinner to complete repentance. His vengeance will not stop short of a purged conscience.

He has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.


(1)Romans 12:19for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Psalm 94:1  “ O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.”

(2)Romans 8:3  “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

(3) Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Power in a Woman’s Hands

Womanhood and God’s Dominion Call
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Women need to know the power that God has entrusted to them to affect their culture.  Womanhood and God’s Dominion Call is written for women to find the Biblical call to female authority and to show them how to implement that authority in their families and their communities.

Some excerpts:

“What is dominion?  …
Our promise is the same as God gave to Joshua when he led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.”
The degree to which we can affect our environment increases in proportion to our personal growth in subjection to God’s dominion over our own lives.  Dominion begins by our living in our homes and among our own family members as Jesus would.  From there we yield ourselves to God’s dominion order in our churches, our communities, our nation, and even beyond.”

“The creation of Woman was not God’s after-thought.”

“When a society loses its respect for motherhood, it makes a mockery of motherhood’s provision for future generations, and it loses its regard for the family.”

“Outside our homes is a world of needs.  The peace that the dominion woman enjoys in her home must be shared with others.”

Chapter Headings:

  1.  Dominion – What is it?
  2. Womanhood – God’s Gift
  3. Motherhood
  4. In the Church – Where is the Dominion Woman?
  5. The Dominion Woman in her Community
  6. Conclusion

Read more…


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…
Galations 5:22

A majestic mountain view,
a flower strewn meadow and lazy cows grazing in the sun,
an eastern beach at dawn…

All peaceful scenes.

The soft rhythmic breathing of the sleeping baby on your chest,
a singing violin and a weeping cello,
tinkling wind chimes in a sleepy summer breeze…

All peaceful sounds.

From where does our peace come?  Natural experiences afford us a natural sense of peace.  These natural sensations are good; they are gifts from our Creator.


when the storms of life crack lightening streaks across your majestic mountain view,
or hurricanes blast your beach at dawn,
or the baby on your chest is screaming and kicking in colic pain…

where can you find peace?

The fruit of God’s Spirit is peace.  This is not the natural peace as described above. This world shows us only a facsimile of that peace from above, but it cannot give us that peace.

We find the peace from above in those times of storm,
when we must search outside ourselves for that which we do not have.

Jesus told us that our Father gives good gifts to His children who ask Him.
In faith we cry to our Heavenly Father, who hears and answers our cry.

Hold on.
Your joy comes in the morning.
That peace has no bounds.

 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5  

Authority – Who Has It? – and What’s it For?

There is a wealthy household on a sprawling estate which employs many servants. Among them is a girl who works as a maid.  She hears a knock at the door and opens to greet an important-looking man on the front step.  The little maid has the authority to let the man in or to turn him away according to the will of the householder.  Whatever this girl tells the man, he must do.  She bears the full authority of the head of that wealthy household, because she is under authority and in her rightful place.

Every man, woman, and child has the same authority that belongs to the maid.  Each in his rightful place carries the full authority of the Creator within his own domain.

Another term for this authority of which we speak is dominion.  God has put Man, male and female, in the earth to have dominion in it. If we are in our proper place in God’s order, even demons must obey us.  Our actions are not our own, but his that sent us.  Under God we have authority over all things, and as the psalmist, we are inspired to cry out, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?![1]

Our own lives and our families, our communities, and our nation are in serious trouble.  Yet we are not without a lifeline.  The Great Creator has offered us hope from the beginning.  The hope starts in our own hearts as we learn to love and obey God and to love our fellowman.  Only unselfish love can fulfill God’s dominion mandate.

In repentance let us all send up this cry to heaven, “Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them.”  God will hear.  The Logos-Word by which he created all things shall one day fill all the earth.   The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.[2]  God desires his kingdom to fill the earth.  It is not his will that men be persecuted and oppressed by antichrist powers.  Yes, we are warned that the spirit of antichrist will wear out the saints,[3] but the very next verses promise that the saints will take away antichrist’s dominion.  Then, the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.[4]

Our outlook is not one of defeat.  Our motivating hope is that God will empower a holy people by his Spirit to overcome the spirit of antichrist.  They will overcome him personally by fully yielding to the dominion of the Creator.  They will overcome antichrist oppression in the lives of others by compassionate deeds laying down their own lives in following their Savior.  They will overcome antichrist nationally by restoring true justice.  These are a people living in dominion covenant with God.

Each one of us can affect this world for God.  Our sphere of influence grows as we are found faithful in each domain that God has given us.  We must give ourselves fully to the work, realizing that the work is only ours as God’s ambassadors.  The goal toward which we aim is that God’s kingdom will fully come in our own hearts and lives and that his kingdom will spread to include our families, our communities, our nation and finally fill the whole earth.

And the LORD said …As truly as I live,

all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.[5]

[1] Psalm 8:4

[2] Revelation 11:15  This prophecy shows God’s plan for the kingdoms of this world.

[3] Daniel 7:25

[4] Daniel 7:26-27

[5] Numbers 14:20-21

The preceding post is the final chapter of my publication Womanhood and God’s Dominion Call which is now available on this site as a free e-booklet download.

Endtime Beliefs Matter – Alot!

This article gives a strong warning.  It’s worth reading whatever your theological view.  By the way, I am not a preterist. ~EW

Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters
By Joel McDurmon | Published: May 27, 2011
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Christian parents wonder today why the majority of their children today leave the church when they become teenagers and never come back. I’ll tell you why. A big part is due to the nonsensical hounding upon Rapture … Click to Continue…