Archive for January 2002

The Seeds of Forbidden Fruit, Part 4 (Conclusion)

Now we consider the question, If the “seeds of forbidden fruit” (pride, independence, unbelief and self-will) comprised the original sin of Adam, could their opposites point the way for Christians to experience life more abundantly? In other words, are humility, dependence, faith, and submission essential to the Abiding Life? Yes indeed! 1. Abundant life requires…

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Seeds of Forbidden Fruit, Part 3

We have been studying how pride, independence, unbelief, and self-will were the “seeds of forbidden fruit” that comprised Adam and Eve’s fall from innocence in Eden. By way of contrast, humility, dependence, belief, and submission to God are essential in Christian discipleship.[1] Christ’s mission of redemption required His virgin birth and sinless life so that…

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The Balanced Diet Reading Plan

Since we are beginning a new year, you may have made a “new year’s resolution” to read through the Scriptures this year. That’s a good goal, yet it’s not uncommon to start reading in Genesis, but lose momentum in… Leviticus. Someone wrote to me: “This week, you talked about being hungry for the Word… However,…

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