The True Foundation: Christlikeness

By Francis Frangipane

Christ Himself is the eternal blueprint for our lives.  Only in studying Him, in measuring ourselves by Him, do we grow securely upon the foundation of God. 

Beloved, we were created to become like Christ.  Yet, some would lead us to a lesser destiny.  They teach that a stumbling, disobedient people can somehow also be the same "overcomers" spoken of in the Sacred book.  Yet, God's plan has not faded out or become obsolete!  Even as Christ has not changed, so neither has the plan of God for the church.  Our transformation will burn in God's heart "until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ" (Eph 4:13).

The Grinch That Stole Christians

By Francis Frangipane

Can we have a little family talk?  For most of you, this won't apply, but the devil has some of us bound, where we are focused on issues that are not the real issue.  What do I mean?  A few Christians have been taught that, according to Jeremiah 10:4, God is against the use of Christmas trees.  The text reads, "They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter."  Superimpose the image of our silver and gold Christmas decorations and we have a "revelation" that God hates Christmas (or at least Christmas trees). 

However, if you read the entire chapter, it isn't talking about Christmas, but idols and people who worship them.  So, if you are sitting at home reading this and it's prior to December 25th, you can get a Christmas tree.  It's okay as long as you don't worship it.  In fact, if you're reading this and it's past December 25th, that might even be better -- Christmas trees and decorations are very inexpensive after Christmas.