What is missing in the way most churches proclaim the Gospel? What is lacking in the understanding of a great number of believers regarding redemption? It is that forgiveness is not future tense; it is past tense! It is not partial; it is total. It is not progressive; it is Read More
“The battery is dead.” Try as you may, the car just won’t start. Perhaps, you left the lights on while you shopped, or dined, for hours, and now that you are tired and ready to go home, your battery is totally powerless. It can do nothing!
Ever been in Read More
Over and over again, the New Testament exhorts us to grow in faith, hope, and love. God desires these three graces to mark us and distinguish His children from those who do not know Him. But how does this actually happen? What causes our faith, hope and love to increase? Read More
Sexual temptation is real and pervasive. Cultural taboos against sex outside of marriage have virtually disappeared. We are constantly bombarded with images and messages, subtle and blatant, enticing us to sin. In this highly sexualized world we live in, what can you as an unmarried Christian man or woman do to avoid falling into sexual immorality? Read More
“In every fish is a school. In every bird is a flock. In every boy or girl is a man or woman who can influence many. In every life is contained all the potential through which God can accomplish great things….Wrapped up inside a young lady awaited the noble works of Florence Nightingale. Inside a seemingly arrogant dreamer was Joseph, and within a wiry teenager named David lay hidden a giant-slayer…God hides his treasures in the most inconspicuous wrappings…He hid the survival of Israel in a Hebrew inmate locked in an Egyptian prison—Joseph; He hid the great, great grandmother of King David in a discouraged prostitute—Rahab; And He hid a king in a manger—Jesus.”
Excuses, excuses, excuses, we all make them! It started with Adam; it continues today. Instead of taking responsibility for our actions, it is often more convenient to just blame someone else. But neither you, nor I, will be able to stand before the throne of God and say, “It’s not my fault that I didn’t follow Jesus and did not do His will. My parents were not there for me. The pastor did not give me his attention. The hypocrites in the church Read More
“The entire earth is mine,” says the Lord,,”but you are my treasured possession.” That is, even though I own the earth and everything in it, I prize you more than them all. You are the crown jewel of my creation.
A treasured possession is something most dear to you, not necessarily because it is worth a lot of money, but often because of some personal and emotional reason. Why are we His treasured possession? Why is the Father so personally and emotionally attached to us?
I can think of three reasons: Read More
Does our Heavenly Father punish us if we misbehave? Threatening children with painful punishment is one way some parents seek to induce good behavior. And the fear of punishment is sometimes enough to cause conformity to parental authority. Not always, but often. Is this God’s way? Let’s see.
“And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”” (Hebrews 12:5-6 NIV)
So, we know for certain God disciplines His children. And we also know the only reason He disciplines us is because Read More
In Psalms 92:7, David says, “the wicked spring up like grass,” which is here today and gone tomorrow. Then, in verse 12, he says, “the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree.” He is making a contrast between the two.
Grasses grow quickly, and die quickly. Expose grasses to extreme heat, and their leaves dry up, wither, and die. That’s the way the Read More
How can you be sure God will favor you and bless you today? I’ve got news for you. It’s not because you will earn it, work for it or deserve it. No, God will favor you, increase you and do only good to you because of His covenant with Abraham!
Listen to what God said to Isaac. Read More