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?
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 […]
Everybody knows it’s sinful to do forbidden things like cussing, gambling, and committing sexual immoral acts. We understand to do these things breaks God’s heart. That is why, in Luke 15, we find it easy to condemn the younger son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. He lived wildly and did not come […]
Do you sometimes need a hug? Do you sometimes long to be held close and embraced fervently by someone who loves you dearly? Probably. The need to be loved is universal. We were created to love and be loved. Without love, people dry up. Without it, they die. But no one needs to suffer, or […]
1 John 3:1-3 Have you ever asked God for something and then allowed negative thoughts about yourself and the awareness of your shortcomings to cause you to doubt that God would grant your request? When something goes wrong, is the first question that comes to your mind “what have I done that I am being […]