It is easy to make things all about you. In fact, that’s one’s natural inclination. Selfishness, being focused on self, being interested first and foremost in self before anyone else…we start out that way as infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers and many, perhaps most, of us never really grow into someone better.
Christianity requires us to be different.… Read More My Thoughts on Denying Self
Jesus warned that riches could — and in many cases, would — become a great distraction and keep us from becoming what God would have us to be (Lk. 8:14). This was true for Old Testament Israel. Moses warned them that their prosperity might cause them to give themselves rather than God the credit for their good fortune and turn away from serving Him, resulting ultimately in their own destruction as a nation. It is true for us today as well.… Read More My Thoughts on a Divine Warning Given to a Nation
All of us suffer. Sometimes we might want to blame God. This woman encourages me to do the opposite. She reminds me that I must look upwards to God and look forward to heaven. My home is not here in the land of war, turmoil, strife, and high housing and gas prices. There is something better waiting (Rom. 8:18). … Read More My Thoughts on Christ’s Healing of the Woman With the Blood Issue
If I was told after my conversion that salvation was not only mine, but it would always be mine NO MATTER WHAT, well, that would make it quite easy for me, wouldn’t it? If salvation will always be mine NO MATTER WHAT, why inconvenience myself by trying to do what is right and repent whenever I do wrong?… Read More My Thoughts on “Once Saved, Always Saved”
What tends to help you become more patient? What helps you become more compassionate? What helps you grow more courageous? What motivates you to long for heaven and thus grow in your Christian walk?… Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist: The Benefits
None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and we’ll continue to make mistakes. Freedom of choice exists. We are all free to make whatever choices in life we want to make. Yet, none of us are perfect. That means we will make wrong choices at times. That in turn means that where there is freedom of choice, the result will be wrong choices. What can produce evil and suffering in the world? Wrong choices.… Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: The Choice Factor
As I type this, Russian helicopters are flying over Ukrainian villages. People in Ukraine, likely including people I know and have taught and baptized years ago, are suffering and dying. From my perspective, all of this is happening because of greed and selfishness. It’s such a waste. It’s needless and it’s horrible. Why does God allow it to happen?… Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: Defining Evil
Some still promote the notion that the saved will dwell for eternity on a literal new earth under literal new heavens. They do so by pointing to several biblical passages which they interpret to teach that there will be a literal new earth in eternity. As we close this series of articles on the “new heavens and a new earth,” l’d like to examine each of the passages which I am aware are used to promote this idea.… Read More My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Do Some Bible Passages Point to a Literal New Heavens and New Earth?
Where will the saved spend eternity? In heaven, and there are good reasons why this is true. Consider…… Read More My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Where Will The Saved Spend Eternity?