My Thoughts on a Divine Warning Given to a Nation

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

My Thoughts on Christ’s Healing of the Woman With the Blood Issue

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 God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: The Choice Factor

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

If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?: Defining Evil

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

My Thoughts on the “New Heavens and a New Earth”: Do Some Bible Passages Point to a Literal New Heavens and New Earth?

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?