Do you have a friend who always has a listening ear? Someone who knows your intimate secrets, always has your best interests at heart, understands your deepest longings, and is there for you when you undergo trials and encounter hardship. Someone who strengthens you, guides you, provides hope in difficult times, and rejoices in your triumphs?
I recently engaged in an exercise in which we listed every quality that we could think of under the umbrella of love. What does it mean to love someone? What we came up with included sacrificial, everlasting, enduring, joy, peace, kind, patient, powerful, active, trustworthy, truthful, faithful, merciful, gracious, selfless, others-focused, persevering, not envious, not … Continue reading God is Love!
Over this week since the Easter weekend, I have been contemplating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means for us. While Jesus hung on the cross, many of those observing mocked and ridiculed him. “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from … Continue reading Ridiculed, Crucified, but not Defeated
Periodically, a devotional or article that I read strikes a note of relevance to an eternal outlook on life. The following, written by John Piper, is one such article. I would like to share this, taken from his Solid Joys devotional. I hope that God blesses you through what you read. Devotional by John Piper https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-binds-the-hands-of-love … Continue reading What Binds the Hands of Love?
What does it mean to be ready? I could say, "I am ready for supper," if I am hungry and it is approaching dinner time. Or, "I am ready to watch the Super Bowl," once the playoffs have determined the teams and the big day has arrived. Toward the end of one's life, one might … Continue reading Are You Ready?
We are living in strange and challenging times. No matter what decisions our leaders make and what happens, no one can know for sure whether a different course of action regarding this virus and the economy would have yielded better results. It is comforting to know that God is still in control. He knows the … Continue reading ETERNAL OUTLOOK
I watch the news and see the shooting, rioting, and protesting that has erupted around the country. It saddens me that people cannot put personal differences aside and live in harmony with one another. Allow me to quote from Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks...1 It does not matter what anyone has done or will do … Continue reading Why Can’t We All Just, Get Along?
Depending on the angle from which you look at it, the question of merit based salvation takes on various forms. One might question whether his or her good deeds outweigh the bad. Will that individual be saved? What about the person who dedicates his or her life to charity or societal betterment? And is there … Continue reading Can You Earn Your Way to Heaven?
Last time, we looked at the presence of evil in the world and the ultimate solution found in Christ Jesus. We will now look at the amount of wickedness and types of disasters that we observe in the world around us. Critics argue that God commanded or condoned murders and killing, not just of wicked … Continue reading Do God and the Bible Condone Evil? – Part II
I have heard opponents of Christianity and Biblical authority claim that they cannot love a god who condones or commands such things as murder, slavery, genocide, infanticide, patricide, rape, and pillaging, as they say is taught in the Bible. Others, in defense of Christianity, state that the aforementioned atrocities occurred in the Old Testament and … Continue reading Do God and the Bible Condone Evil? – Part I