Sometimes when I'm reading the Bible, a verse I read seems to contradict something I believe. The following verse was one such instance. They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered … Continue reading Did Not Come to Mind- A Biblical Argument for Free Will
We can all relate to the notion of uncertainty. We all face trials and challenges that force us to make decisions that affect our future well-being and livelihood. No one knows the intricate details of his or her life beyond the present. We have desires, goals, and reasonable expectations for the future but no guarantee … Continue reading Uncertainty?
An individual's hope of salvation is only by the grace and mercy of God. Once saved, can that individual lose his or her salvation? This issue has been debated frequently throughout the history of Christianity. The answer to this question lies in an understanding of what Jesus did through the cross. We have no hope … Continue reading Once Saved, Always Saved?
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?
I recently read Psalm 39 and am struck by the relevance that this Psalm holds toward an eternal outlook on life and our present times. Many in this day and age are living in fear; fear of COVID, fear of government leadership (or lack thereof); fear of financial uncertainty; fear of dying; fear of pain; … Continue reading Sojourner
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
On our own, no one seeks God. Human nature is inherently prideful and selfish. Everyone who has found faith in Christ has a story illustrating God's work in his or her life. For some, God's dealings are subtle and barely noticeable. Such individuals are more receptive to the influence of the Holy Spirit than others, … Continue reading Remember
I came across the following verse as I was reading my Bible the other day. It falls amid a passage dealing with one's placement in life; whether an individual is married or single, slave or free. 17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called … Continue reading Life Assigned
When I make a promise, I do so, hoping that it is a part of God's will for me to fulfill it. From a human perspective, promises are declarations of intent. An individual intends to do something for someone else or with someone else in mind, but like any plans that a person makes, it … Continue reading Trust His Promises
God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes it is through His written Word. Sometimes it is through a preacher, teacher, or friend. At times He speaks in dreams or random thoughts throughout the day. And at others, He speaks through written materials outside of the Word of God. Each day, I read two devotionals, … Continue reading The Voice of God