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When the Going Gets Tough

We have all had times in our lives when things get tough. The world has a way of throwing challenges our way when we least expect it or when we are least capable of handling them. Sometimes the challenges get so difficult that we may want to give up. What should we do when we get to that point? We should follow the example of three men in the Bible who faced very difficult challenges but kept the faith: Jeremiah,…

Responding to True Miracles

There was no way one could see the miracles of Jesus and not be forced to make a decision about who He was. Unlike the “miracles” of televangelists of our day, His miracles were always instantaneous, complete healing and never a failure. He immediately restored hands visibly deformed, cleansed those whose leprosy was obvious to all, and He even raised the dead. What an amazing contrast between what He did and those pseudo-miracles of our day. Look at the impact…

Am I Careless or Carefree?

Even though they technically mean the same thing, you know the difference. The first insinuates you don’t care about the bad around you when you actually should, because there is more to it. The second insinuates that you don’t worry about the bad around you, because you know you don’t need to. There are two men discussed in scripture that stayed asleep during a storm. The first one we think about is Jesus! Mark 4:37-38 shows Jesus being carefree in…

What Does It Mean to Turn to God?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? That may seem like an odd question, but let’s consider it for a moment. Who is Jesus? There are so many ways to answer that question! He was a carpenter. (Mk 6:3) He was a Nazarene and a man from the tribe of Judah. (Matt. 2:23; Heb. 7:14) But these answers don’t really get to the heart of who Jesus is. Think about the Gospel accounts that we have, and ask yourself the question – who is…

Defeating Bitterness

Many of us think that it’s harmless to harbor negative emotions toward other people. We often excuse it as something natural, like when we get angry at bona fide injustice or unfairness. At other times, we spin negativity into something positive, such as when we hold a grudge against someone else as a defense mechanism to remind us that we cannot trust them. Bitterness can be of those things. But if we are going to be the salt and light…

The Christ of Christianity

There is perhaps no more significant study in Christendom than the study of Jesus Christ. Without the humanity and deity of Christ, there no longer remains a fruitful approach to the Christian lifestyle. We have to come to terms with Jesus being the King of kings in addition to our propitiation. As God, He demands our obedience to live as His people (Ex. 19:5). As man, He seeks to develop a deep and eternal relationship, one that could be described…

More than Morals

What makes a Christian? There are many places to go to find that answer, but my favorite is Colossians 3. Skipping over v.1-4 for now Colossians 3:5-9 illustrates what the Christian life does not look like. Following that we see the picture of a Christian in v.12-17. A Christian should strive to be merciful, kind, humble, meek, patient, caring, and forgiving, loving, peaceful, and thankful. However, these characteristics alone do not make one a Christian. They are good morals, and…

True Contradictions?

One of the lessons that I taught in logic class was the nature of contradiction. True contradictions are rare because they depend upon very specific details conflicting with each other. For example, suppose someone came running into the building and said that there was basketball size hail coming down outside. We would immediately think about the weather. Was it sunny when we walked in? Cloudy? What was the temperature like? Did the forecast even call for a storm? Some might…

A God Among gods

“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.” (Ps 86:8) When we say “God” today it is typically understood to be in reference to the God of the Bible, which is Jehovah. It is normally no longer needed to say Yahweh or Jehovah for someone to know who you are addressing or talking about. Though today there are still many individuals who believe in another god or many gods they do…

A Mighty Man on His Knees

Psalm 51 In this well-known psalm of repentance, David comes clean before God concerning his sin with Bathsheba and his having Uriah killed (read 2 Samuel 11& 12). The words of David are especially appropriate from another occasion: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm34:18). Few passages anywhere in the Bible resonate with such truth and emotion regarding confession of sin. This psalm deals with 12 words that will change anyone’s life. Psalm…

Running from God

Are you running from God? There are many times in our lives when we find ourselves doing just that. Maybe we don’t even notice in the moment, but our boots are still pointed in the opposite direction. In John 12:26 Jesus said His servants must follow Him and we know that having accepted salvation we have become servants to the Lord. (II Cor. 6:4) Yet still, in times that our hand should be on the plow, we have walked out…
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