There is a reason why Jesus is called "the Savior of the world," and not merely "the mentor" or "the example." Jesus Christ literally saves people from their sins. But not everyone. Only anyone.
Christians are people who trust in Christ's death for their salvation rather than their own religious deeds. They not only trust in Jesus as their Savior, but they also follow Him as their Lord. The Gospel message is the foundation of the Christian faith. And it produces a life of freedom in Christ.
I just finished watching Rick and Kay Warren's interview with Piers Morgan on CNN. If you want to know what real Christianity is about, just watch that interview. Christianity is so much more than words alone. It is power. It is grace. It is blood, sweat, and tears. And it is honest.
Everyone loves a good mystery. Well, maybe not everyone, but most people anyway. Here is one for you. And it is unlike any other mystery in the history of the world.
Two weeks after the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the president of Russia has issued his own version of the speech to the American people in an op-ed article in the New York Times. Vladimir Putin believes all countries have been created equal by God, and that we Americans should therefore not view our nation as "exceptional."
Man doesn't get it. By nature, man tends to think that God is harsh and unkind. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Gospel message changes the hearts of men. It turns cold-blooded killers and haters into peace-loving ambassadors of hope.
You were born about 2000 years after Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again from the grave. Before you even entered this world, God had already created you in your mother's womb. And you were created by God for a purpose. You were created to be a Christian.
When it comes to Christianity, many people never get out of the starting gate. They get stuck at a place where they perceive Christianity and/or Christians as being "too weird" for their liking. It is such a common error that it isn't even surprising to see it when it happens. There has got to be a way around this roadblock, isn't there?
So you have an issue do you? Welcome to the human race. What's that? You say you have several issues? OK. Try this. Ask your Creator to overwhelm your issue. And then just watch what happens.
There are various theories floating around today about why "millennials" (ages 18-33) are "leaving the church." But do most of these theories hold water? Or is there a deeper reason why many young people of that generation are not living with a passion to see others come to know Christ and live for Him?
If you are going to make the monumental decision to reject the love of Jesus and His offer of salvation, then at least avoid the trap of doing so for the wrong reason. In other words, get your money's worth out of your decision.
A lot of professing Christians today engage in premarital sex. Many of them feel their behavior is not that big of a deal to God. Is there a way to know for sure?
You and I are not smarter than God. Far from it. So when Jesus, who is God, says that one day people will "stand outside knocking and pleading" to get into heaven, He expects to be taken seriously. (see Luke 13:22-30) Jesus goes on in that passage to describe hell when He states, "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth." (Luke 13:28) Please consider who it was that made this alarming statement, and then try to imagine what that scene will look like.
No one is required to be a skeptic of Christianity. It is a choice. Just like parenting is a choice. And one thing I find interesting is that Christian parents and non-Christian parents have many similar desires for their young children.
If you are a believer and you are already married to someone who is an unbeliever, God's Word tells you to stay married to your spouse (see 1 Cor. 7:12,13). If on the other hand, you are a single Christian who is considering getting married to an unbeliever, don't do it. God's Word says, "Do not be unequally yoked." (2 Cor. 6:14)
Many of us have faced challenges over the years with our weight. After years of failed attempts at weight loss, I was given a bit of a wake-up call last November during a routine physical. They checked my A1C which reveals your average blood glucose level over the previous 3 months. It should be at 6 or lower, and mine was at 10.2. This placed me in the diabetic range.
In a recent column about the magician Dynamo and his levitation in London, I wrote that "some magicians engage in illusion." Certainly Christian illusionists would fit into this category, or "Christian magicians" as some of these illusionists refer to themselves. They are attempting to do what other Christians attempt to do through puppets, or art, or drama, or rap music. They are attempting to entertain people through illusions and tricks as they also present the Gospel message of salvation.
It would be natural to ask the question, "Should I be afraid of God?" Well that all depends on what you mean by "fear," and who you mean by "God." If you are talking about the God of the Bible, then you are asking about the one true God. In that case, "Yes." There is a proper way to understand "the fear of the Lord." In fact, it is an essential quality of anyone who truly knows God.
Across the highway from our church is the county jail where I lead a weekly Bible study. As I was leaving yesterday, I noticed a red Corvette convertible parked near the courthouse with the license plate, "IDEFNDU." The attorney who drives it is probably very skilled in that line of work.
You cannot judge a book by its cover. And you cannot attain an accurate reading on Christianity by appearances alone.
The United Kingdom is abuzz now that Andy Murray has become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He defeated Novak Djokovic ("The Joker") on Sunday, after having lost in last year's final against Roger Federer. Andy is now on top of the tennis world, and on top of the U.K. even to the point of being mentioned for knighthood by the Prime minister.
I had never heard of the magician, Dynamo, until I read about how he floated alongside a double-decker bus in London recently. I watched the video. Personally, I think it was legit. I believe this was a paranormal event and an authentic example of levitation. But it's not like this sort of thing is completely unheard of today.
A perplexing predicament posed to Christians goes like this: "What about all those people in various lands who have never heard the Gospel message? Are you telling me they are lost and on the road to hell?"
Why is it that so many people do not see Jesus the way Christians see Him? Christ is clear to Christians, but fuzzy to unbelievers. They simply do not see Him as their Savior. But why?