Atheists try not to think about the question: "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Atheism has no rational answer to this fundamental question, and even considering the question has the potential to chip away at the beliefs of an atheist.
In Psalm 36 David wrote, "An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin." (Ps. 36:1-2)
Science has a way of making a man feel confident. It gives him a sense of being in control of the universe. Man feels powerful as a result of the assurance he receives from scientific research.
Last year my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. And as Tammy and I enjoy the Lord's blessing upon our journey together, I also realize that the 7 years of persistent prayer before we met were just as crucial as the past 25 years of marriage.
Promises were made in order to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio. And promises were broken. But no one envisioned this much danger in the water.
"The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith." (Galatians 3:24) In other words, the perfect law of God is like a mirror to man's soul. And when you and I look in this mirror, we see how far we have fallen from God's perfect standard.
Theologians over the centuries have addressed the distinction between "premeditated sin" and "hasty sin." While both are deadly, the former is much more devastating to the soul and to a person's ability to have a relationship with God.
There are times in life when a Christian must decide between holding fast to the Gospel, or succumbing to the spirit of the age.
If the director of a homeless shelter had no requirements for entry, the whole enterprise would become dangerous and fall into disarray.
When 7000 people attended a recent event in Dallas, none of them expected to suffer burn injuries on their feet. And yet that is exactly what happened to dozens of folks. It occurred at the "Unleash Your Power Within" seminar put on by motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Few things in life generate as much fear as the fear of death. It is a universal condition, even though many people knowingly or unknowingly attempt to repress their fear of death.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews are taught that Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. And yet, as Stoyan Zaimov recently reported, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews are nevertheless turning to Jesus.
"Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." (Prov. 24:14)
Our life on earth often gets caught up in waves. Sometimes we ride along on waves of joy. At other times we experience waves of temptation. And still other times involve waves of doubt and confusion. But through it all, there is One we can turn to who is able to turn the tide.
Can you think of one miracle you have performed? Just one. Take your time. Think back over your entire life, and see if you can remember one occasion when you performed something supernatural.
"How can I know I am born again?" That was the excellent question a Mormon missionary asked me recently after a lengthy discussion about biblical theology. And it indicated that he was giving the "born again" message some significant consideration.
E.M. Forster said, "I am sure if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars." I suppose only mothers could pull off such a feat. After all, who has more sensitivity and understanding than a mother?
Natural man doesn't think scientific evidence is mere foolishness. And he doesn't consider medical facts or mathematical equations to be foolishness either.
The thesis of Bryan Ready's article, "What Richard Mouw Gets Right, and Dan Delzell Gets Wrong, About Mormonism," is an important theme to consider and discuss. It was posted a couple hours ago, and it's definitely worth exploring.
The book of Romans has been called "the cathedral of the Christian faith," and "the chief book of the New Testament." Martin Luther described Paul's epistle to the Romans as "a light and way" to all of Scripture. Luther said it "deserves not only to be known word for word by every Christian, but to be the subject of his meditation day by day, the daily bread of his soul."
Even if some Mormon leaders stop believing that God was once a man, they still would need to accept the fact that God exists eternally in the three Persons of the Trinity. And there is not a shred of evidence that the Mormon hierarchy is willing to repudiate the first article of their faith, and replace it with orthodox Christian Trinitarian doctrine.
Have you ever felt completely at a loss spiritually, only to be renewed and lifted up by a time of fellowship with the Lord? It is difficult for us to fully appreciate the discouragement the disciples felt after the crucifixion of Christ.
The apostle Paul had a remarkable handle on the relationship between faith and works. He fully understood "the obedience that comes from faith." (Romans 1:5) The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write letters clearly explaining justification and sanctification.
Tracy Smith is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. In a recent interview with Joel Osteen, Tracy made no attempt to be politically correct. Instead, she came right out and asked Joel about hell. That's right, the place of eternal punishment.
Political commentator and radio host Glenn Beck stated recently that "no real Christian" should support Donald Trump. He went on to define a "real Christian" as somebody who is "living their faith." Unfortunately, Beck's admonition produces more questions than answers.