Have you ever noticed the difference in the New Testament between "peace with God," and the "peace of God"? One is like stone, and the other is like the ocean. One deals with justification, while the other deals with sanctification.
Jesus knew just how to address the needs of everyone, from the rebel on the run, to the person dripping with self-righteousness. And whenever the Lord told a parable, it spoke to a variety of situations and a wide spectrum of people. Jesus wanted everyone to know how much we all have to learn about the kingdom of God.
Imagine a robot gaining self-awareness and actually grasping the fact that it was created by someone. Only in the movies, right? Actually, yes. It's pure fiction. Robots will never have such awareness because robots do not have a soul. You can program a robot to say, "I know I was created," but you cannot actually create self-awareness for a robot. Such a feat is impossible.
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1) Most people recognize this text of Scripture. Christianity, however, isn't the only worldview which requires faith.
Americans love their celebrities. It's ingrained in us it seems from very early on. Actors, athletes, and musicians are continually lifted up to an almost godlike status in our culture. This is especially true for those celebrities who are at the pinnacle of their profession.
Man is on a quest, and it goes far beyond the fictional fantasy of "Star Wars." I am talking about something real and eternal. And everybody wants it.
You may think that not correctly labelling the San Bernardino massacre as "Islamic terrorism" is simply wrong-headed in the name of political correctness. Something far worse is going on here. A fog has set in, and we live in a day of spiritual psychosis.
It's almost Christmas and millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate what took place in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Unfortunately, Brad Pitt isn't one of them.
The season of Advent promotes spiritual preparation and a holy focus upon things that have eternal relevance. At the other end of the spectrum, Mardi Gras promotes living for the moment by diving into any carnal desires which seem appealing. Two different ways to approach life, and two different ways to die.
Why did the editors of The New York Daily News develop a sudden interest pointing blame at God? After the massacre in San Bernardino, their front page loudly and unashamedly proclaimed: "God Isn't Fixing This."
Parents in every religion raise children to accept their particular beliefs. And parents in every religion sincerely believe their family is on the right path. But since religions contradict each other, and no religion except Christianity presents Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, your religious upbringing doesn't make your religion true, or false.
Donald Trump knows a thing or two about hard work. In fact, it's difficult to imagine anyone having a stronger work ethic. And Trump's run for the White House is giving us an inside look into how much energy he put into building his business empire.
There are no atheists in foxholes, and there are no atheists in hell.
You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude.
One of the worst things a person can do is harden their heart toward God. The consequences of such obstinancy are devastating.
Christianity was launched and set ablaze by the fire of Pentecost, and then sustained by the ever-present power of the Holy Spirit.
"I cannot believe in a God who allows so much suffering in the world." This common objection is very real in the hearts and minds of certain unbelievers. And they honestly cannot seem to get past this stumbling block.
If a gunman was demanding people to state their religion, and then killing those who professed faith in Christ, would you admit you are a Christian? That is how Chris Harper Mercer chose his victims during his shooting rampage in Oregon. Those who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior were shot in the head.
Are you someone who tends to see the glass half full, or half empty? And if you had the chance to get your hands on a glass of water used by the pope, would you take it? One Democratic congressman from Philadelphia simply couldn't resist.
A "circular argument" uses its own conclusion as one of its stated or unstated premises
It seems atheists would much rather believe that something came from nothing, than to believe that Someone has always existed. Of course both beliefs are a matter of faith.
Among the various things which prevent Christians from being filled with the Holy Spirit, viewing porn is near the top of the list. This beast has tentacles reaching into virtually every home in America, which makes this vice always just a click away.
An evolutionary worldview cannot logically fault a dentist from Minnesota for killing a well-known lion, anymore than it can fault a lion for killing one of its own. Evolution provides no logical basis for morality.
The most important decision a person will ever make is whether or not to follow Jesus Christ.
Christians live in two kingdoms. Our eternal home is in heaven, and our King is Jesus. At the same time, we still live in this world and we want our nation to flourish in freedom, compassion, and justice for the oppressed.