Dan Delzell

Special to CP

'Like a Good Neighbor' Jesus Is There

You have probably seen the State Farm commercials. People who find themselves in a precarious situation simply speak a magic mantra to summon their insurance genie: "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." And poof, an agent is instantly teleported to their exact location. The commercial concludes, "State Farm agents are there whenever you need them."

'Like a Good Neighbor' Jesus Is There

You have probably seen the State Farm commercials. People who find themselves in a precarious situation simply speak a magic mantra to summon their insurance genie: "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." And poof, an agent is instantly teleported to their exact location. The commercial concludes, "State Farm agents are there whenever you need them."

Predestination and God's Desire to Save Everyone

How in the world are Christians supposed to reconcile these two seemingly incompatible doctrines, both of which are clearly taught in Scripture: (1) God predestined people to believe in Jesus. (2) Christ died for everyone and God wants everyone to be saved.

Bill O'Reilly Discusses 'Accepting Jesus as Savior'

Bill O'Reilly is to be commended for his noble efforts to help protect the rights of Christians in our country. Bill's popular television program on the Fox News Channel often exposes the way "secular progressives" seek to diminish the influence of Christianity in America. Having said that, I doubt if Bill realizes the fundamental error he promulgated on his program last week.

Did God Cause Adam and Eve's Sin?

Apart from Scripture, there is no reason to believe Adam and Eve actually existed. Thankfully, God chose to tell us about the first man and woman He created. And He didn't stop there. God supernaturally delivered a record of human history in His "love letter" to His children. The Bible reveals many things to us we would never have known about God and His dealings with man.

How Scripture Transcends the 'Gay Gene' Hypothesis

The Bible does not pick on certain sinners, while giving everyone else a pass. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) While the world attempts to figure out what causes bisexuality and homosexuality, Scripture explains where such desires originate. There will never be agreement on this issue between those who believe Scripture is the highest authority, and those who believe that man's educated guesses are the highest authority.

The Clothing You Need to Enter Heaven

Ever since the first two people walked on earth, man has sought to clothe his body. In the case of Adam and Eve, it was only after they sinned that they felt this need for clothing. "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." (Genesis 3:7) Prior to their sin, Adam and Eve felt no shame over their physical nakedness.

Descriptive Terms in Scripture Carry Theological Weight

Herbert Spencer said, "How often misused words generate misleading thoughts." This is especially true when attempting to explain what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The terms which Scripture uses to describe believers say a lot about our new identity, our new life, and our new priorities.

The Source and the Solution for Guilt

Feeling guilty at times is part of life. Unless of course your conscience is seared. The feelings of guilt are a natural byproduct of bad behavior. After all, that's the way God made us.

An American Credo: 'I Know My Truth'

In the movie, "Couples Retreat," four couples who are all friends travel to a tropical island resort in order to strengthen their marriages. During a therapy session with his wife, Dave (Vince Vaughn) gets a little defensive and tells their personal counselor, "I know my truth." Interesting, those four words pretty well sum up the dominant mindset in America over the past 50 years.

What Would Jesus Say About Your Spirituality?

Perhaps you are someone who says, "I am spiritual, but not religious." OK. What else? What are the core doctrines and principles of your spirituality? And most importantly, what would Jesus say about your spirituality?

7 Satanic Strategies to Distract From Christianity

Pretend for a moment that you believe both God and Satan are real beings. And that God is omnipresent, while Satan is a fallen angel who can only be in one place at one time. God of course being the Creator, and Satan being the created being.

When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers in an attempt to get them to "do more." Such badgering is not helpful, and can actually rob those weak in faith of the assurance of salvation. I suspect you have heard this passage used in such a way. But have you stopped to really think about not only what Jesus said, but what the hearers said to Christ? Or better yet, what they didn't say.

Why Striving for Salvation Won't Save You

Millions of people strive for salvation, while finding no rest in their unending efforts. At the same time, millions of others rest in their salvation, while then earnestly living for the one who died and rose to save them. So what's the difference?

When God Meets Man on Mount Moriah

God has never owed man a meeting. Yet throughout history, God has chosen various times and places for such encounters. And the places God chooses to meet man reveal a lot about God's nature and His purposes.

40 Questions to Determine the True Religion

Jesus Christ tended to ask plenty of questions during His time on earth. That's because questions help a person sort out fact from fiction. So why not try these questions on for size as you seek to identify the true religion amidst the various belief systems of the world.

One Way Brian Williams Can Still Win

With his career in tatters due to self-inflicted wounds, it seems unlikely that NBC's Brian Williams will bounce back. But while that may be true in terms of his broadcasting career, it's not the whole story.

Newsboys Co-Founder Can Get Back to Jesus

Like many Christians, my family has been blessed over the past 20 years by the music of the Newsboys. Surprisingly, the co-founder of the group renounced Christianity in 2007. And so it is worthwhile to consider a way back home for this disenchanted band member.

Your 'Aha' Moment With God Is Essential

No one knows God simply by virtue of being alive. It takes an "aha" moment so to speak. It requires divine revelation, which brings about an understanding of grace and salvation. This is how a person is welcomed into the family of God.

Joshua's Battles Point to Victory Over Sin

You probably know that "Joshua fought the battle of Jericho." These words from the popular children's song describe a remarkable event when "the walls came tumbling down." But did you know that Joshua's battles point to the victory which every Christian can experience over sin? We glean spiritual insights as we consider the land which God's people came to possess after Jericho.

Was It Necessary for Jesus to Die?

Was the sacrificial system of the Old Testament merely a misguided attempt to appease man's Creator? And when Jesus arrived on the scene, did His Father have any interest in His Son becoming a "sacrifice" for sins? Or was that concept simply an outdated approach which had no real bearing upon God's love and His acceptance of man?