Dan Delzell

Special to CP

Going Under the Knife of God's Word

"There is really no easy way to say this: We have to operate." While that hard truth is something a doctor says to a patient, it can also be applied to any person who is engaging in premeditated and deliberate sin. The only way to cut out the cancer of sin is through surgery. And only God can perform this task in a person's soul.

Does Your Religious Group Have the Gospel?

Jesus is life. Jesus gives real forgiveness. Other religions purport to please God, but without Jesus, no one can please the Father. When Christ came to this world, He did not bring "one more good option." He brought the only message that can save man's soul. The other religions make you try to earn it. And even then, none of them can actually deliver eternal salvation. Only Christ can do it, and He gives this free gift to those who believe.

What If God Gave You Holy Desires?

OK. So you don't want to serve God or even believe in Him given your current spiritual state. I don't blame you. I wouldn't either if I was in your shoes. In fact, I have never met a person who naturally wants to serve God. Man's "wiring" is too messed up for that sort of thing.

Rejecting God Because of Hell Is Illogical

"I could never believe in a God who sends people to hell." This common objection, while sincere, is nevertheless untrue and illogical. How can you say it is "untrue" Dan if someone really means it? This is how. Just walk through the reasoning with me if you will.

Liberal-Leaning Churches and the Apostles' Creed

Man has always wanted to "have his cake and eat it too." So it should come as no big surprise that some religious leaders today feel free to depreciate the authority of Scripture, while at the same time utilizing the historic Christian creeds as part of their ministry. But do they really believe it? That is, can they honestly say the creeds are absolutely true if they don't accept the literal nature of the Bible and Christianity?

New Year's Resolutions from a Theological Perspective

New Year's resolutions tend to be all about me convincing myself that "I can do it." Christianity, on the other hand, involves the mindset which believes, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13) That is a much different approach than the typical "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality. It is Christ in us that matters. That is where we receive the power, the peace, and the sustained spiritual momentum which is so critical for any worthwhile resolution to be accomplished.

How Your Kids Could Save Your Marriage

Marriage is intended to be a marathon rather than a sprint. That is the way God made it. God also gave a husband and wife the privilege to raise children within the context of their home. And while raising children has a ton of challenges, it also provides some built-in safeguards which can actually help to save your marriage when your relationship encounters huge hurdles.

The Virgin Birth and Your Personal Rebirth

If you will accept the virgin birth of Christ as factual, you will be a step closer to your own personal rebirth. If you decide to reject the virgin birth of Christ, you will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to trust Jesus as your Savior. The virgin birth of the Lord is not a "secondary doctrine." It is essential to knowing God and believing in Jesus as the Messiah.

God's Gift for You Under the Tree

So are you ready to celebrate Christmas this year with faith in the Prince of Peace? Or will this season only involve holiday cheer and maybe a little religious sentiment, but nothing too specific? Celebrating Christmas without getting specific is like trying to open one of your presents without knowing which gift you are supposed to open.

God Would Love You to Know Him

When you came into this world, you were born in God's neighborhood. You can only get into His family, however, by being born again into it. (see John 3:1-16) Your first birth was physical. The second birth is spiritual. Many people live and die without ever being born a second time. They live and die without ever knowing God.

Phil Robertson's Proof Passage and Judging Others

A separate issue is the way in which Phil described his theological beliefs when asked about "sin." Many of us would have framed it differently, and worded it differently. But the general message Phil seemed to want to get across is that the Bible does indeed present a path of righteousness which leads to heaven, and a path of deliberate sinfulness which prevents a person from "inheriting the kingdom of God."

Salvation Without Good Works Is an Oxymoron

When people talk about "good works" in the context of religion, we generally tend to assume that man does these works by his own ability and power. But that is an incorrect understanding of what the Bible means by "good" works. In the Christian life, every "good" work is done by the grace of God. Therefore, the credit goes to God. He produces many good things through His children.

How Does God Juggle So Many Prayers?

So you consider yourself to be a multitasker do you? Well try this on for size. God has millions of prayers coming before Him at any given moment. How in the world does He hear each one and answer them all? It is a mind-boggling concept.

Paul Walker's Tragic Car Crash in 3D

In Hollywood, good guys don't typically die at the end of the movie. In real life, good guys and bad guys all die at the end of their time on earth. Movie star Paul Walker certainly seemed to be one of the good guys.

The Sin of Unbelief Robs You Blind

I suppose we have all been in situations where we didn't even know what we didn't know. In other words, we were blind to our need for a change even though others around us may have recognized our plight.

Christians Are Skeptics of a Different Kind

If you are under the impression that a person cannot be both a Christian and a skeptic, you need to rethink your position. The truth is that most Christians are skeptics, albeit of a different kind than people typically associate with that word.

Heaven Is 1000 Times Better Than Expected

The number 1000 is a number of "completion" and "perfection" in the Bible. And what could be more perfect than paradise, right? You literally cannot imagine how utterly incredible heaven will be for all who go there. It is impossible to comprehend without being there. Simply impossible.

Jews Who Accept Yeshua Are Completely Jewish

The One true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. "I am the Lord, and there is no other, apart from me there is no God." (Isaiah 45:5) In other words, the "Jewish God" is the only God that exists. All the other "gods" among the various religions do not actually rule the universe. In fact, they exist only in the minds of those who seek to obey them and earn their favor.

Are You Two-Dimensional or Three-Dimensional?

Some people are in essence only two-dimensional beings, while others experience life in all three of their God-given dimensions. If you have not yet entered into that third dimension, you don't know what you are missing, literally.

Do Sermons About Tithing Produce Cheerful Giving?

"God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Cor. 9:7) So why then does the topic of giving often leave many hearers with such little joy? You would think it would be just the opposite after everything Christ has done to redeem us. Does the problem lie primarily in the hearts of the hearers, or are there things pastors say today on this topic that block the joy of the Lord from reaching most of the people? Maybe it's a little of both.

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Webcast Refreshes the Soul

Living water will flow out of your computer and straight into your soul. I really don't know how else to describe the fact that the worship services at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York are now available via webcast on their church website. You really should check it out.