Will we live forever? The answer is "yes" and "no." Will our bodies live forever? No. Will our bodies cease to exist at one point? Absolutely. But the soul is immortal. Each one of us has a soul. It is the soul that gives each of us uniqueness and personality. . .and that part of us that will live forever.
There was a period in church history that extended from A.D. 100 to A.D. 314, during which thousands and thousands of courageous Christian men and women sealed their fate with their blood. Secular historians are in agreement that there were 10 great persecutions—10 major attempts to wipe Christianity off the face of the earth.
Let me make a controversial statement: In some ways, America needs Israel more than Israel needs America. Years ago, God made a promise to the patriarch Abraham and to his descendants, the Jewish people.29 comments
The Bible doesn't give us a lot of details about the next life, the afterlife. We have little bits here and there. But one of the few people in Scripture who wrote about heaven was the apostle Paul, who died and went to heaven.
Thanksgiving is finally upon us. And that means Christmas is closely following. Often we put so much of our focus on Christmas, we miss this important American Holiday.1 comments
I have noticed that many times, the previews for a film are better than the film itself. All of the best bits are in the preview. But people don't go to the movie theater to see a preview; they go to see the movie.
One day, perhaps sooner than we expect, we will enter into eternity. So how will the value of our days be measured?
Billy Graham said, "The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is crucial; every generation is strategic. But we are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one. However, we have our generation! God will hold us responsible. . . ."
I can think of so many times when I should have kept silent, but I just had to speak. On more than one occasion I have said something, and the moment it left my lips, I thought, Why did I just say that?
Jesus' words to the disciples in Matthew 28:19–20 are often called The Great Commission. And in the original language, these words are a command—not a suggestion.
Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, also was the man who created dynamite. When he came up with this new, explosive kind of technology, he needed a name. So he spoke with a friend who knew the Greek language well and asked him what the Greek word for "explosion" was. That word was dunamis, and so Nobel named his invention "dynamite."
After our son Christopher went to be with the Lord, I found myself having a greater interest in two topics. The first is the topic of heaven. I have always been interested in heaven, of course. I have preached on it a lot. But I have never studied heaven like I do now. I want to know everything I can about it.1 comments
It is possible to hear God's Word with our ears, but not with our hearts. Jesus knew that we can often hear without understanding. That is why He would so often say, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" If we were to paraphrase that in our modern language, Jesus would be saying, "Pay attention to what I'm saying. Listen carefully to what I am telling you right now."
Are you standing up for the Word of God? Do people know where you stand as a follower of Jesus Christ? Do you express your opinion openly?4 comments
Nowadays people will say things like, "I am not into organized religion; I am into spirituality." Translation: "I make it up as I go. I take of a little of this and a little of that. Whatever suits me and my lifestyle, that is my faith."