When "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage gets released in theaters in a couple months, it will create quite a buzz about "the rapture." And it will be a terrific opportunity for people to discuss an event that is most certainly coming to a planet near you.
A double-minded believer is someone who is constantly living in a state of compromise. Half of you lives for God, while the other half lives for your bad habit. Hence, you are "double-minded." As you consider whether or not that experience describes your current situation, here are 7 characteristics of a double-minded believer:
It is often rather enlightening to compare and contrast Christianity with other noble pursuits going on in the world today. One such pursuit is "The Giving Pledge." Initiated by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, this pledge consists of "a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy."
When it comes to the internal struggles of man, "the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9) No wonder man resists the Lordship of Christ in his life. And here are 7 ways he does it:
True prayer is intended to change us. Just think about it from heaven's perspective for a second. God could obviously choose to always give us exactly what we request, but the Lord is after something deeper. And what might that be you ask? God wants us to trust Him entirely.
In case you haven't noticed, it is not only the southern border of our nation that is being brazenly violated on a daily basis. Now even the borders between our states in America are being shamelessly breached. And amazingly, this unbelievable transgression is being paid for with your tax dollars as it gets facilitated by employees of our federal government.
What about you? Are you living each day as though Jesus died yesterday, arose today, and is coming back tomorrow? Or are you preoccupied with sinful habits which have stripped you of any love for God, as well as your love for your family?
If you have any doubts about the supremacy and divine inspiration of the Bible, there is no reason to continue entertaining those doubts and reservations. But there are plenty of solid reasons to take God at His Word.
Most Americans are deeply appreciative that our nation has welcomed millions of immigrants throughout our history. But is it possible to sustain a practice whereby social services are freely provided to anyone who can sneak across the border? Does such a practice ever reach a tipping point where it becomes self-defeating and detrimental to everyone in the nation?
There is something about the name of "Jesus" that causes a lot of people to become embarrassed. If the reaction wasn't so widespread and so noticeable, you could perhaps just write it off as a fluke. But given the constant reality of this phenomenon, one is led to wonder, "What's up with all this embarrassment over Jesus?"
Have you been having a hard time lately getting through to God? If so, it's not because He has gone anywhere. He is right where He has always been. But things can come between us and God, especially when those issues go unresolved.
During that down time, someone tweeted: "Hold me Twitter. Hold me close. Please get me through this." Hmm. Humorous yes, but also revealing. That person was experiencing a temporary void. And one that people seem determined these days to constantly keep filled with some form of social media.
There is no question that the words we speak matter. They matter a lot. But do they have the power to create miracles?
Some Christians seem to be able to trust God no matter what happens. Perhaps you feel like, "I could never have that kind of faith." Are you sure about that? Don't be too quick to sell yourself short on matters of faith. Here are 7 reasons why:
There is not a single athlete, no matter how talented, who is a god. Every athlete is fallible, and that includes Rafael Nadal.
Two Christians who each have a large platform in America today are columnist Kirsten Powers and Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC. Both of them are reaching thousands of people with their ideas and their convictions. And both of them seem to be filled with tremendous compassion and a deep measure of Christ's love.
If you think you already know all there is to know about temptation, think again. Here are 7 things you should know about this daily visitor who comes knocking on the door of our heart:
Much of what takes place in the realm of religion is actually dangerous to your soul. It leaves you worse off after engaging in it. Check out these 7 ways religion can mess you up:
As you attempt to wrap your mind around the Christian message, it is important to come to terms with the Father's love for the Son. If the death of Jesus doesn't provide the only way into God's family as taught in Scripture, then the Bible contradicts itself and the Father's love for the Son is seriously called into question. After all, what father truly loves his son if he sends him to die for no good reason?
Why did the Holy Spirit include rules for holy living in the New Testament? After all, the Old Testament Law was firmly established. So were these rules really needed, especially after Jesus died for our sins? Yes indeed. Otherwise God would not have included them in the New Testament.
In Michelangelo's famous painting, "The Creation of Adam," the hand of God is almost touching the hand of Adam. When God came into the world in the Person of Jesus Christ, the hand of God "closed the gap" and lovingly took the hand of sinners in order to bring us into His family. But not everyone is interested in taking the hand of Jesus. Not by a long shot.
We all get angry at times. It's a part of life. So how can we cope with these inflamed emotions without doing something we will later regret? Here are 7 positive ways to deal with anger:
Helen Keller said, "In a word, literature is my Utopia." But did you realize some words can actually give a person eternal life? I am not talking about an imaginary place, but rather, a real paradise in a real place called "heaven." It's true. Perhaps hard for you to believe, but nevertheless true.
No matter what you currently think about God, He really does have a strong desire to bless you. And here are 7 ways He blesses His children everyday:
Christianity was not established by man "wishing it into existence." It began outside of man. And for that matter, it took more than God merely "wanting it to happen." God actually did some specific things in order to create Christianity as the one true faith.