The brutal crucifixion of Christ lasted for six grueling hours, and the intense pain Jesus endured is beyond our comprehension. So why did the Father allow His Son to be killed by crucifixion, rather than the way John the Baptist was executed?
Many people assume that "faith" is incapable of bringing about "certainty." After all, faith is believing in something you don't necessarily see, right?
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. And with that simple act on October 31, 1517, the Protestant Reformation was off and running.
All of us are capable of feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances and moods. We tend to get caught up in the moment and carried away by intense emotions, unless of course we experience power that is greater than those stressful issues that are weighing upon our heart and mind.
If you hope to gain an understanding of Jesus Christ and the purpose of the Savior's life, death, and resurrection, it will be necessary to approach the Lord in a spirit of humility.
Jerry Spinelli said, "Peer pressure is just that: pressure." And the age when most people feel the greatest pressure to "fit in" is during the middle school years. No wonder Jeff Kinney said, "I've never run into a person who yearns for their middle school days."
If your soul has been saved through faith in Christ, then it is incumbent upon you to "work out your salvation" by living everyday for the Lord. A person can only work out his salvation if he has actually received this free gift from God.
Some Christian parents have their babies baptized, while others have them dedicated. Some parents have their preteen children baptized upon their profession of faith in Christ, while other parents encourage their children to hold off on baptism until later in their teen years.
It is impossible to be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. So is God's Spirit in everyone?
How does Scripture address the vital connection between faith and works, and how can we help a person come to see the biblical relationship between the two, regardless of one's church affiliation?
The sinful nature stirs up pride, prejudice, anger, and hatred, whereas the Holy Spirit produces compassion, love, joy, and peace in the hearts of Christ followers. And anyone who hates others is certainly not a Christ follower.
In every family there are times when parents need to "lay down the law" as they deal with a child's act of defiance. At other times, parents bring comfort and assurance to a child who is repentant. It shouldn't surprise us to see in Scripture that God does a similar thing.
One word that is often used today when describing millennials is "authenticity." As Colby Jubenville put it, "To millennials, you don't have to be amazing. But you do have to be authentic."
What if you owned a diamond worth millions of dollars, but you thought it was just a worthless piece of glass? Would you do anything to protect it from being lost or stolen if you were unaware of its true value?
The question of human suffering has led many people to doubt God's love, especially when that suffering becomes personal. When you are the one in the middle of the storm and the pain, you find yourself being driven to the edge. Either your faith deepens to new levels, or you consider blaming God for allowing this pain into your life.
When Tammy and I got married over 26 years ago, we looked forward to raising children who love Jesus. By the grace of God, we have witnessed the work of the Holy Spirit leading our two daughters and two sons to love, trust, and follow Jesus
Hollywood has been known to make movies about aliens. Pretty far out stuff. But what if it really happened, not with a make-believe alien, but with a real angel?
I suspect that each one of us spends too little time contemplating the greatness of God.
"So then why hasn't Jesus granted my specific request for a miracle?" Good question, and it deserves a biblical answer.
What if you could outrun death? Would you try to do it? What got me thinking about this hypothetical concept was an article this week in the New York Times entitled, "An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life." Well, it's certainly an intriguing thought.
There can be no Easter without Good Friday. Death must precede resurrection.
Look at a map of the world and pick any country. Regardless of where you land, you will find that the culture there contains obstacles to meeting Christ.
It's that time of year again when Benjamin Franklin's famous quotation comes to mind: "In this world nothing is certain except death and taxes."
Since being introduced in 2012, the mobile app Snapchat has had quite a run. Millions of people have sent and received photos and messages that are short-lived and self-deleting.
When 17-year-old Jane Park became Britain's youngest lottery winner in 2013, she assumed it would fulfill her wildest dreams. In reality, hitting the jackpot turned her world into a living nightmare.