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.
What will be the next step in the evolution of the gender revolution? Well, try to imagine a day when parents wait until their child goes to kindergarten before assigning their gender identity.
Have you ever worried that your faith was not strong enough? If so, what was the object of your faith in those anxious moments? Your faith, or God's love?
All of us feel the pressure that time places upon our lives. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "How did it get so late so soon? It's night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
Valentine's Day has long been a popular romantic holiday when couples share tangible expressions of love with one another. But what about those who are not currently in a loving relationship?
If you have ever wondered what "eternity" is like, guess what? You are already in it!
Given man's propensity to produce inventive stories while fabricating alternative "facts," it was only a matter of time before the 24-hour news cycle became inundated with "fake news." Sadly, we now live in a day where many choose to "tweet first, check the facts later."