It is amazing how easily we as human beings can lose our objectivity. We become lost in our own little world. It is like looking in a mirror which reflects an inaccurate image of reality. What we see in the mirror is not a true reflection of our condition before God. It is almost like someone has cast a spell over us. We need to look in a different mirror in order to break the spell. We need a mirror that will help us to see ourselves correctly and in a new light.
I had an interesting e-mail exchange with an agnostic this week. He wrote: "If there were good evidence to corroborate the Bible, would you need faith? Correct me if I am mistaken, but faith lies at the core of the Christian worldview, not reliance on evidence."
What an incredible opportunity we as evangelical Christians have been given at this very time in the history of our nation! The Lord has allowed the Mormon religion to come under the national spotlight. This allows us to spend a few weeks or a few months helping people, including Mormons, to understand the true nature of the religion of Joseph Smith as compared to the true nature of the Gospel. It is a rare opportunity that must not be missed!
The majority of people in the world believe there is a God. Many of them don’t yet know Him personally through faith in Jesus, but they nevertheless accept the fact that He exists. Atheists, on the other hand, act like their subjective opinion on the matter carries the weight of a Papal Edict. They believe their enlightened wisdom is infallible. In that sense, atheists collectively represent “the papacy" for unbelievers. In their estimation, they are at the highest level among non-Christians.
Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine being a religious liberal. You view the Bible primarily as a fable. You check the "Christian" box when asked your religion, but you don't associate with anyone who takes the Bible literally. You hope your followers vote against the Republican candidate. And then here comes Mitt Romney as the one chosen to oppose the "chosen one."
Living in the Omaha community, I was intrigued by a comment which Christopher Hitchens made when accepting a "freethinker" award last weekend in Texas. In explaining his many travels he said, "I lack only the Dakotas and Nebraska, though I may not get there unless someone comes up with some ethanol-based cancer treatment in Omaha."
Most Americans, including many evangelical Christians, will not hold Mitt Romney's religion against him when they cast their vote for President next year. Americans as a whole want a competent individual in the White House whether that person believes in historic Christianity or not. For various reasons, Mitt Romney's religious views have taken a rather prominent stage recently in a similar way to what happened to Barack Obama four years ago.
Man in his creativity produced the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. God in His creativity produced the "iSoul." "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7) God created man with an immortal soul, or what I am calling an "iSoul" for the purpose of this article. As C.S. Lewis said, "You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."
If you have ever watched his show, you know that Bill O'Reilly ends his program with a "Word of the Day" in order to teach his viewers new vocabulary. With that in mind, I decided to use "excogitating" in the title of this article. It means to "think about seriously in order to comprehend fully." Bill really is a "stand-up guy" and is often thinking seriously about current issues and events.
The sad death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs is yet another example of an apple falling far from the tree. It never feels natural for us to say "goodbye" to a loved one who has died. God didn't create us to die. He created us to live forever. Doesn't "forever" feel right to you and like the way it should be? That's because God has "set eternity in the hearts of men." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
It was more than just an advertising slogan created for Apple Computer in 1997. It was the way Steve Jobs lived his entire life, including the way he approached technology. "Think Different" was at the foundation of everything Steve touched. It also happens to be a phrase that describes what Jesus taught people to do while He was on earth.
Labels don’t really matter, do they? In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Pat Robertson said that Mitt Romney is an outstanding “Christian.” Never mind the fact that Mitt is a Mormon. Pat might want to consider “The Buddhist Broadcasting Network” as a new name for his corporation. After all, Buddhists are trying to be spiritual people too.
After spending four years behind bars, Amanda Knox’s murder conviction has been overturned by an Italian appeals court. In a way, every courtroom verdict announced in the world today is a reminder of the ultimate verdict that each person will receive in God's courtroom on Judgment Day. The courtrooms seen today with our eyes point to the one out in the future seen by faith.
It all began for you as a believer when you trusted Christ and He entered the door of your heart. At that moment, Jesus took up residence in the home of your soul. He enjoys being with you in every room of your soul except one. He will never spend time with you in the basement.
Now that Rob Bell has decided to leave Mars Hill to pursue other ventures in Los Angeles and probably to infinity and beyond, some are wondering which direction fellow Mars Hill teaching pastor Shane Hipps will go if the baton is handed to him. Will he keep things moving down the same emergent path that Rob paved for the church?
“You can use my body for your sexual gratification if you let me do the same thing with your body.” When that is done between friends today, it has come to be known as “friends with benefits.” No emotional connection. No commitment to one another. Just sex.
As the Southern Baptist Convention prepares to discuss a possible name change, there are many factors to be considered. There will be some excellent reasons given showing why a name change makes good sense. There will be equally excellent reasons presented showing why a name change is not a smart move. This calls for the wisdom of Solomon.
The match between Djokovic and Federer in New York was quite a spectacle, but it was nothing compared to Christ’s victory over sin and death and Satan.
The life of a Jesus follower is very similar to a successful marriage. It begins with the joining together of two who desire to live together forever. It continues to persevere through both the easy times and the rough times. It is a relationship based on love, trust, commitment and friendship. It is far more than a one-time decision. That will only get a man and woman through the honeymoon or a "new Christian" through a few Sunday services. When the rubber hits the road and the challenges come into the relationship, it will either grow stronger and last or grow weaker and break up.
Parents use it constantly. So do teachers, as well as police officers. The threat of punishment is used everyday all over the world to try to deter people from taking the wrong course of action. It is no wonder almost everyone uses it.
This weekend marks 10 years since the historic events of 9/11. The courage of the first responders and the bravery of the heroes on Flight 93 are the epitome of what it means to be willing to lay down your life for others. Those amazing stories of sacrifice are still not enough to make sense out of that terrible attack or the consequences of it.
Pastor Tim Stevens from Indiana told The Christian Post that he is bothered by words in the Bible like “saved” and “born again.” He thinks these words get in the way of us reaching unbelievers in our world today.
There is a tradition among some African-American congregations for a speaker to seek affirmations when sharing a personal testimony or spiritual insight. As a way of inviting others to clap or shout “Amen,” the speaker will ask the question, “Can I get a witness?”
Did Jesus really die on the cross for everyone? Can ANYONE come to Christ for redemption through His blood and receive His free gift of eternal life?
Rather than flirting around the issue of who might or might not go to heaven or hell, just come out guys and tell people how they can be born-again