God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy.
If God were to invite you to enter heaven today, would you take Him up on it? Imagine God telling you: "This is a one-time offer. And if you accept it today, you will never go back to earth. But you will be guaranteed eternal life in paradise."
You and I cannot save our souls, and we also cannot make ourselves holy. Jesus does it all. When you receive Christ as your Savior, you are instantly justified. And then the Lord begins to produce His holiness in you and through you. The credit goes to Jesus. The glory goes to Jesus. And the believer eventually goes to heaven.
Have you ever honestly considered the whole "born again" thing? Jesus said it is the only way to enter the kingdom of God. (see John 3:3) So what is the kingdom of God? And why would anyone want to be "born again" in the first place?
If you have been given a particular calling and ministry from the Lord, I hope it burns within your soul and provides you with much passion for service everyday. That tends to be the way it plays out for a Spirit-led and Spirit-filled believer who is called and gifted to serve in God's kingdom. But there are plenty of obstacles along the way, as I am sure you have probably already discovered.
A healthy church is kind of like a healthy family. It just oozes with encouragement and mutual care. And when you experience it, you reap the benefits deep within your soul. With that in mind, here are 7 benefits of attending a healthy church:
One of the mysteries of biblical prayer is that the Lord is honored and pleased when His children persist in prayer and don't give up. And if you stop and think about it from heaven's perspective, it makes a lot of sense.
Few people in our lifetime have made others laugh as much as Robin Williams. And few people have a face as mesmerizing as his face. In a curious way, Robin's face was as complex as his lightning-speed mind and his rapid-fire sense of humor.
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: