Are you having troubles in your marriage? Consider this passage about how a husband should love his wife. "Love is kind" (1 Corinthians 13:4). I believe husbands hold the key to a flourishing marriage. If they would be proactive instead of merely reactive, leading spiritually, it would change everything, especially in a struggling marriage. Yes, the love a husband is to have for his wife is kind. This love shows itself practically: showing her tenderness, bringing her gifts, actually telling her you love her.
Jesus defied the world's expectations regarding a divine being. Many Jewish people of that day were looking for a powerful king to liberate them from the Romans—they were prepared to serve and worship that kind of messiah. Instead, the Savior was a humble man who didn't think twice about washing dirty feet. While Jesus Christ could have banished the Roman presence from the region and then been glorified as an earthly ruler, He was very clear about His reason for being here: He came to serve, not to be served (Matt. 20:28).
What happens to believers when they die? They go straight into the presence of God. The Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8). Paul understood this when he said he had "a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" (Philippians 1:23).
Allie, my youngest granddaughter, has a little rabbit called Fuzzie (named by her older sister, Rylie). Fuzzie lives in a fairly large cage. I know it seems unfair to put a rabbit in a cage, but it is a pretty nice cage as cages go. I actually think Fuzzie likes his cage.
As believers we have the sacred trust of the gospel message. Jesus has given us our command to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Everyone is called to do that. Everyone should get the gospel out.
Have you ever bought a used car? One thing you have to beware of is a car that has been in collisions and has a lot of "Bondo" on it. Bondo is a resin product that is used in the place of proper body work or to cover up some kind of problem with the body of the car. Sometimes I wonder if we have some "Bondo believers" out there. By that, I mean people who appear to be one thing but really are another.
Our money is a direct reflection of the priorities of our lives. We like to disconnect the two, but really they are very connected. Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be" (Luke 12:34). We will invest in our passions. If you want to find out what a person's interests are, then take a tour of their checkbook or expense account and see where they are spending their money.
There are people who say that God is very harsh, that He is very hard to follow. But the problem is they have a faulty view of God.
From the beginning of time, mankind has searched for peace. He has joined peace movements. He has marched for peace. He has awarded prizes for peace. He has even gone to war for peace. And when you hear of someone being arrested for disturbing the peace, you wonder where they found any to disturb.
What does it mean when we say that God is sovereign? It means that God is ultimately in control. Nothing happens without His permission.
The Christian life is the greatest life there is. God takes a life that was empty and aimless and, worst of all, headed to a certain judgment, and he turns it around and transforms it. That is more than enough right there. But in addition, he removes the guilt that haunted us, fills the emptiness inside of us and literally takes residence in our heart. This all comes as a result of the gospel believed and followed.
Just think of the power of God's words. In the beginning, God spoke our world and the universe into existence. When He said, "Let there be light," there was light. When Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee and a violent storm erupted, He said, "Peace, be still!" and it stopped. When Peter tried to defend Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told him, "Put your sword in its place. . . . Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?"
Some people really get into Bible prophecy, attending every Bible prophecy conference and reading every Bible prophecy book. But if it isn't changing the way they live, then they are missing the point. Prophecy wasn't given to inflate our brains; it was given to enlarge our hearts. It was given to draw us closer to God. And the bottom line is that judgment is coming.
If you have been involved in a building project, then you know your project must pass a final inspection. Sometimes you pass. And sometimes you don't pass and have to fix whatever it was that fell short of the inspector's requirements.
Have you been hit with an unexpected crisis? Are you wondering what to do?
Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day. It is not the day for the groom to wear his comfortable T-shirt with holes in it. Nor will a bride stop by Taco Bell on the way to the ceremony and wolf down a burrito in her beautiful, immaculate wedding gown.
The Bible refers to the second coming of Christ many times, from Genesis to Revelation. It is mentioned 1,800 times in the Old Testament and another 300 times in the New Testament. Statistically, one in every 25 Bible verses refers to the Second Coming. For every prophecy in the Bible about the first coming of Jesus, there are eight prophecies about the second coming of Jesus. One message is clear in Scripture: Christ will come back again to this earth.
On more than one occasion in Scripture, the church is compared to a bride—and Jesus is the Groom. One day, there will be a heavenly wedding, and the church will be presented to Him.
Are you facing a "storm of life" right now? By that I mean, are you facing some kind of crisis or unexpected tragedy? Are you losing hope?
The world needs evangelism, but the church needs revival. God wants to revive the church, to restore it to its original condition. In the book of Acts, we see what that original condition was. The early church was the church that changed the world, the church that turned the world upside down.
It is important to remember that heaven is a real place. Many times we think of heaven as some sort of translucent, spacey, endless church service. Some may think, I am not sure . . . . I don't know if I am going to like heaven and just sitting around on a cloud, strumming a harp, singing forever. I kind of like earth. But that is a misunderstanding about heaven.
When you are younger, you think certain things are always good, while other things are always bad. For example, success is always good, and hardship is always bad. But when you have lived life for a while, you can look back and realize that success actually can be bad for some. And hardship actually can be good for others. You begin to see things differently. And sometimes the things you thought were really good things turned out to be bad things. And the things that you thought were bad things turned out to be good things.
God takes it personally when His people come under attack, just as you would take it personally if someone were to attack your child or your grandchild.
In 1869, French chemist Pierre Berthelot wrote, "Within a hundred years of physical and chemical science, men will know what the atom is. It is my belief that when science reaches this stage, God will come down to earth with His big ring of keys and say to humanity, 'Gentlemen, it is closing time.' "
Some people always have to get the most attention, always have to be the star, always have to be better than everyone else.