God says the problem is his people. Notice that Jesus didn't say the problem was with the Roman authorities.
There is no escaping the realities of life . . . and death, even in a place as beautiful as Hawaii. One day, it will not be a false alarm. Be ready for whatever emergency comes your way. There is no more important thing.
We've romanticized Christmas or even homogenized it, taking the real edge off the story that God Almighty came down from heaven to be born on the floor of a stable. To think that God did all this for us is more powerful than any romanticized version of Christmas.
We talk about the afterlife, but perhaps we ought to call the life we are living right now "the before-life." This life, compared to the afterlife, is very short. What we do with Jesus determines where we will spend this afterlife.
The life of Christ on earth was not a rags-to-riches story. In fact, it was a riches-to-rags story. Jesus went from being a sovereign to being a servant, from the glory of Heaven to a stable for animals.
God takes someone who is flawed and dusty. Consider the 12 men whom Jesus chose to be his disciples. Their greatness came as a result of God's hand on their lives. Jesus took one guy who hated Rome and another guy who worked for Rome, threw in a few fishermen for good measure.
All is good. it doesn't mean that every little thing that is happens is good, because bad things happen.
What is going on in our world right now? ... Why is God allowing all of this to happen? Is He trying to get our attention?
The end of the line comes to every man and every woman. It comes for rock superstars and people we've never heard of. It comes to the rich and the poor. It comes to the good and the bad. It will come to you, and it will come to me. There is no escaping it.
A Barna Poll asked, "If you could ask God one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask?" The most common response was, "Why is there pain and suffering in the world?"
We all have giants that we face in life, things that may seem like insurmountable problems. Giants defeat us again and again because we face them in our own strength — and we lose.
At the time, Steve McQueen was the number-one movie star in the world, and he is still used as a point of reference for masculinity and "coolness" to this day. He was (and is) the definition of an American icon. Yet, until late in his life he struggled to find meaning in life, and he suffered because of it.
World changers obey God. There are certain things God tells us not to do, and the reason he says that is to protect us. If God says not to do something, that is because it's a bad thing. If God says to do something, that is because it's a good thing.
God is pursuing you. Maybe you think he is out to ruin all your fun, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible tells us that God is good.
Not all that long ago, if you needed an answer to something, you had to talk to a human being. All we have to do today is go to a search engine and ask a question, or we can ask Siri. The problem, however, is that any random person can give you any random answer.
When we can't always make ends meet, or we're sick, or we're having challenges, we are dependent on God. But when things are going well, when we have a little extra money in the bank and our health is good, that is when temptation will hit.
As a child of the 60s, it's heartbreaking that in 2017 we are still dealing with the same issues of race and prejudice that have plagued our nation for so long.
In a way, persecution will separate the genuine from the fake. If you are a true follower of Jesus, you won't back down if a little persecution comes your way. And if God allows it in your life, he will give you the strength to face it.
So, they say, we are to combat this jihadism with "western values." But, what exactly are those values? Most of us would probably agree that these values include liberty, justice, freedom. Yet, where do these values actually come from?
The church of the first century made its impact on the world through prayer and through preaching. It was said of the early church that they turned the world upside down. And that, by the way, was offered as a criticism, not as a compliment (see Acts 17:6).
For every person there will come a last meal, a last breath, and of course a last statement. In many ways, what we say in the end can be an insight into what we were in life, what we stood for, lived for.
I recently read that a group of witches are seeking to "cast a spell" on President Trump under each crescent moon until he is no longer in office. Many would dismiss this "hocus pocus" with a laugh but it brings up a very real issue.
I watched the Oscars last night. I was rooting for Hacksaw Ridge to win for Picture, Director, and Actor of the Year, but I knew it was a long shot.
In the New Testament book of Revelation, Jesus had specific words for a church that was engaged in compromise. This church was located in the city of Pergamum, the capital of Asia.
A person can argue all day with you about certain facts. But they can't argue with your personal story of how you came to faith.