Those who have faith in Christ should have it as their ambition to be pleasing to Him and to hear those words: "Well done thou good and faithful servant. However, it seems that many have trouble identifying a life that pleases God. It is ultimately by faith, diligently seeking Him.
Because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins on the cross, no sin is unforgivable. Those who truly put their trust in Him and rely upon his righteousness for their salvation, can be freed forever from past failures and sins, not because of what you have done but what Christ has done.
Though we see the beauty in the dying of leaves in the Fall beauty isn't seen easily in the death of a human being. But for the Christian, there is certain beauty in life and in death.
The Greek word koinonia, commonly translated as "fellowship," is not the modern understanding of having coffee and doughnuts before church or a dish to pass afterward but involves mutual love and sacrifice for one another because of our shared relationship and fellowship with God.
The evil that happens in this world was never intended in the original creation. It is a result of the fall of mankind into sin.
Some would say that God's grace toward us leads to a life of sin and license. However, one who is truly saved will be so grateful that God loved them enough to send his Son to die for them that they will love him as well and want to please the Lord in all that they do.
Legalism is a deadly sin because it seeks salvation or holiness through adherence to certain rules and regulations rather than relying on God to change you from the inside out. It is trying to become acceptable to God through law rather than realizing that you are accepted by grace through faith.
Our God is the God of the impossible and has used his people throughout the years to do the impossible through them in order to bring glory to himself. We need to trust that God is still in the business of doing great things through us. He uses weak people to fulfill his purposes in the world.
Of all the titles of our God one of the most endearing and beautiful word pictures given in Scirpture is that of a loving heavenly father. For those who are in his family through faith in Christ, he shows his love to us as only a parent can love his children. It is both constant and unfailing.
Those who live in North America are among the world's most wealthy people and should understand that we are blessed by God. And for those who are Christians we are also spiritually blessed as well. This undeserved favor of God should not be solely used for our pleasure but for our purpose.
History is important for it tells us who we are and where we are going. It also lets us learn the lessons of the past that we can benefit from them if we so choose. And if human history is important, God's salvation history is of inestimable importance for it has eternal value.
Those of us who claim to be Jesus' disciples need to reexamine what it really means to follow Christ. We may not ever be called upon to be martyred for our faith, but we have to realize that the Christian life is a total commitment to the one who gave himself fully for us
While many people, even Christians, try to equate the non-Christian idea of Karma with the biblical teaching regarding reaping and sowing it immediately becomes clear that they are not compatible in the least if compared side by side.
We must realize that we are in a battle for the control of one of our most precious assets- our minds. Satan wishes to thwart the plans and purposes of God by tempting us to sin and keeping us from becoming what God intends for us to be. Fortunately, with God we can have the victory!
Christ's Resurrection is the central event in human history and without it we would have no reason to celebrate. If Christ is dead then our hope of resurrection is dead as well and we are still in our sins. But God be praised, Jesus Christ is truly Alive!!
God loves children and has a special relationship with them. He expects Christian adults to nurture and protect them and pass on to each child a godly heritage. That includes not only our own offspring but all the children of this world. They belong to God and we are his stewards to care for them.
In a dangerous world, the Christian can trust that our God is a God of refuge and strength. Though, we may go through trials and tribulations God is there and is our hiding place in times of storm.
Time is one of the most valuable commodities that God has given to us. And even if we have wasted most of our hours so far on this earth, there is still time to do our purpose while we have breath.
We are called to live a life that reflects our Christian values, and not to blend in with those whom we are called to lead to the Lord. The world needs be drawn to Jesus Christ by the way we live.
There is a popular Christian saying that God won't give you more than you can handle. It sounds good. The trouble with it is that it isn't biblical. God often puts us in such situations for a reason.
Heaven is a real and magnificent place where we will live forever. It is a dwelling place where we will live with all of the beauty and excitement of this present earth without the sin.
There is a myth going around that goes by the acronym Y.O.L.O. This stands for "You only live once." We actually are eternal beings that need to live in light of eternity.
The saying that a person is too Heavenly minded to be any Earthly good is flawed. Rather, it is those who think of Heaven the most who do the most to change this world that we live in today.
If we live our lives to try to please everyone, we will not be fulfilling our God given purpose. We must not worry what others think but what God thinks of us and what we are doing with our lives.
We are always just one generation away from losing those things which we all hold dear. Our freedom, our culture and the Christian faith that many Americans hold sacred are in danger of being lost.
Heaven becomes more enticing as we get older. This world is not our home and that becomes more apparent as we experience the trials of life and the loss of loved ones.
Our rights must alway be balanced by responsibilities. To have one without the other will destroy a free society.
We can look back on our lives in sadness and regret for the years wasted by wrong decisions we have made, or we can see the mercy of God and how he can and will use it for his glory.
True freedom is found in three areas and you cannot be truly free without them. A human being or nation must be financially, politically and spiritually free in order to reach their full potential.
Luck is a pagan idea which should be removed from the vocabulary of the Christian. God is sovereign. He controls all things and not luck or fate.
In today's world, there is nothing considered sacred. We profane that which is holy and treat it with contempt.
This side of Heaven, there is no place that isn't tainted by sin and evil. The real place where all is beauty and perfection is with God in Heaven.
This country and this world is in desperate need of more good fathers that will step up and fulfill their God-given roles in the home.
People who call themselves Christians yet live without acknowledging the Lordship of Christ in their lives are practical atheists. Those who profess Christ must follow Him as Lord as well.
The world puts some people on a pedestal, while it puts down others or ignores them. Our God is no respecter of persons, and He doesn't want His people to be either.
In the strictest sense of the term, God and God alone can truly be called awesome.
Christianity teaches that there is only one way to God. That is through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is in direct opposition to the belief that everyone finds his own path to Him.
Biblical Submission is to be done by everyone. There is an order of submission which ultimately leads up to the Holy Spirit being in submission to the Son and the Son in submission to God the Father.
If we are to make an impact on this world, we need to have the attitude of Jesus Christ. Though He is God, and our Master, He became a servant of all.
The American dream, at it's root, is not simply a materialistic dream of greedy persons but an ideal that is rooted in the idea that all are created equal by God and should have equal opportunities.
There are compelling reasons to accept the existence of God.
Rather than being intolerant, Christianity itself is the victim of intolerance in this new "politically correct" society.
Throughout history God has used the unqualified and has made them qualified to carry forth His work upon this earth.
Happiness is not found in getting more and more of what you think you want. Rather it is found in being happy and content with all the blessings God has given you.
If you are seeking to be justified by any other thing than the grace and mercy of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are not a true Christian.
The old phrase: "It's never too late" just isn't true. There comes a time in life when you will regret the life you have wasted, and you will never be able to get it back.
We, like the men on the road to Emmaus, have to trust our shattered lives and dreams to the Sovereign God. We have to understand that, no matter what happens, God is working it out for good.
We must never let our God-given goals and dreams die, as we get older. We must continue to passionately pursue them.
A meaningful life only comes from putting Christ at the center. He alone is worth living and dying for.
There are too many people who begin the Christian life well, but somewhere along the way they lose their way. We need more people who finish the race they started.
Too many people forget the significance of Jesus' birth and simply do not realize that it was only a part of the greatest event in human history, conceived before the beginning of time itself.
Most people in this society are too busy doing things which will never count for eternity and not spending enough time on things that really matter.
The "I Am" statements of our Lord show that Jesus believed Himself to be Yahweh of the Old Testament.
God has a marvelous plan for mankind in general and you in particular. You have been chosen to bring glory to your creator.
Nothing on this earth, no matter how wonderful, can compare with the glory that we will experience in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has prepared it for those who love Him.
One of the greatest things we have as believers is the fact that we never have to say goodbye to our loved ones in the Lord. We will spend eternity together.
We seem to think that a God of love should never hate anything. That is totally untrue and unbiblical. God hates sin. Sin causes death and destruction. God hates it in all of its forms.
Philippians 4:13 has been taken out of context and is used as a guarantee of "success" in all areas in life. We need to look carefully at it to see what Paul originally meant to tell us.
What this world needs, more than anything else right now, is for more Christians to step up and leave a spiritual legacy for the next generation to follow.
We must be aware of the counterfeits in our world that try to replace the good things that God has in store for those who put their trust in Him.
When all is said and done, nothing that happens to us is out of God's control. We read the final chapter of His Word, the Bible, and see the glorious truth that God Wins!
Science has made miraculous advances over the past 100 years. Unfortunately, our growth in moral values has not kept up with it and could be a factor in our destruction, if we are not careful.
This world doesn't need more people who merely profess belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. It needs more men and women of substance and character. It needs people who practice what they preach.
The term "Beulah Land" is a Scriptural concept with much richness and significance. It has been depicted in songs over the years with different understandings of the term. In this article, we compare the Bible and the songs and see the different ways the authors depict this land.
No matter what the problems that we may be facing, God is in control. Therefore, we need not worry about anything.
Jesus is the One and Only Way to God the Father. He is the Only Way to Spiritual Life. No matter who or what else you know, it doesn't mean anything in eternity.
There is nothing unbiblical, or ungodly about the marriage between two people of different races.
Jesus was forsaken by the Father, in order that we don't ever have to be forsaken by Him for eternity.
For all of us to have rights, each of us must take responsibility.
God's timing isn't always ours, but it is always perfect.
No matter what happens to us, God loves us and is in control of our lives. Even when he doesn't appear to be there and our prayers seem to go unanswered. This knowledge should cause us to pray in a different way. It should lead us to ask for the strength to accept His loving will no matter what.
Our Lord has changed this universe forever by His coming to earth.
When will we learn that when God is taken out public life, violence will become more commonplace?
Christianity is a faith based upon historical truth and cannot be divorced from it.
Mankind is under bondage to sin and is not truly free. True freedom comes from a relationship with God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Divorce was not a part of God's original plan for the human race. Though there are some clear exceptions, it should be rare amongst Christians.
We can destroy or encourage people with our words. It is up to us to control these volatile instruments.
The famous phrase: "I am feafully and wonderfully made" comes from Psalm 139. It is a Psalm which celebrates the Omnipresent, Omniscient God. It is this God who specially created us in His image.
The phrase: "God helps those who help themselves" is not only unbiblical, but it is untrue.
Voting is both a blessing and a responsibility, given to us by Almighty God. All government is ordained by God, and the vote is part of this God-ordained government in which we live in the United States.
Our world needs more people who are totally committed to Jesus Christ. In light of what God has done for us, all Christians should be living sacrifices. Indeed, we owe it to Him to be so.
God is a worker and He expects His people to be workers as well. Life is never to be broken up into the secular andt he sacred. All things are to be done to the glory of God, including the jobs that He gives us to do.
We learn from the commissioning of the prophet Isaiah that there are certain convictions that the servant of God must possess.
Biblical hope is not just a vague wish that something will happen. It is rather a strong, confident expectation that God will keep His Word. The object hoped for is our promised salvation. God is the source of our hope.
Favoritism is a sin, and is totally inconsistent with a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Bible sees old age as a blessing from God. Older people have wisdom that they can pass on to us. We in turn are to treat them with respect and dignity, as well as care for them if they can't care for themselves.
There is much confusion over the true meaning of the Lord's Supper. It is a beautiful ceremony to help us commemorate the Lord's death until He comes.
The teaching concerning Purgatory is incosistent with the doctrine found in Scripture of salvation by grace through faith. It teaches a works-based salvation and therefore should be abandoned.
Life gets tedious and long at times. But the destination that the Lord has prepared for us is worth any problems we may be going through on this earth.
Money is not evil. Rather, loving money is equal to the sins of covetousness and greed. These sins will destroy us in the end.
A proper view of ourselves only comes when we see the way God views us. This will keep us from having either an over-inflated view, or one in which we see ourselves as worthless and thinking that we have nothing to contribute to the world.
The whole world is looking for peace. However, true and lasting peace only comes from a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The fact that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit is a comfort, knowing that our relationship with the Lord is secure. And it is also an incentive to live a holy life, because we want to please the Lord for all He has done for us.
God's original plan for women was not to be inferior to men in any way. Rather they were to be co-regents, given the job of ruling over and taking care of the earth.
The prophets, along with the apostles, laid the foundation of the Church, the Body of Christ. Their job is complete, and that foundational gift is no longer needed. So we don't have modern day prophets.
The office of apostle is one of two gifts, given to the Body of Christ to lay the foundation of the Church. Their work is now complete, and we no longer have them today.
The sign gifts were temporary, or transitional in nature and given for a specific purpose in history to further God's plan. They have achieved their purpose in this Age we live in, and are therefore not needed any longer.
Just as they had idols in the Bible world, we have our idols today. An idol is anything, or anyone that we ascribe supreme worth and value to, and put in the place of the one true God. We must get all such idols out of our lives, and put God in His rightful place.
Just like in the first century, there are those out there who are wolves in sheep's clothing. They are false prophets, and the Church has to learn to recognize them and flee from their teachings.
Regular church attendance is not optional if you want to be all that God wants you to be. It is an essential part of the Christian life.
Anything in life that is genuine, and is valuable will inspire counterfeits. Also, those who claim the name of Christ are at various stages of maturity. The person who is investigating the claims of Christianity must look at the character and claims of Christ Himself. He is no hypocrite, and...
Every Christian needs to know that those who know Jesus Christ as Savior are saints. They are set apart for the glory of God.
The Bible calls Jesus Christ Lord. He is the true master of the universe and deserves our praise, worship and service.
Contrary to atheistic belief, the Christian religion is not merely a cultural phenomenon, which like all religions is believed to be true because you grew up in a certain area. It is rather a world religion, and it is true because it is based upon the truth of the Gospel.
War is not primarily caused by religion. History proves this. War, rather, is caused by the sinful heart of man.
Government is an authority, given to us by a loving God for our good. Therefore, we have an obligation to obey it under most circumstances.
Not everyone in this world is a child of God. God becomes our Father when we accept His Son through faith.
Profanity is something that is unworthy of a child of God and must be removed from our vocabulary.
The word tolerance has been redefined in our society. The result is that all religion is tolerated except Christianity and all those who believe in moral absolutes.
God is zealous for the relationship which He has with his people who belong to Him and won't share that relationship with idols. He protects that which is His and He alone deserves our devotion and love.
Worship in Scripture is primarily a verb and is expressed through the lives that we lead.
Suffering is hard to understand unless seen from the perspective of eternity.
This article attempts to give a biblical explaination for the suffering that we experience in a world controlled by God.
We can know that no matter what happens in our lives, God is at work. He hasn't abandoned us. Rather, He is using the situations in our lives to make us more like Jesus Christ.
Th old nature is that nature of sin which we receive from Adam, and is the reason we need the salvation of Jesus Christ.
Because of sin we are living in an upside-down world where wrong seems right and right seems wrong. Jesus came to take care of sin and turn the world right-side up again.
This article explains the subtle difference between God's grace and God's mercy. They are like two sides of the same coin.
This article argues that Hell is necessary since there is a holy God of justice, and at the same time, beings living openly in defiance of God.
This study of Psalm 46 shows the Psalmist's confidence that God is in control of all circumstaces. And it can be summarized by saying: "We should not fear when God is near."
Most Christians agree that infants and young children who die before they know enough to understand sin and salvation are safe in the arms of Jesus. But some don't agree with that. Who is right? That is what this article attempts to show.
The song: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" has a wonderful theme of God's control and ultimate victory over evil, leading to the peace on earth that we all desire.
The Bible teaches clearly the inspiration of Scripture. It is the God-breathed, wonderful Word of God.
Our all powerful God cannot and will not do anything that is inconsistent with his nature.
This article relates the truth that the Bible is God's revelation of His redemption of mankind through the Lord Jesus Christ.
This article admonishes us to trust God during all of the impossible situations of our lives.
None of us is truly free. We are slaves to something or someone. The key to life is choosing the right master.
This article examines Jesus' teaching regarding loving God as being the greatest commandment. It also shows the irrevocable link between loving God and love for your neighbor.
Every Christian is commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This article explains what that means.
The Bible clearly indicates that all true believers in Jesus Christ are temples of the Holy Spirit.
This seventh article on God's attributes discusses the fact that our Lord is both just and righteous.
This 6th article on the attributes of God is about His Self-Existence. Our God is dependent upon nothing and no one. He always is and always will be. He was not created and is eternal. This is the kind of God that can meet all of our needs and is the only person worthy of our worship.
This article is about God's immutability. Our God never changes.
This fourth article in the series on the attributes of God is about His omniscience. Our God is all-knowing.
The doctrine of Omnipresence or the fact that God is present everywhere at once has profound implications for our lives and should be explored. It will help us understand both God and ourself better.
This second article in the series on God's attributes is about His omnipotence. Our God is all-powerful.
This is the introductory article on a very important topic: the attributes of God. In learning about God, we also get a fuller understanding of ourselves.
This article explores one of the greatest needs of humanity; the need for relationship. There is a God-shaped hole in each of us and until this is filled, we can never know fully the true joy, love and intimacy that can only be found in a relationship with our Creator through the Lord Jesus Christ.
This article discusses a concept that has come to be known as Christian Universalism which teaches that ultimately all human beings or creatures will be restored to a right relationship with God. This concept is totally unbiblical and must be corrected.
This article is about Christianity's claim that Jesus Christ is the only way to reach God as opposed to others who would say that everyone has their own way. The truth is that all religions have competing understandings of truth and cannot all be valid.
This article attempts to explain what the Bible is saying when talking about the Glory of God.
This article explores the sovereignty of God and what it should mean for our lives.
This article explores Jesus' view of true greatness. It is found in being a servant of all.
This second installation in the series on the Church, shows how the Church is both a family and a Body, united under one head, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the indroduction to a commonly misunderstood word in the Bible, which is a major key to understanding God's work in this world today.
This article discusses the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and shows its relevance for today.
This third and final article on the Bible and sin shows God's solution to the sin problem.
This second installment in the series "The Bible and Sin" is a look at how we got into this mess in the first place.
This first article in the series on the Bible and sin, defines what is meant when Scripture uses the term sin.
This article explains the biblical concept of agape love which comes from God Himself.
This final installment on the Prosperity Gospel, shows what Jesus and his Apsotles actually taught about what a godly life looks like. It is a life of self-sacrifice. We are not promised health and wealth in this world, but a wonderful life to come.
This second part of our look at the Prosperity Gospel continues to look at the problems with this teaching.
This first article on the Prosperity Gospel talks about the beliefs and practices of its followers.
This is the final installment in the series entitled: "Can Salvation be Lost?" It shows that salvation is more than just a fire escape out of hell.
This fourth installment in the series entitled: "Can Salvation be Lost?" covers the work of Christ and the Spirit in our salvation.
This is the third in the series entitled: Can Salvation be Lost? The article tells us that the assurance of our eternal standing before the Lord and the peace which follows comes from God Himself.
This article is the second in the series entitled: "Can Salvation be Lost?" It points out that salvation is a free gift given through no merit of our own.
This is a poem about the fruit which demonstrates to the world that we truly have been born again by faith in Jesus Christ.
This is an introductory article about the doctrine of the eternal security of the believer in Jesus Christ. It shows that salvation is totally a work of the Lord.
This second and final installment on the Bible and aliens shows clues which point us toward a biblical view of intelligent extraterrestrial life forms. Though we cannot be dogmatic, we are lead in a certain direction.
This series looks at the possibility of life beyond this earth from a biblical perspective.
This last article in the series on marriage and the Bible puts together all of the evidence from Scripture to show what constitutes marriage in God's sight and gives general principles that all who seek to be biblically married should follow.
This fifth installment in the series on marriage in the Bible looks at how the New Testament sees marriage.
This fourth installment in the series on the Bible and marriage shows the Old Testament perspective.
This third article in the series "The Bible and Marriage" begins to look at what constitutes marriage in Scripture.
This second installment in the series on biblical marriage answers the question of whether or not living together constitutes marriage.
This is the first in a series of articles on the biblical understanding of marriage.
This look at the parable of the good Samaritan shows to us how we are to serve the Lord by loving and serving our neighbor. The real question is not "Who is my neighbor?" Rather it is, "How can I be a neighbor to those whom God places in my path?"
This is the third and final installment on what happens when a person dies. It is about those who die while unsaved.
This second installment in the series on death shows what happens to the Christian when he or she dies.
This article is the first in a series on what the Bible tells us about death and what happens to us when we die.
This fourth article in the series on angels talks about their ministry.
This article tell us what the Bible means when it calls someone a fool. Ultimately, it is a life lived apart from God and His wisdom.
This third installment on angels tells us of their number and how highly organized they are.
This is the second in a series on the Bible and angels. It describes their creation and nature.
Here is the first in a series on what the Bible has to say about angels.
This is the 3rd and final article on the holiness of God. It looks at how God's holiness should affect our lives.
This second in a series of articles on the Holiness of God, delves into what it actually means that God is holy.
Here is the first in a series of articles on the holiness of God and what it should mean to us.
This is the fourth and final installment on the Trinity. It shows the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit.
This is an article on what Jesus actually meant when he said not to judge.
This is the third in a four part series on the Trinity. It focuses on the deity of Jesus Christ.
Though the Trinity is a mystery, it is indeed the way in which the Scriptures portray God.
Here is a poem about Christ's love for me. It is a poem of love and gratitude from my heart.
In this first of four articles on the Trinity, we look at three false views of this doctrine.
This article demonstrates where good works fit into the Christian life. Works do not save you. Rather they are the fruit naturally produced by the new life that Christ gives you by faith in Him.
There are those who say that religion is dying, especially the Christian religion. This is far from true. In fact worldwide it is growing.
This article talks about the distinctiveness of Christ's coming in the air for His Church as opposed to when He comes to set up His Millennial Kingdom.
The fact of the Rapture is understood fully only by seeing the difference between Israel and the Church of this age.
The Bible sees the unborn child as bearing the image of God. Further there are passages that indicate that life begins at conception. Therefore abortion is the taking of a human life.
Ever since Satan's fall his plan has been to thwart the plans of God. He uses a variety of methods to do this but none will ultimately be effective, for God has already won. Satan's doom is sure.
In this third article on Satan and the Bible we look into his origin and his sin.
This second installment in the series on Satan and the Bible talks about His names and their significance in understanding our ancient foe.
This article is the beginning of a series on our adversary Satan. It is imperative that we know what the Bible says about our great enemy, in order to know what we're up against.
This article is about the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a judgment all believers in Jesus Christ must face if we are living in this Dispensation of Grace. And we should take it very seriously.
After our Lord reigns 1000 years on earth, the greatest time in history, until this point, closes. Satan is released for a last battle. Christ wins. Judgment comes. Then the eternal state begins.
Following the Great Tribulation, Christ returns to earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom. It will be a government run by God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Great Tribulation is a future time in history when God will again deal with His people Israel, fulfilling promises made to the patriarchs, and will bring judgment upon the earth because of sin.
This is the second in the Series: "The Bible and the Future" and talks about what happens after the Rapture of the Church. It is the time known as the Great Tribulation.
The Next Major Event to happen in the future is the catching up of the Church, the Body of Christ, to meet the Lord Jesus in the Air. This is referred to as the Rapture.
The only true hope for America is to be found in a renewed belief in our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. We must believe in and turn to him in a revival of faith.