When the Bible talks about fearing God, it is usually referring to an attitude of reverence and respect, not outright terror. It is a reverence for and acknowledgement of God's sovereignty and power over us. And yet a healthy fear of the Lord must also include fear of the consequences for sin also.
Heaven is a free gift given to those who accept it by faith in Jesus Christ. But there will be those who come to judgment before Christ that will try to rely upon self-righteousness to enter God's Kingdom. They will be rejected by the Lord that day and hear the words from Him: 'I never knew you.'
We who are saved are also all called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. If we are saved from eternal separation and hell, we should want to let others know with whom we come in contact that they can experience the same salvation that we have.
Jesus begins to wrap up His Sermon on the Mount with some metaphors. He starts by using the illustration of a broad gate and road that leads to destruction as opposed to the Narrow gate and road which leads to eternal life. These are the choices that we must make to follow the world or follow Jesus.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gives His disciples a rule that should govern all relationships with believers and non-believers alike. The Golden Rule, if applied consistently, can revolutionize the world and bring glory to our God and Savior.
The world would like to tell us that God is just a God of love and not a holy God of wrath and judgment. But the God of the Bible is both. Scripture depicts several judgments that will take place at the end of time. One even the Christian will participate in, and is one for which he should prepare.
In Matthew 7:7-11 Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount by talking about the Christian's need to confidently pray to their Heavenly Father who both knows and cares for the needs of His children. He is trustworthy and will not fail to supply all the needs they have.
Jesus' in His famous Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 6:25-34, explains several reasons why a believer should not worry. All those who name the name of Christ should take these reasons to heart and live a life of faith. It is only then that God will be fully glorified in our lives.
In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount by talking about money and wealth. He tells us that we should not focus our hearts and lives on these things that the world treasures but focus on the One true God. Money should not be our master but our lives should revolve around God.
In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He sited the way people fasted to show that a Christian should not be hypocritical and use it to bring glory to self but rather to God. Though the Church is not required to fast today we can still learn a lot from Jesus' teaching and this ancient practice.
Paul, in his epistles, sees the kingdom of God as both a present and future reality. It will one day bring to completion all of history when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. We enter it by God's grace through faith in Christ.
Heaven and the eternal state, far from dull and boring, are going to be the most exciting times of our lives for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. We have much to look forward to and all who know Him should be greatly anticipating what is to come.
Jesus teaches in His Sermon on the Mount that God desires us to have a genuine interest in communicating with Him in prayer. Not like hypocrites who pray just to be seen as pious or holy. But He wants those come to Him humbly seeking His will, His Kingdom and His glory.
When it comes to charitable giving, God sees your heart and rewards you in heaven for your godly motives. So a Christian is not to act like a hypocrite who cares only what men think and performs only for their applause. Rather he should seek to please God in performing all acts of charity.
The Apostle Paul talks about seven things that he refers to as mysteries or secrets that were not revealed but now are revealed. They are all aspects of the one mystery which consists of the fact that all mankind, both Jew and Gentile, are being placed together in one Church, the Body of Christ.
Jesus, in Matthew 5:43-48, tells us to love our enemies just as God our Father does. Loving only those who love us and hating those who don't is what the world does. True children of the Father love those who hate them and are rewarded for their service to the Lord in the end.
We can learn a lot from the book of Deuteronomy about how to be a good father through setting the example for our children of loving the Lord with all of our hearts and by teaching them to follow His commands for our lives in all that we say and do. Further, it is vital that we do so for their good.
Jesus, in Matthew 5:38-42, is speaking to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount about how they are to be different from the world. They do this by not retaliating. Rather they are to overcome evil with good. And they are also to give to all to those with legitimate needs what they ask for.
Jesus, in Matthew 5:33-37 from His Sermon on the Mount, is correcting the religious leaders and their view on oaths. In this section He is teaching that His followers should all be people of their word who say what they mean and mean what they say. Christians should be known for keeping their word.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, gives the true understanding of what the Law of Moses had to say about divorce. Except for your spouse committing adultery, marriage is permanent and not to be severed by divorce. We need to take the marriage relationship as seriously as He does.
Jesus, in his famous Sermon on the Mount addresses the seventh commandment in Matthew 5:27-30. This is the law against adultery. In addressing this command He is correcting the rabbinical teaching that adultery is merely a physical act. Rather it begins with lusting in your heart.
Jesus continues His sermon on the Mount by pointing out that breaking the sixth commandment which says 'You shall not murder' is more than just the physical act of taking a life. It begins in the heart with sinful anger toward our brother made in the image of God.
In Luke 1 we see an example of a godly mother in Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And by following her example we can learn to please God in all of our ways. Further, we need to respect all godly mother's like her whom we know and honor them as the Lord has commanded us to do.
In Matthew 5:17-20, a part of the Sermon on the Mount, we get Jesus' view of the law. It is perfect and holy because it comes from God but also is beyond our ability to fulfill it. To do so requires an internal righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus, the one who came to fulfill it for us.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus referred to His followers as 'the salt of the earth' and 'the light of the world.' All true followers, like salt, help preserve a spoiling world and give it savor. And we give light to a world steeped in the darkness of sin. So, Christ expects us to live like it.
In the beginning of the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus gives His manifesto for entering and living as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, He also reveals to us the secrets of a happy and fulfilled life. Those secrets have become known as the Beatitudes.
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 is a call by Moses to a new generation of Israelites going into the promised land for love and total commitment to God. These words can also be applied to the Church of Jesus Christ today. We all should love and be committed to Him as demonstrated by obedience to His commands.
The greatest event in human history was the day Jesus rose from the grave. And through His resurrection He gives us all the ability to do the same one day. We serve a risen Savior!!
In the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem we have our Lord presenting Himself to Israel and the world as their King. His coming a week before Passover was His offering of Himself as a lamb to take away our sin. Today, as they did then, we must decide who Jesus is and accept His sovereign rule.
In the closing verses of Colossians we see greetings from various people and admonitions from Paul the Apostle. In these final words we get an understanding of the people it takes to make an effective ministry happen. God uses each of us for His service and to spread His gospel.
The Apostle Paul, in Colossians 4:2-6, is dealing with the practical aspects of living out the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He does this by telling us that we are to devote ourselves to prayer, walk with wisdom toward outsiders and speak with grace to everyone that we meet.
In Colossians 3 Paul is teaching the believer how to live various aspects of life in submission to others because they are now under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Christ's Lordship should change every aspect of our lives including that of husband/wife, father/child and that of master/slave.
Paul, after proving the complete adequacy and all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ, is now making some practical applications in chapter 3. If nothing on this earth compares to Christ, then we should be setting our minds on heavenly things and not on the things of this earth.
In this second chapter of Colossians the Apostle Paul is warning the people of Colossae about those who would lead them astray from the truth of the gospel. He is confronting those who have infiltrated the church there and are teaching teaching false philosophies and practices.
We see in Colossians 1:24-29 the characteristics that the Apostle Paul possessed that made him a good minister of Jesus Christ. And from his example, we can learn how we too can be effective ministers in the world in which our Lord has placed us.
According to Colossians 1:15-23 Jesus is more than just a mere man. He is the preeminent Creator of the universe who sustains it and has reconciled all things to Himself by His death, burial and resurrection. He is indeed worthy of our praise and worship.
We see in Paul's introductory remarks in the first chapter of the book of Colossians the priority that he place on praying for his fellow believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. And we are instructed by the type of prayer that he prayed. It was one focused on their spiritual life and actions.
Isaiah 53 is one of 4 servant songs recorded in the book of Isaiah. It records the obedience of the Suffering Servant and the results of that obedience. This Psalm reminds us of all that Christ has done for us on the cross and that we should be grateful for His love and grace that put Him there.
Peter's denial of the Lord before His crucifixion shows us at least two things. First, it displays that all of us are capable of failing or denying our Lord in weak moments. Secondly, it reveals the grace of God that overcomes the worst of problems in our lives, even if we cause them ourselves.
In this, the longest prayer ever recorded that Jesus prayed on the night before He was to be crucified for the sins of the world, we see His heart for His disciples then and those that will come to Him in faith over the centuries that follow. It also shows His Heavenly ministry of intercession.
The account of Zacchaeus' meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates the love that God has for the most hardened of sinners. And He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him in faith. Jesus still offers that kind of love and salvation to all today. And we must reach out to all who are lost.
In Philippians 3 we have the Apostle Paul giving us his life as an example of the choices we all have to make between Christ and the assets that this world has to offer. And his conclusion is that everything is refuse in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ.
Both Simeon and Anna were part of the story of the Christ-child. They were righteous old saint who remained faithful for years waiting for the one moment when they would see the Messiah and tell others about His arrival. And the Lord rewarded their faithfulness.
The faith of a man that Jesus encountered in His ministry is the type that we have to all cultivate in our lives. It begins with an acknowledgement that without Him our faith is inadequate to face the trials in our lives. However, with Him all things are possible if we believe.
God is our Good Shepherd who lovingly leads us all the days of our lives. And we can trust Him for our eternity as well. There is no greater person to whom we can entrust ourselves or those we love.
In the last verses of II Timothy we get a more personal side of the Apostle Paul as he discusses his situation and his desire to have Timothy visit him in his Roman prison before his death at the hands of the Romans. In this section we can learn ways to help all believers going through persecution.
In these last days that we're living in, there has come about a spiritual anorexia. By that I mean a self-imposed famine in reading and understanding the Word of God. God's servant helps solve this by preaching the Word, being aware of false teachers and by living for the Judgment Seat of Christ.
In II Timothy 3:10-17 we have the Apostle Paul continuing his warning to his son-in-the-faith Timothy about the perilous times in which they were living and we are living in today as well. In this section he gives Timothy two major ingredients for navigating these times successfully.
According to Paul in II Timothy 3:1-9, we are living in "perilous times." There are several characteristics of people in these last days before Christ returns to earth of which all Christians should be aware. This article shows these characteristics which Paul warns us about.
In II Timothy 2:14-26 Paul continues to talk with his young ,protégé, Timothy, showing him that he has to continue serving the Lord, striving daily to be an 'approved workman', one that handles the Word of Truth correctly, cleanses Himself for God's service and doesn't quarrel but is kind to all.
In II Timothy 2 Paul, who is in jail and about to be killed for the preaching of the gospel is using this last letter to write to his son in the faith, Timothy, encouraging him to remain faithful to his job of preaching the gospel. He wants him to remain committed and not swayed by the world.
Paul, the Apostle, is in prison putting his affairs in order before he is executed by the Roman government. While in prison he writes to his son in the faith, Timothy, and gives him instructions on how he should live and minister after the apostle is gone. These are the final words Paul writes.
Just like in the days of Ezekiel, the Lord is still looking for men and women who will stand in the gap for Him. We need to stand for what is right and holy in a time when many have abandoned the faith and aren't seeking the will and glory of God.
The story of David and Goliath is one of faith in God, courage and overcoming impossible odds. By looking at it carefully we can see what every Christian should do when facing the Goliath in our lives. We must trust God who has never lost a battle and He will help us, thus bringing Him glory.
In Ezekiel's vision of dry bones we see that with God there are no hopeless situations. He took the spiritually dead and scattered people of Israel and showed to them a time when He would give them new life and fulfill His national promises. We can trust Him with His promises to us as well.
Jesus, in His humanity, was tempted to sin by Satan. However, temptation is not sin. Jesus successfully overcame Satan's temptations, demonstrating His sinless character and His ability to be our sacrifice on the cross. He also left us an example to follow to get victory over sin in our own lives.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was said, by the Apostle Peter, to be one who went about doing good. One of the jobs of His followers is to follow in His footsteps and do good to everyone that we meet.
Just like God comforted His people of old, the nation of Judah, He comforts us today as His people, the Church. He is all-powerful and all-knowing so that He is able to keep all of the promises made to us through Jesus Christ. So no matter what situation we are in, it will work out for the best.
The miracle of the healing of the paralytic man gives us several lessons. The greatest of these is the fact that God wants us to demonstrate a faith in Him that will go through any obstacle to get to Him and allow Him to change your life and the life of your friends.
History is important. That is especially true of salvation history because it reminds us of God's faithfulness to His people throughout time and His promise never to leave or forsake us in the present and future. To forget the past is dangerous because it will cause us to forget God.
We are in a war with an unseen enemy, the Caronavirus. And people are panicking. The Christian response should be not to panic but to follow the facts of Scripture, as well as the admonitions not to fear. God is in control and He will get us through this. The Christian must not fear but trust God.
In John 4, we learn that Jesus cared for and used an outcast from society, the woman at the well for His glory. And because of that many came to know Him as Savior and Lord. The truth is, He can use us too.
Chapter 3 of II Thessalonians is Paul's final instructions to this persecuted church that has remained faithful to the Lord. It is practical and demonstrates how the gospel message is lived out by believers.
In II Thessalonians 2, the persecuted people of God in Thessalonica were being told that the Day of the Lord had already come and they were worried that they had missed the Lord's return for them. Paul lets them know that this Day will not come until the Man of Lawlessness is revealed.
II Thessalonians is the second letter written by the Apostle Paul to the people of Thessalonica. They were a persecuted church that was remaining faithful despite what they were going through. In chapter 1, Paul encourages them to continue in faithfulness to God since they are on the winning team!
Paul, in the final verses of I Thessalonians, is giving some last-minute instructions to this persecuted church for how to continue in the path of holiness or sanctification that they are now on. In doing this he shows us several ways that we can continue on this path ourselves.
When a believer dies, they go immediately to be with the Lord. The problems and cares of this life are over and they will spend eternity with the One who made it all possible, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, we don't have to be afraid of death, or grieve as those without hope in Christ.
The Bible, in either the Old or the New Testaments, does not promote the political systems of Communism or Socialism. They are systems that have never worked in history and God's Word cannot be used to justify their continued existence or acceptance by a nation.
Paul, in I Thessalonians 4, just got finished telling the believers that both dead and living saints will be part of the Rapture, where they will meet the Lord in the air. Now he turns his teaching to the Day of the Lord, which is when the Lord's wrath will be poured out on the world for sin.
In I Thessalonians 4:1-12 Paul addresses the godly church in Thessalonica who remains faithful despite persecution. The Apostle Paul encourages them to continue in the faith by living to please God more and more in the areas of sexual purity, love and by leading a quiet and productive life.
I Thessalonians 3 tells gives us a clue as to how Paul and the Thessalonian believers were able to make it through the toughest of times in their lives. They were persecuted but still were able to remain faithful in the midst of it all. And their example shows us how we can do this today as well.
Just like in our day, the majority of people in the New Testament world didn't pay attention to the greatest event in human history, the birth of Jesus Christ. We, His followers, must rather be like the shepherds of that time who were told the good news and proclaimed it to others.
After talking about the Thessalonian church and encouraging them for remaining faithful to the Lord under much opposition, Paul then goes on to let them know how he preached the gospel to them, lived it out in his life and remained concerned for them, thus setting an example for future pastors.
In the book of I Thessalonians, we have a portrait of a church that remained faithful to the Lord despite persecution. Today we can learn from their example of holiness and faithfulness as we anticipate our Lord's return to take the church home to be with Him.
Paul concludes the great epistle to the Romans by greeting those in Rome whom he loved, warning of those who cause division, allowing people with him to give greetings and finally gives glory to God for using him as a minister of the gospel. All this points out that people make ministry possible.
One of the greatest accomplishments in life is to fulfill God's will in our ministry. We do this by prayerfully desiring to make plans, allowing for God's changes, helping the physical needs of those to whom we minister and by bathing our ministry in the prayers of the saints.
We, like the Apostle Paul, should have a strong desire to preach the gospel of God's grace to the world around us that is dying and going to Hell. If we are grateful for our own salvation, why should we not want to tell others?
Paul, after finishing his teaching on how to deal with disputable matters, tells us that we should accept one another just as Christ has accepted us. Jesus is our role model for how we should behave toward one another and we need to follow His lead. Acceptance is also seen by prayer for each other.
For the sake of the unity of the Body of Christ, sometimes it becomes necessary to curtail our personal liberty for a weaker brother or sister. We are to bear their weaknesses and please them in order to edify or build them up in the faith.
Paul takes the whole chapter of Romans 14 and goes into 15 telling us that the transformed life includes caring about the weaker brother for whom Christ died. And I care for him by not allowing the freedom that I have in Christ to cause my brother or sister to stumble and be hurt by my actions.
Romans 13:8-14 is the continuation of Paul's practical section of the book in which he shows what the transformed life of a Christian looks like. Here it includes both love of neighbor and holiness.
Paul continues his practical instructions for a person who has been saved by grace through faith by instructing us on how we need to view and act toward the government that He has ordained. We must obey because it has been placed there for our good. And we must obey because God wants us to do so.
We find in the book of Colossians that Paul is defending against heresy, and is teaching the fact that Jesus is God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe who is reconciling all things to Himself.
Paul continues his practical section of the book of Romans by showing the believer what constitutes a genuine mature Christian. He lists the traits, achieved through a transformed life by the renewal of the mind, that constitute the Spirit-filled life.
Having spent the first 11 chapters of Romans talking about the Gospel , which is received by grace through faith, Paul now gets into the implications of that practically. He began by saying that we are to be living sacrifices, giving ourselves totally to God. Then we serve others with our gifts.
Paul has spent 11 chapters telling us about the Gospel, the good news of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Now he gets practical in telling us that, in the light of God's mercy, we should be living sacrifices to Him and transform our minds to do His will.
Romans 11 is the climax of Paul's discussion of what has become of National Israel. Though it looks like God has abandoned them and His promises to them, He will yet deal the His people whom He foreknew when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. His promises to His people will never fail.
Paul continues his explanation of what happened to National Israel which he began in chapter 9. He was sorrowful because they were very religious and had a zeal for God but not according to knowledge. Salvation doesn't come by works but by faith in the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone.
Romans 9 is the beginning of Paul's explanation of why God has set aside His people Israel, even though they were His chosen nation. Paul just got finished telling us of God's promise that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ. But what of His promises to Israel? Have they failed?
Romans 8:18-39 is a continuation of Paul's answer of who will deliver us from the problems of sin in this life, both because of his old nature and because of the sin-cursed world. Jesus,His death and resurrection is the answer and He brings us several promises that help us in this life and the next.
Romans 7 talked about the struggle that believers have with sin. In Romans 8 Paul tells us that faith in Christ gives us freedom from the war within us caused by our flesh. In 8:1-17 Paul tells of the freedom from condemnation and from sin's power by the indwelling Spirit who lives in us.
Paul spent the first 5 chapters of Romans proving that man is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Now he is answering the critics that say that you can continue to sin that grace may increase. He teaches that grace is not an excuse to sin. Believers have died to sin.
In Romans 5:12-21 Paul continues his theme of teaching how an unrighteous sinner can be justified before a Holy and righteous God. He use the analogy between the first man Adam and the Second Adam, Jesus Christ to show how Christ's obedience overcame Adam's sinful nature inherited by mankind.
Because of the justification that Jesus wrought on the cross we have many benefits. They include peace with God, access to the grace in which we stand, rejoicing in hope, even in tribulation, having God's love in our hearts and salvation from God's wrath. We have a lot to praise God for in our life.
In Scripture, the Lord calls Joseph, who was the foster father of Jesus, a righteous man. He was a man of unquestioning faith in God and an uncompromising care for his family. May all men seek to follow his example.
Abraham believed God and it was credited to him for righteousness. Therefore, according to Paul in Romans 4, he is a role model for all those who come to God apart from works and apart from the Law, trusting the Lord alone for their salvation.
Paul, having told his readers in the first 2 chapters of Romans that the pagan world, the religious moralist world and the Jewish world were all under sin, continues to show the Jews that the Law doesn't save. So all are in need of the righteousness which comes through the Lord Jesus Christ.
A true relationship with God begins with admitting our sin and need of a Savior. We must never think that it is our righteousness that brings us eternal life. And we cannot judge another, for we are guilty ourselves of sin. Also, we can never rely upon our morality or our religion. Just Jesus alone,
The book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul, teaches us that righteousness comes from God. It is the message that God justifies sinners by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The first chapter of this book points out that the whole Gentile world has abandoned God and is guilty.
This world needs more godly mothers such as we find in the story of Moses' mother Jochebed. She not only saved his life, but passed on to him and his siblings a faith in the one true God.
God is eternal but we are impermanent creatures who cannot find our true purpose in life apart from Him. True fulfillment and happiness come from using our gifts and talents for His glory during the fleeting time that we have on this earth.
In this story of the Emmaus Road, we encounter two disciples of Jesus who are without hope after the death of their Messiah. However, they are given new hope after an encounter with their risen Lord. In our own Emmaus experience, we too can have hope, both now and in eternity, because He is Alive!
The three crosses at Calvary the day Jesus died represent three distinct things. Jesus, the eternal Son of God who died for sin. The unrepentant thief who died in sin. And finally, the repentant thief who died without sin and clothed in Christ's righteousness. Ask yourself: "Which thief am I?"
Through the miracle of Jesus' walking on water, we can see the faith of the Apostle Peter as he looked to Jesus. While in the midst of the storm he was able to join the Lord, for a short period of time, walking on the Sea of Galilee. We need that kind of faith in the storms of our own lives.
Christianity is a both a religion and a relationship. Christians serve the only true God, the maker of the heavens and the earth, and thus are the only true religion on the face of the earth. However, salvation doesn't come from religious ritual or man trying to attain God. It comes by God's grace.
What America needs most today is an old fashioned revival like our nation has had in years past. Revival is a good Scriptural word and has been experienced by a number of God's people throughout history.
Like Sharach, Meshach and Abednego of old, we are called as Christians to an uncompromising faith in a world that is no friend of God.
The Tower of Babel account, recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 is a warning to modern man that pride still leads to destruction and that God will never be thwarted in His plans. It is best when we follow His design for our lives and not our own.
The ancient prophet, Jonah, has a message for us who are living in the 21st Century today. Our God is a God of second chances and His love, grace and mercy abound just as they did in biblical times.
Jesus, in the story of the woman taken in adultery, shows His compassion for the sinner in not condemning her but telling her to "Go, and sin no more. All of us, when encountering sinners, must realize that we are no better than they. We are all beggars telling people where to find bread.
There are too many people who claim the name of Christ and still want to live like the people of Israel in the time of Elijah. They want to sit on the fence and have one foot in the world and one in heaven. All Christians need to decide that the Lord is God and none other, and live lif accordingly.
In this world in which we live, evil seems to triumph as much or more than good. We sometimes ask, where is God in all of this? The prophet Habakkuk encountered the same thing in his time. Evil men surrounded and overwhelmed the good. He asked God to explain this and God gave him some answers.
There are no disembodied men or women called ghosts roaming the earth today and haunting homes. Rather, Satan and his demons are alive and well and seeking to destroy the works of God. It is they who are most likely the creatures that most people encounter when seeing ghosts.
Too many Christians live their lives without allowing God to guide their steps. We are His children and He has a plan for each one of our lives. And our Father knows best what we should be doing, for He created us to be doing it.
There is no need to reject creationism if you accept the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. They are not mutually exclusive.
Everyone needs hope. However, the Bible teaches us that because of sin we were all without hope and without God in the world. That is until Jesus was born in a stable in Bethelem. With Jesus, hope had arrived!
El Shaddai is one of the many Old Testament names for our God and is one that tells of His power and might. But at the same time, it relates how our Lord is sufficient to meet our needs and is able to nurture and sustain His people through all of life's trials and tribulations.
Some have accused the Bible, and Christianity in general, of promoting racism. Far from it, a truly biblical view of humanity will promote love and respect for all of mankind and a desire to see them saved.
Government is an institution that was ordained by God Himself. Therefore we have an obligation to obey and respect it and our leaders unless they go against what Scripture teaches us to do or ask us to do something that God has forbidden.
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.