“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
This is described as “the greatest offer ever made by the greatest person who ever lived.” We cannot overlook the fact that this greatest Bible verse on God’s love also contains a warning of judgment—should not perish—because God’s love and justice cannot be separated. His love will hound you to your dying day, but you still must choose Him.
On the cross, Jesus hung between two thieves. One thief believed on Him and went with Him that day to Paradise. The other railed on Him, mocking: “If you are really the Son of God, save yourself and us to.” (Luke 23:39). Hardened by sin and unrepentant, he had no remorse, even in the face of death! Between them was the cross of redemption, but they each had to choose, and so do we. God will never violate our right to choose, even if we choose to perish. This is why He sends so many warnings.
April 15 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The builders of this great ship boasted that she was unsinkable. Their reckless thinking resulted in the deaths of over 1500 passengers. Even after she had hit the iceberg and was quickly going down with many perishing, the New York Times newspaper printed: “all on titanic safe.” Western Union telegrams were also stating that all was okay. Continue reading The Titanic Delusion
It happened again. The senseless, evil school shooting that took 17 lives last month in Florida. Since the shocking shootout at Columbine High School’s massacre of 15 teens in Colorado almost 19 years ago, such slaughter has become an all-too-familiar scene in American schools.
Immediately, there was an outcry for stricter gun laws. No matter what side of the gun debate you are on, the underlying basis for these murderous massacres is clear: America has spawned a generation of youth who do not value life, including their own. Because they have no understanding of eternal consequences, as taught in the Bible, death is an innocuous exit from their perceived troubles. After all, if there is no God, no Heaven or Hell, what does it matter? Continue reading The Devaluation of Life & Desensitization of Death
“For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
The first priority is our will. And this is greater than our want. We often want things and for situations to be a certain way in our lives. We may even wish—greatly desire for these. But even our strongest desires do not equal our will. It is our will that motivates us to action with a clear and resolute deliberation and assurance that we will succeed—we will obtain. It is not enough to say, “I want… I want to do great things for God.” We must declare: “I will do great things for God!” Continue reading I Will Because I Can!
From a Roman prison, Paul penned his most joyful epistle to the Philippian believers and shared the secret of a fruitful and enduring faith: Forget the hurts and failures of the past. Reach for the blessings of the present. Press toward the future (Philippians 3:12-14).
Many get stuck in depression, lamenting the past, or focusing on the problems of the present. This outlook leads them to think that things can never change, and they are defeated. But when we take hold of the present with joy, keeping our eyes on Heaven’s goal line, we are propelled forward, and the failures of the past fade away.
Continue reading Brayden’s Big Boy Seat
This Jewish festival takes place in winter, usually December, and lasts for eight days. This year (2017) it falls on December 12-20. It is not one of the major feasts of the Lord that was given to Moses for the Jewish people to keep as part of their covenant with God. The reason it is not in the Jewish Bible? It occurred during the intertestamental period—the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew, the old and new covenants, when the heavens were silent.
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