Chocolate Bunnies and the Wrath of God

Now we come to chocolate bunnies. This is a human attempt to celebrate the wonder of people being made holy. Don't be thrown off the real message of the resurrection. The bunnies aren't really the problem. The real concern is how blown away you are by what the resurrection accomplished.

Some Challenging Questions

What do you eagerly desire? Do you desire, above all else, to acquire God's wisdom, so that you will clearly see the path of obedience set before you? Does living for the glory and honor God consume you? When you see that following Christ will be result in difficulty and pain, do you still desire identification with Christ above all else? What do your children believe that you eagerly desire above all else?

The Eschatological Earthquake

But it would appear that the earthquake that occurred at Sinai was prophetic of what will occur at Christ's Second Coming. In other words, God has promised that there is yet to come a shaking not only of the earth but of the heavens as well, in other words, a cosmic shaking that immeasurably exceeds anything that has come before. We often hear seismologists speak of the "big one" that they believe will strike California. Well, this is the really, really, really big one, one so great that everyth

Peace Is Not the Absence of Conflict.

We live in a world looking for peace. Whether it is in the play room or at the negotiating table peace is often defined as the absence of conflict. So, terms are sought to minimize or eliminate conflict. But this is a futile pursuit.

So You Want Proof?

An atheist wrote in with a question about a recent post: "Can you prove that we're all going to stand face to face with Jesus Christ one day? Or will you admit that your beliefs are based on nothing more than blind faith, just like the beliefs of a Muslim, a Hindu, a Sikh, a Jew, or any other religious person, which means that there's no way that you can possibly know that your beliefs are any sort of truth?"

Why Did Jesus Remain Silent?

What if you knew tomorrow would be your final day on earth? How would you prepare? Why did Jesus remain silent when questioned by Pilate? Why didn't He defend Himself against the accusations?

Billy Graham: Jesus Sacrificed His Life Willingly for Our Sins

Why, then, didn't He flee during those final days? The reason is simple: He knew the time had come for Him to die. His death, however, would be no ordinary death, because through His death He would become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. Jesus didn't come into the world by accident, nor did He die by accident. He came into the world according to God's plan, and His purpose was to provide the way for us to be saved.

Greg Laurie: Words Matter

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'"- Matthew 5:37 During the days of the early church, thousands lost their lives because they would not say two words: Kaiser Kurios, which means "Caesar is Lord." That's because they understood that words matter.

The Gospel Makes What Was Toxic Alive Again!

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Mark 2:17 Don't be foolish and measure health the way the world does. Apart from Christ, no one recovers from sin. Life comes to those whom Christ makes new.

Discerning Your Seasons of Life

As I write this, we are approaching spring on the calendar, but today is a cold day that follows two warm, very nice days. A couple weeks ago we had 17 inches of snow on the ground. A couple days ago I was able to run outside in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. Warmer days are predicted later this week.

A Brief Defense of Believer's Baptism

Last week my good friend Kevin DeYoung posted an article on his blog titled, A Brief Defense of Infant Baptism. I thought it might help everyone to hear a brief defense of believer's baptism, or what we typically refer to as credo baptism. What follows is not a response to Kevin's arguments, but simply an outline of the reasons why I remain a credo-baptist.

Does Jesus Really Understand Our Trials?

Distressed? Agitated? Afraid? Would you use these words to describe Jesus? Most of us would not. However, in Mark 14:32-34 above, we read that Jesus experienced emotions just like the rest of us.

Why Theology?

I often hear people wonder aloud: "Why theology? What's the need for theology? Doesn't it serve only to divide people and align them on opposite sides of issues that ultimately don't matter much anyway? Shouldn't we simply serve God and let him sort out the options once we get to heaven?

Why did God do it that way? Dealing with our Doubts

People often mistakenly think I never have doubts about my faith in Christ or that everything in Christianity makes perfectly good sense to me. Quite honestly, that's not true. I often find myself asking why God did what he has done

Billy Graham: God Calls Us to a Higher Standard Than the World Does

Don't take what others do as your standard - whether it involves your speech, your inner thoughts, your actions, or anything else. God calls us to a higher standard because He calls us to be like Christ and to put Him first in our lives. The Bible says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2).

Jesus Loves Haters

Using the word conveys deep-seated feelings towards a person or thing. Being on one end of hatred-hating a person or thing or being hated, causes animosity, resentment, discouragement, bitterness, and anger. While many know the word hate, the word hater is not as widely recognized.

Top 5 Bible Verses on Receiving Blessing

Are you interested in knowing what Scripture has to say about the many blessings of God? If so, then take a look at the top five Bible verses on receiving blessings:

Billy Graham: Treating Your Depression Is Not a Sin

Is it a sin for me to take medicine for depression? I worry about this, because someone in my church said that if we're right with God we won't be depressed. The medicine really helps me, but I need to know if I'm doing something wrong.

Why Are You Here?

Why are you here? There are many possible answers. But, perhaps the most important answer is the one we think about the least.