Q: I've tried several times to read the Bible, but I've finally given up. It's just too big and too confusing. Maybe it's just for preachers and Bible teachers and people like that. I know I sure haven't gotten anything out of it.
Creatures with wings and harps, babies with a bow and arrow, and halo-singing children are some of the popular images of angels in our world today. Some images are accurate (as far as the Biblical record goes: some do have wings), and some images are down right strange. But the truth is, angels fascinate people.According to author, Ron Rhodes, "angels have infiltrated the popular culture big time. Indeed, interest in angels is virtually soaring across the religious spectrum in North America-from
I'm privileged to host a call-in radio broadcast called "Theology Thursday" (http://star88.fm/media_theologythursday.asp) on Star 88. On this broadcast we answer a host of questions on various Biblical topics. This past week we covered angels and demons, with great questions from our listeners. Because of the general interest, here are some quick facts about angels and demons.
One of the lingering problems with which premillennialism must deal is the end of death at the Second Coming of Christ. We read this in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, "When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.' 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'" (1 Corinthians 15:54-55).
I have a confession: I'm a glutton for knowledge. And, yes, I know Solomon's adage: "much study wearies the body" (Ecclesiastes 12:12b). But Solomon also challenged us to seek wisdom more than silver and gold (Proverbs 2:4). True, I am a little weary-at times-of the work that goes into learning, but I can't help it; too many things fascinate me. So I continue to learn, study, and attend schools to acquire even more of that elusive thing called wisdom.
We must never forget that our knowledge of God is a gift, not a given. What I mean by this is that we all too often presume that what we know of God is either something we gained by self-exertion, dedication, and study, or it is something we deserve, perhaps something that is our by right or entitlement. We should never treat the knowledge of God as a given. It is something he gives, and he does not give it universally.
Think about your spouse. When I talk with couples who are struggling, I often hear things like: "He's different. He didn't use to be like this. When we first got married he was always so attentive to my needs. He always put me first and was so sensitive to ask how I was doing and how I was feeling. But in recent years he's become so self-absorbed. He won't listen to me. He no longer respects my opinion. We always have to do what he wants, go on vacation where he prefers, watch his favorite TV sh
Jesus falls well short of that kind of love and kindness we've come to expect of him. His first reaction is to ignore her presence altogether. Then, when he does speak, he denies her request. If that weren't enough, he then goes on to insult her, calling her a "dog"! What in the world is going on here?
The work of Bible translation is very complicated, and misunderstanding easily arises. We do not have the original Hebrew/Aramaic Old Testament or the original Greek New Testament as written by inspired men of God. What we have is an Old Testament in Hebrew/Aramaic and thousands of Greek manuscripts of part or all of the New Testament painstakingly copied and passed on to us through the centuries.
How do we keep free from the love of money? Where do we find the power to remain satisfied and content with what we have? Through what means do we resist the temptation to lie and steal and sacrifice our families for the sake of greater gain? The author of Hebrews was unmistakable in his answer. It comes from knowing and trusting and enjoying the unending presence of God.
She turned her back on an upper middle class Jewish upbringing and lived in a Hindu ashram as a monastic nun for 20 years. After a desperate and exhaustive pilgrimage, she finally found the truth in Jesus Christ.
I'm not a huge fan of ranking the comparative benefits or blessings of the gospel. That being said, J. I. Packer has argued that adoption into the family of God as spiritual sons and daughters is the greatest blessing of the gospel. Others prefer justification, the truth that through faith we are declared righteous in Jesus. Occasionally you will hear someone talk about forgiveness of sins or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the greatest benefit we gain through faith in Jesus.
"And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy-the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you"-Romans 12:1-2 (TLB).
Can you imagine attempting to make foreign policy and ignoring the reality of these words? Oh, right. It is our policy to ignore these words.24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands...
This passage is frightening because it tells us that it is possible to think we are honoring God by using the appropriate words, singing orthodox and doctrinally deep songs, and praying articulate and passionate prayers, all the while our heart is miles away. Think about it for a moment: you can give every external appearance of drawing near to God in worship when in fact your heart is distant and disengaged and all that you do actually dishonors him!
If Jesus is alive, if Jesus was truly raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father where he is ruling as sovereign Lord over all of heaven and earth, what in the world is Paul doing in prison? There's something wrong with this picture!
While Peter and the other disciple raced toward the tomb together, I wonder what they were thinking. Were they ready to begin a massive hunt for the body? Were they ready to fight whoever had removed Jesus' remains?
I bought one of those sensational newspapers you get at the supermarket. It had a story about someone who claimed they died and then came back to life, and they said this finally proves there really is life after death. Is this right?
How do you actually know God is talking to you? Every believer wants to hear from God. Why would you follow God closely if you didn't want to know His voice or hear what He has to say? We want to know...Is this God?...Is this what He is telling me to do?...or...Am I being swayed by the circumstances of my life?
And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lemá sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34 The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be
Jesus died for you. He was resurrected for you. He gave you life. He gave you the opportunity to tell your kids how special he is to you. Do your kids know how special he is to you? Here is a way to let them know.