Genesis is the book of beginnings. Specifically, the book is about the beginning of the human race. In Genesis we learn
God alone is the creator of the universe
God created man to be in relationship with Him
Man broke that relationship by disobeying the command of God
We then see that God is a God of judgment
God made provided a means to repair that relationship
God defined some rules for Adam and Eve. They broke those rules and sinned against God. The result was separation from God, i.e. spiritual death. But they also received physical death as a ...
People have a propensity to believe many strange things. My uncle-in-law believed that professional wrestling (or “rasslin’” as he called it) was the real deal. I was a high school wrestler and did a bit of it college, so I knew the difference. But there was no convincing him.
Then I had an aunt who believed that if you got your hair cut on the full moon, it would grow faster. Through the years I have tried to pay some attention to this one, but I have never seen it to be true. In fact, this past week I asked my hair stylist about it and she didn’t give it much ...
We have four gospels in the Bible for a purpose. Each contains its own message to fulfill the purpose for which it was written. Matthew and John were both concerned with how Jesus’ death fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures. Luke, on the other hand, wrote to show that even in death Jesus was the forgiving Messiah. Jesus forgave those who sought Him up to His final minutes on the cross. Luke 23:39-43 says,
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do ...
My wife was at a public meeting the other night. While manning the table for the health department, a man came up to her and made a very interesting comment. He asked, “What is the difference between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama?” He then proceeded to answer his own question.
He said, “Under Reagan we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. But under Obama we have no “Cash” and no “Hope.”
I would like to consider the concept of “hope.”
Hope is a Reflection of My Relationship with God
Hope is often misunderstood. We often use hope as a substitute for ...
I wonder if there are any of us who have not before or are not now facing a situation that is so terrible that we cannot possibly see a way out. It could be a financial pit that seems bottomless. It could be sickness. It could be that someone you depended on has died. In fact, it could almost be anything that seems to cripple you as you try to move on in life.
When we come to these dead and dying situations we come to a halt in our life. We pray and it seems that God does not hear us. We call out to God but we don’t get the results for which we long. Have you ever ...
Jesus was without doubt the best teacher of all time. Two prominent techniques the Master used included asking questions and telling stories. When telling stories, Jesus always tied them into the culture of His time. When we read the stories He told, that is the parables by which He taught, we often miss the point of the parable.
First, we need to think about what a parable is. A parable is a story with two levels of meaning, where certain details in the story represent something else. Our task is to determine how many details in the story should stand for other ...
I have been pondering Matt. 5:16 this week. It reads, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” This is an important verse and many of us have memorized it. But, do we often consider what it means to us as saints of Christ. “Saints” is an interesting concept. All who trust in Christ alone for salvation are called saints in the Bible. Perhaps a short story will help us understand, from a child’s perspective, what a saint is.
A young boy went with his parents touring around Europe one summer. ...
The Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) consists of evangelism and discipleship. We may not be gifted in both of these areas, but we are directed to do both. Evangelism seems to be the tougher of these two components for us to obey. That’s because evangelism is scary. Our fear to speak to others about the saving grace of God through Christ is often seen by the unsaved would as shame. Yet, we should not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Rom 1:18); rather, we should understand that apart from faith there is no way for anyone to come to Christ (Rom 3:28).
Now here is the ...
When we trust in Christ, we begin a great journey. This journey is not always easy, but the outcome is certainly life-changing. I was looking at Titus 1:1-3 recently. The passage reads:
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior… (NKJV)
The church is the assembly of all people past, present, and future under the headship of Jesus Christ (Eph 1:22-23). It consists of the:
The universal church—all believers in heaven or on earth;
The visible church—local congregations of close acquaintance; and
The local church—the particular assembly of the individual.
The church came into existence when the Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost (Act 4:1-4). The church is both an organism (“the body of Christ” or the “bride of Christ”) and an organization (“the temple of God” or ...