For years I misunderstood God. In my mind, He sought every opportunity to punish the wicked, particularly those who worshiped Him incorrectly. He loved His children but only out of obligation. If He allowed anyone into heaven, which almost never happened, He did so grudgingly. Continue reading Why God Loves to Love and How that Changes Everything
“Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, ‘My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?’” -2 Kings 5:13, NASB
Ironically, people are sometimes more willing to do difficult things than easy. Easy things seem beneath them. Too unsophisticated. They’d rather maintain their dignity and do something challenging than humble themselves and do something simple. Continue reading Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?
It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good. In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence. God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13). God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh. It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning. Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line
In a matter of weeks after Jesus’ crucifixion, thousands of Jews gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on the apostles, and Peter preached the first gospel sermon. 3,000 souls responded to the message and got saved. How did they do that? Continue reading How Did the First Christians Become Christians?
My last article ended with the question, “At what point in our faith do we die with Christ?” The answer is in Romans 6. The Roman Christians had died to sin, as verse 2 indicates.
We see the answer beginning in verse 3.
Do you understand how and why Christ’s death removes sin? Most people don’t. After this article, you may understand His sacrifice more clearly than ever before!
In the Old Testament, the Israelites offered sacrifices to be forgiven. However, God required more than merely killing animals. He required faith. And still does. Continue reading What Does Genuine Faith Require?