When I was a teenager, Terry the pest control man came once a month to spray my parents’ house. We often talked about the Bible. In one conversation I asked him, “What if I murdered lots of people. Would I still be saved?” “Yes.”
Dumbfounded, I said nothing. How could God tolerate such blatant abuse of His grace? Doesn’t God’s grace demand our obedience?
A more important question is this: Do I abuse God’s grace and expect it to continue? I’m afraid sometimes I do. You probably do too. Here are four ways we abuse God’s grace. Continue reading 4 Ways Christians Abuse God’s Grace
Job’s three “friends,” Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, weren’t very friendly. Despite their sincere desire to help, almost everything they said to Job served to tear him down. Without mercy, they falsely condemned him as a horrific sinner who deserved every ounce of his suffering.
We must avoid their tactics if we want to please God at how we conduct ourselves in conflict. In this two-part series, we’ll look at 10 ways to do just that. Continue reading 10 Ways to Fight Fair
I must admit, I know very little about suffering. Sure, I’ve endured minor back pain for years, I’ve lost some relatives, I’ve been close to Christians who rejected the Lord and broke my heart; but those problems pale in comparison to other people’s problems. Continue reading When Life Hurts
Yesterday, Cincinnati city leaders admitted to an emergency response failure in the recent death of Kyle Plush. Pinned by a seat in his minivan while reaching for his tennis gear, the 16-year old called 911 twice but tragically suffocated to death waiting for police to rescue him. Officers couldn’t find him in time since they lacked key information from the 911 calls. Continue reading Why Doesn’t God Always Answer Our Spiritual 911 Calls?