Not that long ago, reading Jesus’ words about “abiding in Him” in John made me wince. Why? Because grace-filled faith seemed like a Catch-22. I knew I needed to stop “performing for God,” stop trying so hard to earn God’s favor. But as far as I knew, the only way to stop performing was to try ha
What Is the Kingdom of God?
Mon January 7, 2019 · Comments If you were to put all the words of Jesus into one document, one of the first things you’d notice was how often Jesus talked about the kingdom of God. In fact, it's such an essential element of His ministry that we can't entirely understand the New Testament without it. But it's a topic that baffled both Jesus' followers and His critics What is the kingdom of God and how should we understand it? Let's look at…
How Does God See You?
Do you know that God thinks you’re fabulous? It’s true. If you don’t believe that, your battle against the dirty villains of motherhood is doomed from the start. Because before you can wield God’s mighty power, you must first believe that He is on your side. To ingest this truth deep in your heart, let’s look at some supporting arguments from scripture. 1. God created you, and you are His masterpiece. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my…
What Ticks Off God
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12 NIV) “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get” (Matthew 7:12 The Message). I was having a fun lunch with a friend when somehow we started sharing…
A Big God Can Answer Big Prayers
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by Your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for You!” (Jeremiah 32:17) “My Daddy can do anything” is the belief of most little children, because they perceive their father to be someone who is very strong and powerful. The good news for Christians is that our Heavenly Father is the only Father that definitely can do anything and everything because He is all powerful. The prophet Jeremiah said that our Heavenly…
How Can I Know God Personally?
Devote Yourself to Unselfish Religious Deeds Become a better person so that God will accept you? You may be surprised that none of those things will work. But God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him. In fact, God is passionate about a relationship with you! ( Exodus 34:14 CEB ) The following principles will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ… God’s Love “God so loved the world…
Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity?
Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity Last week, a student asked me about a challenge she received from a Muslim: Why does it matter if God is a Trinity? I’ve written before about how God’s Trinitarian nature affects prayer (I highly recommend the book quoted in that post, Delighting in the Trinity ), and here’s more from Justin Dillehay on “ Two Reasons the Trinity Matters ”: [T]he kind of God we have determines the kind of relationship we will…
How the Gospel makes Christianity Unique
Dr. Larry Moyer shares three ways the gospel makes Christianity unique among worldviews: 1. It tells how God became man 2. It tells how Christ paid the price...
Orthodox Jew finds Jesus! How God Poured out His Love to Me... in a Cup of Coffee!
Maybe I had made a mistake by believing in Jesus. Maybe this was God punishing me. Someone even told me that God did not love me anymore. I had to know!
"How valuable and unique our ordinary lives are"
#Reflection for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 14th June 2015, presented by Fr John Horan, Salesian. Jesus said to the crowds, ‘This is what the kingdom ...
Why Would God Create a Massive Universe?
Why Would God Create a Massive Universe From time to time, an atheist will say to me that the size of the universe is evidence that A) we’re insignificant, and B) it wasn’t created by God (since there’s so much “wasted space”). In his book Look and Live , Matt Papa reflects on a purpose for the massive size of the universe: One of the best places to see the glory of God is up. The Bible says “the heavens declare the glory…
10 Things You should Know about God's Omniscience
August 15, 2016 | By: Sam Storms The psalmist declares that our Lord is great “and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). We often talk about what we know and how we know, but rarely stop and ask: How does God know? What does God know? So today we turn our attention to ten things we should know about God’s knowledge. Continue reading The psalmist declares that our Lord is great “and mighty in power; his…
Wretched: A unique way to keep from sinning.
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Why Intelligent Design Isn’t a God-of-the-Gaps Argument
Why Intelligent Design Isn’t a God-of-the-Gaps Argument “Intelligent design is just a God-of-the-gaps argument,” exclaimed a prominent theistic evolutionist. We had just met, but I was shocked at what I was hearing. This kind of ignorance might be excusable from a person on the street, but not from an accomplished theistic evolution advocate associated with Biologos Unfortunately, this is a common tactic in these discussions. Rather…
Part 2: What Does It Look Like To Trust God?
I am God’s child – John 1:12 (p. 809*) I am a new person – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (p. 884*) I can boldly approach the Father (God) – Ephesians 3:12 (p. 896*) I can do anything He leads me to – Philippians 4:13 (p. 901*) I am a friend of God – John 15:15 (p. 824*) I am made right with and have peace with God – Romans 5:1 (p. 860*) I have been adopted by God – Ephesians 1:5 (p. 995*) I…
New Life Presbyterian Church of La Mesa (The Amazing Glory and Grace of God's Only Son
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.…
"My Prayer is that God Will Work in Your Lives the Same Way He Did in Mine...Thank You!"
By: Joni and Friends Wheels For The World When you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact changes every member of the family! Recently in Guatemala, Susana brought her five-year-old son, Marvin, with multiple disabilities to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World distribution. Feeling hopeless, exhausted, and out of options, Susana knew she could…
God's Story: Discover the Foundation for Faith in God
What has been your attitude toward Genesis? Have you argued with its history? Have you scoffed at its science? Have you rejected its theology? Could it be you have missed one of the most obvious facets of this fascinating book, which is that it is God’s eyewitness account of Creation? It is history from God’s …
What If There Was No God?
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