June 26, 2016
Temptation is common to all human beings—including the one God became. Temptation is not the problem—how we respond to it is. Why are we tempted? How can we battle this temptation? Is temptation a battle we have to fight alone?
June 19, 2016
Christians fear doubt. We don’t want to be seen as “doubters”. We label people who are honest about their doubt as “shaky in their faith” or “doubting Thomases”. We have pat answers and we expect people to “put away” their doubts as though they aren’t real. As a result, many Christians deny their doubt—allowing it to build until it overwhelms them. How can we win the battle against doubt?
Mental and emotional illness is real—but is it spiritual? Is there a connection between mental and emotional illness and faith? How should Christians deal with these conditions in the people we love—and how should we deal with them in our own lives?
June 5, 2016
Americans admire warriors. We honor—even idolize elite military people. And sometimes we let that carry over to how we approach spiritual things. We want to fight—and we see ourselves as capable of winning the spiritual battles we encounter. But this fight is different than most of us understand. What is spiritual fighting, and how can we insure victory?
May 29, 2016
May 22, 2016
After hearing everything the writer of this letter has to say, his readers needed some final—and very basic—advice on how to live it all out. That advice is just as important to us today. In the end, it is all about living out faith—faithfully!
May 15, 2016
Because Jesus is so much greater than anything the Jews of the first century—or anyone since—has encountered, it is easy for those of us who know him to become comfortable. Sometimes too comfortable, thinking we can take God lightly, or even invent our own way to him. The danger of taking these roads cannot be overemphasized. The answer is to keep our focus on what God has done.
May 8, 2016
If we choose not to face God as judge by coming to him through faith in Jesus, who is he to us? The answer—he is Father. And not just any father, but the perfect one. The problem is we don’t always feel that. By understanding the true role of a father in our life, we understand that everything happening in our lives is being used by the perfect Father to build us into the person we were created to be!
May 1, 2016
How do you persevere in the face of all the challenges and disappointments we encounter in life? The answer is faith. But we need to truly understand what faith is—and God has given us many examples of people who are as flawed as we are, and yet stood before God in faith. If they can do it, so can we!
April 24, 2016
All of us will one day stand before God. The question is, who will he be in relation to us? It is a terrifying thing to stand before the living God—when he is our judge. Jesus gave us a way to avoid this—by accepting his forgiveness. But if we don’t persevere in our faith and reliance on him, we invite that terror.