Everybody, and I mean everybody, is lookin’ for love. I’ve never met anybody who had enough. We’re all somewhat insecure about being loved. You know what’s worse? Not knowing for sure if God loves you.
You can take great comfort in knowing that your life is not the result of some random string of evolutionary coincidences. The Bible tells you that God in love designed your very existence. Psalm 139 says, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together... Read More
There are times in our lives when we feel strong, smart, invincible, immortal, and totally in control. And then there are those times when we know we are broken, miserable, weak, lost, and trapped. The apostle Paul didn’t mind those times. Paul said, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Paul was strong because he turned to God, and God’s... Read More
Does it ever bother you that you are invited to worship a God that you can’t see? If there really is a divine Maker of this world, why doesn’t he hang around to let us get to know him? God’s seeming absence from this planet has led some to fear that we are all alone here and that there is nobody and nothing greater than man.
Ah, but that’s not so. The Bible says that at just the right time,... Read More
Here’s another question: Does the concept of God scare you? Does God seem remote to you—aloof, alien, totally unapproachable? Well, in a sense God has held himself at a distance from his creation. But the names he has chosen for himself reveal a great deal about his identity and purposes.
Look, for instance, at the names Jesus gave himself. His favorite term for himself is “Son of Man.” He could have called himself “Glorious King” or “Supreme Dictator,” but he... Read More
Here’s a question for you: Do you love God? It’s kind of hard to love someone whom you feel is judging you and condemning you, especially since you know you deserve his anger and punishment.
But guess what? The God who is holy is also the God who is kind. He commissioned his Son, Jesus, to rescue the world from hell and the grave. One of the Bible’s favorite names for Jesus is Messiah. This name refers to the one... Read More
What's in a name? How much can you tell about someone from his or her name? Well, you won't get much from mine. My name, Mark, means absolutely nothing. I guess my parents just liked the sound of it.
The names that God has chosen for himself, however, have great meaning. Take the name Jesus for example. The Bible says in Matthew chapter 1 that an angel came to a carpenter named Joseph to tell him that he would... Read More
Sociologists tell us that all change brings stress. They tell us that we can take on only one major change a year without serious emotional trouble. Some of these major changes are getting married, changing jobs, moving, and becoming parents.
Imagine how stressed out we would be if God were constantly changing on us. One of God’s characteristics that we don’t prize highly enough is that he is unchanging.
James says, “[God] does not change like shifting shadows.” (1:17). His... Read More
The ancient Greeks and Romans longed to connect with the great power of the world. They constructed for themselves an elaborate system of gods and goddesses whom they supposed had authority over the land, sea, sun, moon, and so on. But those gods and goddesses were just like them—big and powerful, but also jealous, petty, and vengeful.
How sweet it is for us to hear from the Bible that there is only one God and that he is holy and... Read More
One of the worst human burdens we have to drag with us each day is guilt. No matter how much we try to pretend that “we’re doing fine” and “everything’s wonderful,” each one of us has a conscience inside. That pure, moral voice tells us the ugly truth: we are not holy enough to deserve the approval of a holy God.
That’s why it’s so good to get to know the true God better. The Bible tells us that he... Read More