The story of the human race began so well. The first people, Adam and Eve, lived in total harmony with each other and enjoyed their first Sabbath-rest with their God. But Genesis 3 came after Genesis 2. The holy couple chose Satan and his empty promises rather than God, and they invited every manner of corruption into their once-perfect lives.
Guilt and fear replaced innocence in their relationship with God. It got worse. Genesis 4 followed Genesis 3. Cain's hatred... Read More
Have you ever noticed that your praying tapers off when you have a guilty conscience? Guilt makes us slink away from God’s presence instead of running to meet him.
One of the greatest things about life in heaven someday is that we will be pure and sinless forever. Never again will we hurt or disappoint our heavenly Father. Never again will we feel shame and guilt.
The Bible says in 1 John 3:2, “What we will be has not yet... Read More
If you listen for it, you will hear the word heaven pop up in people’s talk now and then. “Heavenly” desserts and chocolate treats, Caribbean cruises, and therapeutic massages are all nice. Unfortunately, the things we call heavenly on earth are pale shadows of the grand reality.
In heaven your pain will be gone. You will get back all the Christian friends and loved ones that you laid to rest. You will live in absolute security, bothered no longer by... Read More
I’ve occasionally heard people say, “I don’t need money, fancy vacations, fame, or a huge home as long as I have my health.” Well, what if you don’t have your health anymore? Most baby boomers will remember a famous line from The Who song “My Generation” that talked about hoping to die before getting old. Are you afraid of the aging process? Do you feel sick or weak or old right now?
If you’re a believer in Christ, you can... Read More
Bath time for small children is partly fun and partly an ordeal. There are plenty of giggles with the bubbles, but there will be angry shrieks when soap gets in their eyes. Some lab and marketing geniuses developed a “no more tears” children’s shampoo that takes the crying out of the experience.
Don’t you wish that you could shampoo your hair with some miracle substance in the morning that would guarantee that you wouldn’t need to cry that day? The... Read More
You can bear almost any burden if you think that tomorrow has a chance of getting better. If you’re laid off from work or have a major chronic illness, you dream about the next interview, the next operation. But when hopes are crushed, the light goes out in your eyes.
The stories of God’s Old Testament people Israel will break your heart. The years 721 and 586 B.C. mark the disintegration and collapse of the two kingdoms. But God told... Read More
Do you put off thinking about God because you are so ashamed of certain features of your life? Do you find it hard to pray because you’d feel like such a hypocrite? Have you sinned often, not out of ignorance but in spite of knowing better?
Are you possibly afraid of God himself? Are you afraid that judgment day will be terrifying because you are so unworthy? Are you afraid to die? Well, guess what—your Savior Jesus knew that you... Read More
There are some areas of human knowledge that are completely over my head. I know nothing of mathematical analysis or calculus. You can talk about it all day, and I won’t get a word.
Some people never studied a foreign language. They hear French or Arabic and hear only babbling, meaningless syllables.
Here is another example of how much God loves you: he gave you the plan of salvation in plain words you can understand, remember, and speak. The Bible... Read More
People get down when they feel that all their efforts are wasted and pointless. They get cynical and say things like, "Virtue is its own punishment" and "No good deed ever goes unpunished." We think we know too many stories about how cheaters prosper and the violent always win.
That's just bitter talk. Blind too. The Bible says that the Lord "blesses the home of the righteous. . . . You will go on your way in safety. . .... Read More
“It is not good for the man to be alone,” said God, as he created the first woman. It still isn’t good for people to be isolated. He made us to be social creatures. He also created the concept of the church because it is not good for people to be in spiritual isolation.
Satan has an easier time picking off the strays. Left to ourselves we can get lost, eat things not good for us, and fall prey to... Read More