Everybody feels guilt. Basically that’s a good thing. God put consciences inside us to tell us when we do what’s wrong. Our guilty consciences make us aware of our need for Jesus’ forgiveness. Guilt is like the pain nerves in our skin. We don’t like it when those pain nerves are screaming from a cut or bruise, but they tell us we have a problem that needs attention.
The gospel message of Christ’s forgiveness takes away guilt. Satan can’t stand... Read More
What would you think of an NFL team that insisted its offense needed to gain only five yards for a first down or that its touchdowns should count as nine points? You’d say it’s dreaming and it’s in for a bitter surprise when it has to play a real game.
Satan wants to encourage people to make up their own religion. He lies to them and says, “Go ahead—make up your own rules of right and wrong.” Since the root... Read More
It’s relatively easy for us to see the sin of materialism in other people. When we as parents watch our kids opening birthday presents, sometimes we wince to see how quickly they descend into gloating, bragging, and fighting over the toys. But big people are not immune. Satan lies to us constantly, telling us that happiness comes from getting what we want, from acquiring things, from accomplishing our agendas.
Here’s the truth: true happiness and satisfaction come from trusting in... Read More
Every parent knows how tough it is to persuade kids to think ahead. They watch TV when their homework awaits. They play computer games instead of typing their report. They garbage up on junk food at 4:30 when a great supper is coming at 5:00. The default position of the human brain is to care only about right now. There is no tomorrow.
Adults have the same temptations, though your evasions may have gotten a little more sophisticated. Satan thinks... Read More
Everybody wants to feel good about himself or herself. Ah, but Satan, who is trying to destroy you, manipulates this desire and lies to you. We all want to know the answer to a crucial question: Does God like me? Am I good enough for him?
Satan will push you into one of two directions: one is misery and depression as you realize in shame that you are no good at all (see Lie #1). Or he’ll do the flip... Read More
When Satan fails to stop someone from becoming a Christian, he switches to Plan B and tries to make that person’s faith as invisible as possible and to make that person’s witness and example as ineffective as possible so that no one else will be infected with Christianity. So he tells you lies like, “Your faith is purely personal and private. It is nobody’s business what you believe.”
What nonsense. Jesus gave his life for you and gave your faith... Read More
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Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
This powerful little carol has so worked its way into people’s hearts all over the world that it isn’t really Christmas unless you sing it at least once, preferably on Christmas Eve, preferably with the lights down low, children’s faces lit only by the lights on the Christmas... Read More
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given,
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” says St. John in the prologue to his gospel (1:1). And what a mighty Word he is! Words communicate important information. In person Jesus came to reveal the true God... Read More