When you’re making a list of the things that make the world look out of control, surely death will be near the top. What is more terrifying than seeing someone you love in a coffin or watching your own life slip away? Undertakers do their best, but death is always ugly. It is a violent, unwanted intruder in the paradise that God first created. Has it stolen someone you love? Are you afraid of death?
In Luke chapter 7, the... Read More
It’s not so very hard to believe in a kind and loving God when your health is good, when you have enough money, and when people are being nice to you. I can’t blame you if your faith is shaken when it looks as though your life is going from bad to worse. When the angels fly over a children’s hospital, they can hear a steady stream of anguished cries from fearful parents geysering up to heaven.
Have you ever... Read More
One of the greatest things about living in America is that I feel that I can trust our military to be working for me. I don’t see soldiers very often. Once in a while I’ll see a military convoy on the interstate, a flag ritual at a veteran’s funeral, or the vapor contrail of a fighter aircraft high above. But even though I don’t see armed servicemen and servicewomen often, I know that they are on duty protecting our country.... Read More
Here’s a question for you: What thing most threatens your world? Who is your worst enemy? Some angry and bitter family member? Your boss? A serial killer? Suicide bombers? Stalkers?
Actually your worst nightmare comes from hell itself. Satan and the demons who live there, sad to say, have access to our world and are working to cause you pain and destroy you. Normally Satan presents himself as your friend, bribing you to sin with short-term blasts of pleasures and... Read More
On the face of it, you can understand why people think that God has lost interest in managing human history. Today we fret over full-scale jihad in the Middle East, shaky management of nuclear weapons, failed states that provide havens for terrorists, kleptocrats who plunder instead of govern, and terrible ongoing refugee crises.
Yet our loving God chooses to stay engaged with his world not only on the micro level—with you personally—but also on the macro level with the rise... Read More
Sometimes human life seems very tough and resilient. Who isn’t amazed at the pounding that football players and boxers can absorb and still keep going? How can a child fall down an entire staircase and bounce right back up? But sometimes we seem very, very fragile indeed. Sometimes people fall and don’t get up. Every mother’s nightmare is hearing that her child has been injured. But every mother’s comfort is knowing that all of God’s children are under God’s control.... Read More
What could be scarier than being sick—knowing that microscopic enemies of your health called viruses or bacteria have invaded you and are attacking your tissues? As you know, medical science has made incredible progress in resisting disease, yet hospitals are still full, and people still get sick. New human illnesses are discovered each year. When one scourge is brought under control, people find other ways to grow ill and die. My grandparents knew nothing of E-coli, HPV, and AIDS.
But... Read More
Quite a few of the founders of the United States were Deists—that is, they believed that God created the world and then basically let go of everything. The Deists gave God the Father credit for making everything, but they were skeptical of the Bible’s stories that God himself in the person of Jesus Christ actually came to earth to help the people who lived there.
Does it surprise you to know that God still keeps track of all his creatures,... Read More