One of today’s popular phrases goes something like this: “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” By this people seem to mean that they are vaguely aware that there is more to life than making babies, making money, and making a name for themselves. Alas, those same people are pretty vague about what that spirit is or where it comes from.
Here’s the real spirit we need to be spiritual—the Holy Spirit, person #3 in the Holy Trinity. Through the Word... Read More
By now you know that God is a judge and that he will evaluate every human being who has ever lived. He holds the world accountable for all thoughts, words, and deeds.
But God is no ordinary judge. A judge at a track and field meet would be disqualified for cheating if he helped a long jumper avoid scratching or grabbed the pole-vaulter’s pole so it wouldn’t knock down the bar.
Here’s what I love about God—he not only came... Read More
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
couldn’t put Humpty together again.
King’s horses and king’s men can’t put the broken world back together again either. The best and brightest brains in human history have struggled with devising ways to get God (or the gods) to like us again, and what have they come up with? Witch doctors. Voodoo. Chanting, dancing, and meditation. Human sacrifice.
God’s wonderful Word tells us what we could never have figured out by... Read More
Call me naïve, but there was a time when I didn’t know what an “intervention” was. An intervention is a circle of friends who gang up on an alcoholic or drug abuser to tell him the truth, to break down his rationalizations and protective defenses, and get the message through that he is on the path of self-destruction.
All of us—every man, woman, and child who ever lived—is a sinaholic, addicted to the lies and ways of Satan and hostile... Read More
Does the concept of a national day of prayer resonate with you? I could understand if it didn’t. You may say that it’s not the government’s job to call people to prayer—it’s the church’s job. And in a sense you’d be right.
But any government has a lot to gain from inviting its citizens to pray for the country’s well-being. Since Christians (me included) are so often lazy and forgetful, we can stand the reminder. Besides, God himself encourages believers... Read More
May I say that I generally am not fond of my children having the last word? All too often that last word is a complaint or criticism, usually accompanied by eye-rolling, sighs, or tsking.
May I say also that I am ecstatic that my Savior always has the last word? Risen from the dead, ascended to heaven to the supreme seat of power over all things, the Lord Jesus has the final say over everything that happens on planet Earth.... Read More
You’ve heard stories about how shipwreck survivors, marooned on a desert island, put desperate messages into bottles and threw them back out into the surf. Talk about long shots! For all they knew, those messages were never going to connect with anybody.
Some fearful or cynical people view prayer in the same way—as a forlorn exercise in communication futility. “Nobody’s listening and nobody’s coming to help” sums up their pessimism.
Not so fast. The God who created us and redeemed... Read More
Can you imagine trying to assemble an automobile without an instruction manual? Absurd. Impossible. Can you imagine trying to figure out the meaning of the universe and the meaning of you without blueprints from God? Absurd. Impossible.
One of God’s most precious gifts to you, a gift that shows how highly he values you, is his Word, the Bible. He wants you to know what he’s like, what he’s done, how he thinks, how he talks. St. Paul praised the... Read More
Are you one of those people who hears the stories of the amazing person and work of Jesus Christ, who marvels at his love and victories, but fears that all those good things must be for somebody else? Do you have trouble believing and trusting that the great benefits of salvation in Christ could really apply to you? I mean you personally?
It is for just such fears that the Lord sets a table and invites you. Come to his... Read More
Everybody knows the rules of what the legal system is supposed to do: acquit the innocent and convict the guilty. Convicting the innocent is called a miscarriage of justice, and acquitting the guilty is called corruption. Even Judge Wapner and Judge Judy know that.
You and I and every other person on earth are hurtling toward a courtroom where we will have to give an account for all the years of our existence. The guilt you so often feel in... Read More