God’s judgment follows human sin. Always. Universally. Inescapably. That judgment came crashing down on the Egyptian enslavers of the Israelite people. The Israelites were sinners too, and they also were at risk of the angel of death.
God’s mercy, however, always provides an escape from judgment, and his Word shows the way. Through Moses he told the believers among the Israelites, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of... Read More
It’s been over 20 years since The Lion King was released. And for the past 20 years, parents and commencement speakers have passed along the wisdom that Mufasa shared with his son Simba: “Remember who you are. You are my son.”
It wasn’t easy for that lion cub. And it’s not easy for us as we’re on the run from Satan, who prowls around like a roaring lion.
Satan tries to mess with your thinking. “You’re a grown-up now, why... Read More
We are born, all of us, with GDD—Gratitude Deficit Disorder. The notion that everything good in our lives was given by a gracious God has to be revealed to us. Without that critically important information from the Bible, we would live in the delusion that we made everything ourselves, or worse, that we were at the mercy of the gods of luck.
Learning to say thank you to other people is also learned behavior. We see ingratitude in our children... Read More
You would think that every man, woman, and child among the Israelites who had experienced the stupendous display of God’s power during their exodus from Egyptian slavery would be ready for anything. You would think that they would fear nothing, knowing the immense power of heaven that was behind them. Well, maybe for a bit, at first, but the passage of days and weeks of some hardships caused their courage to melt away.
Ten of Moses’ twelve scouts brought back... Read More
People draw conclusions about God in lots of ways. The Bible tells us all people have a hunch about the divine from his law written in their hearts. That helps with civic order but is inadequate for salvation. Nature inspires awe for God. We love what he created and think of his attributes. I think God’s favorite color is green. But these conclusions are incomplete at best. The most complete understanding of God comes from his Word and the Word... Read More
Have you ever heard of the generational theory? The concept is that there are very different cultures, including money cultures, depending on how old you are. People from the Depression/World War II generation (the “Builders”) hate debt, whereas people from the iPod generation (the “Millennials”) tend not to worry about borrowing. Builders pay cash; Millennials just get another credit card.
When it comes to borrowing, the Builders are wiser. Every financial planner worth a dime will tell you to pay... Read More
I have a few friends who homeschool their children. The vast majority of their fellow citizens, however, joyfully take advantage of the best schools that they can find.
Should parents homeschool their children in the Christian faith? In fact, raising your children in the training and instruction of the Lord is not optional for Christian parents. But even for strongly Christian families with regular home study and prayer, a Christian nurturing community is a valuable partnership in passing on the... Read More
Thanks to online banking, barely anybody actually reconciles a checking account anymore. You know, instead of just making sure you have enough in your account, you make sure your bank account is right, that your entries match the bank’s entries.
Because of the diminishing use of the word, it might be tempting to overlook how often—five times in the following four verses—the apostle Paul uses some form of the word reconcile.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a... Read More
Between the messages the world tells you and the things you know about yourself, I bet you could come up with a whole list of the reasons you are a screwup. Over and over your conscience would whisper that you are quick-tempered, conniving, unlovable, judgmental, and weak. If you were left on your own, you might be tempted to truly believe the bad things you know about yourself.
That, right there, is the whole reason that when Jesus went back... Read More
The stories that children probably come to love first about Jesus involve his power. What a miracle worker he is! Lord of the sea, master of storms, conqueror of disease, victor over demons, raiser of the dead—there is nothing he can’t do. He is the ultimate superhero, cooler even than Batman or Superman.
As you get older, though, you come to appreciate Jesus even more in his acts of humble service. One of the most powerful stories in all of... Read More