How strong are you? How much of your world can you control? Can you bench-press 5,000 pounds? Can you lift a mountain? Can you change the weather? Well, of course you can’t.
But your God can. God is omnipotent. That means that there is no limit to his power. When God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, his disciples watched in awe as he showed total mastery over all creation. The gospel of Mark tells how Jesus’... Read More
Even tough guys are afraid to die. In the weeks following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., what became instant hot sellers? You got it—gas masks and vaccines. Terrorism does indeed breed terror.
We cling to life and do everything we can to preserve it. We pour billions into medical research and care. In the 1950s and 1960s, we built bomb shelters in case of nuclear attack. We work out, huffing and puffing on... Read More
Every boiler has a pressure gauge. That gauge is an extremely valuable indicator of the health of the system. The boiler engineer adjusts the pressure so that it stays within the limits for which it was designed. He doesn’t want it to blow open any joints or pipes on his watch.
When Christians suffer, and especially when they have it really bad, we’re tempted to think that God isn’t paying attention, or worse, doesn’t care. Did you know that the... Read More
We all expect to get sick now and then, and that doesn’t bother us particularly. But when serious illness strikes, it can turn our lives upside down. Sickness shatters our illusion of control. Major sickness can destroy your savings, your career, your future.
God is there for us when we need him. When we put our trust in him, we give him the chance to make the illness work for us. Once when Jesus’ friend Lazarus was seriously ill, everybody... Read More
People are intensely proud of their national flags. That simple piece of colored cloth evokes powerful feelings. Brits love their Union Jack, Canadians love their maple leaf, and Americans love their star-spangled banner. Flags give people a sense of history, of belonging, of place, of identity.
The message of salvation won for us by Jesus Christ is central to Christianity, and the symbol of the cross elegantly sums up his blood-purchase on our behalf. The most important message we have,... Read More
Every day you are reminded that there are some very wealthy people on this earth. You see their vehicles whiz by. You see the huge buildings they own. You don’t seem to have much by comparison. Every day people say and do things that make you feel worthless. Every day somebody makes you feel like a loser. Perhaps you call yourself a loser.
God happens to think that you are precious. Do you want to know just how valuable you... Read More
Why do you suppose so many people run away from God and try their best to avoid going to church? My guess is that a lot of people are afraid of getting hustled. They assume that the church just wants to take from them. They assume that Christianity is basically a load of rules that will just add to their life's burdens.
Would it surprise you to know that God's basic message to you is what he wants to give... Read More
We all sing the blues sometimes. What's in your blues song this week? Dumped? Betrayed? Broke? Hung over? Robbed? Hopeless?
It's hard to lift yourself out of the blues. Satan wants to keep you down, whispering "Loser!" in your ears. That's why God sends us friends whose words of praise or comfort can help us back on our feet.
The ultimate comforting friend is God the Holy Spirit. When I am plagued by doubts, and especially the worst of all... Read More
"What do I do now?" Have you ever groaned that question? What could be worse than confusion? Sometimes our choices in life all seem bad or they all seem dreadfully hard or there are so many different choices. Do you stick with a difficult boyfriend? Do you rat out a friend who is doing something illegal?
Do you help a child do math problems or make her figure them out on her own? Do you protect a coworker or tell... Read More
Are you a Star Wars fan? Remember how Darth Vader fought off all of Luke Skywalker's attempts to bring him back to the good side? Vader thought that he was too far gone. He had resigned himself to service to the evil emperor.
Perhaps you have felt that your sins are too great for God ever to love and accept you. Perhaps your years of guilt and shame keep you from God's house and enjoying the fellowship of God's other... Read More