The holy prophets ridiculed idolators by noting all the things their idols could not do. They couldn’t even perform the basic actions of normal people, much less work godlike wonders. They had to be carried, because they couldn’t walk for themselves.
The true God walks. For the most part, walking is a metaphor for that continuing, deepening relationship that man can have with God. The Lord is a spirit, Jn 4.24, so he has no body and no legs with which to walk. The Bible uses figurative language for God’s actions, so we can better understand his nature and his will. But when God takes human form, he literally walks with and among mankind. Continue reading “The God who walks”
During the holidays, we pray that you and all of yours may be deeply blessed by your time with family and with your friends and loved ones, and by the food and other things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Timothy 4.3.
Our greatest prayer for those who are not yet in Christ is that they may have faith that obeys the Lord, and not just any faith; that they may know the truth which saves; that they may enter into Christ through repentance and immersion in water.
All other blessings are far inferior to the greatness of knowing God and the call to follow Jesus. Continue reading “The greatest prayer we can pray”
“God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light!” Genesis 1.3.
The Bible is God’s word. In it, God speaks to man. Originally, for the most part, it was a spoken word. Then he caused it to be written down.
Whether spoken or written, God’s word is the same and contains the same truth and power. Continue reading “Written or spoken, God’s word is powerful”
Earlier, we explored man’s identity and worth in terms of being created in God’s image. Today, a second truth gives us importance: we are the focus of God’s efforts to save.
Man’s identity and value to God become evident when his eternal plan is explored and appreciated. What makes his plan so impressive is its extension, its reach, and the cost required to carry it through. Continue reading “Who am I? The target of God’s redemption”
Who am I?” Probably all of us ask that question at some point in our lives. Deep down, we know this is one of those big questions that needs to be answered. Identity informs and determines one’s actions. We seem to know this instinctively.
It matters where we go, and whom we seek out, for the answer. Answers will vary depending on who we ask. Continue reading “Who am I? Here’s the first part of the answer”
A few school teachers seem to delight in failing students. They make up trick questions, use questionable methods, and prefer murky objectives and subjective grading. But God wants to give every child of his a passing grade, if we will but respond positively to his testing.
The Lord works for our success. He wants us to grow and be like him. He has our best interest at heart. God is good and desires to bless. “The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts” Proverbs 17.3. His testing has a good purpose. He hopes to bring out the best in us. Continue reading “The pudding is in the proof: God proves his people”
In our bathroom hangs a wall print of an antique phone with British newspaper ads in the background. It’s impossible to say if the ads were real ones from the late 1800s, or if they’re the product of some modern mind. They look real anyway.
One of the ads offers an old phonograph for sale, the kind with the immense flower-shaped speaker on top. At the bottom of the ad, in caps, is the underlined phrase, “HAVE IT NOW.” Continue reading “‘Have it now’”
There’s nothing worse than being alone. Spiritually, being alone means barrenness.
When Jesus spoke about his death, about himself, what he said also applies to his followers. Continue reading “The good death”
Writers of the various books and letters contained in holy Scripture sometimes spell out why they wrote. They include purpose statements or declarations of what they hoped to accomplish, what effect they hoped to have on their readers.
John was clear about the reason for taking up his quill—faith and life. Continue reading “What’s the Bible for?”
A person’s greatest possession is eternal life, exactly because it is more than a possession, but very existence. More than quantity, more than longevity, it is by nature the essence of Being.
Eternal life consists of knowing the true God and his Son Jesus Christ. “Now this is eternal life—that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent” Jn 17.3. Continue reading “The ultimate goal: Eternal life”