Will we learn from our failings?

Spiritual awareness is indispensable as we try to maneuver through this challenging life. Even as Christians, we know we’ll fail at times and the Lord is ready to forgive (1 John 1:7).

We exhibit righteousness so as to minimize the sin in our lives (Romans 12:1-2). The Lord is forgiving and patient but he has limits (Ephesians 5:1-14). He knows the spiritual direction we are traveling and we must remain in the light. Continue reading “Will we learn from our failings?”

Cure for the incurable

The other day I was reading the paper from the Doctor’s office on colds and flu. As far as I can make out, what they were saying was that in a world where we can cure cancer and do brain surgery, where we can put a man on the moon, and microwaveable burritos can be served in two minuets fifty seconds, in this amazing world, they still haven’t found a cure for the common cold. Continue reading “Cure for the incurable”

Does sin really exist?

“Man, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20).

Most of us can identify with Charlie Brown. We set some goal: “This time, I’m going to kick that football!” then somebody pulls the ball away at the last second, and we fall flat on our back. But there was one man in the Bible who set his sights high, and got even more than he asked for. That was because his goal was to encounter Jesus. Continue reading “Does sin really exist?”

What happens when we ignore the Composer?

“Be cleansed” (Luke 5:13).

Behold the impact of Jesus’ words:

  • Jesus said, “Be still!” and the storm stopped immediately (Mark 4:39)
  • Jesus said, “Be cleansed,” and the leper was cured instantly (Luke 5:13).
  • Jesus said, “Come forth,” and Lazarus walked out promptly (John 11:43).
  • Jesus said, “Come out” and demons fled fearfully (Luke 4:35-36).
  • Jesus said, “Let there be” (Genesis 1:3,6,14) and the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, sprang into existence from nothing, unhesitatingly (Exodus 20:11; Psalm 146:6; John 1:3).

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Tear it out

“If the priest examines it, and indeed the plague has faded after washing it, then he shall tear it out of the garment, whether out of the warp or out of the woof, or out of the leather” (Leviticus 13:56 NKJV).

Most modern readers of the Bible avoid the book of Leviticus, arguing that it is only a list of obsolete rules that no longer pertain to us, and besides, who can understand all that strange language? Though I agree that much of the reading is tedious at best, I believe there is much of value to be gleaned from its regulations. Continue reading “Tear it out”

“Greater sinners…”

“Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans?” (Luke 13:2, NASB).

Is there such a thing as one sin being greater than another?

Jesus was asked about some Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. Josephus wrote about skirmishes between the Jews and the Romans – particularly around Jewish feasts – that resulted in heavy bloodshed (Pulpit Commentary). Perhaps such an event is here referenced. Continue reading ““Greater sinners…””

Are we wheat or weeds?

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just take away the evil from the world? One of the arguments offered against God is that bad things happen. The argument goes something like this: if God is all-knowing, then he would know when bad things were about to happen. If he knows this, then he should do something to prevent the evil from taking place. If not, then there is something wrong with God. Rarely do people realise that in reality there is something wrong with their thoughts. Continue reading “Are we wheat or weeds?”

Be precise when discussing worry and sin

The pursuit of truth requires patience, attention and precision. We need to be able to take issues apart so we can express perfectly what Scripture teaches. A lack of precision can lead souls away from God.

Humans see pain as inherently bad, when it isn’t. Pain is a symptom, not the problem. It alerts our bodies to illness, injury or danger. If we couldn’t feel pain, we would remain in mortal danger. Continue reading “Be precise when discussing worry and sin”