“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?”
“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).
Continue reading “What happens when we ignore the Composer?”
“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”
“It is written…” (Luke 4:4,8,12)
It is no longer right to call wrong things wrong. That is, unless you believe all things should be right. That would make all wrong things and all right things right (head spinning yet?) Continue reading “Even right things can be wrong”
“If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?”
People have asked this question for generations without realizing the answer is obvious. Of course they would jump because countless people seem to believe the laws of nature don’t apply to them. Continue reading “You mean cause and effect are real?”
“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…””
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?”
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”
One seasonal task that my daughter and I enjoy doing near the end of summer is making our trademark herb vinegars.
There are important things to consider when working with fresh herbs. You don’t want to bruise the leaves while putting them into the jars. We always try for the best, most artistic composition of the herbs as we carefully place them down through the narrow bottle neck into the glass bottles. Continue reading “Dirty and dirtier”
Have you ever been hurt, so badly hurt you felt something had died inside of you? If you have, did you feel like you had spiritually and emotionally flat-lined? How do your recover?
It’s impossible to live for any amount of time and not be hurt. We all have wounds, because life isn’t fair. We suffer persecution. Simply living the Christian life is an affront to many people in society. It stirs up resentment among friends and neighbors. It certainly stirs up Satan, who will act. This is the crab in the bucket principle – they don’t want to change, they simply want to pull you back into the bucket with them. Continue reading “The God who heals”