Much of what people believe about the Magi comes from tradition, art, Christmas cards and carols. The Bible does not say that they were three in number, that they were kings, or that they rode camels. We need to remind ourselves that we are not dealing with superstition, but with real history. The visit […]
Our culture believes that truth is made not found. The world’s view of truth is the exact opposite of what scripture teaches in Isaiah 59:14. In our culture everyone is entitled to his own truth. To suggest that you might be right about your beliefs and that others might be wrong is about the greatest […]
Materialism occurs when the physical takes precedence over the spiritual. Materialistic people define themselves by their possessions. Materialism is focusing one’s desire upon gaining more things. The trap is that the more one gets they are never satisfied with what they have. These are people who have more money than they’ve ever had but are […]
There are strategic events in the life of a church which can lead to either growth or decline. The church is at its essence an organism. In fact the church of Jesus Christ is the only spiritual organism in the world. The church is an organism, but it is an organism that requires organization. All […]
We can be prone to think that our primary problem lies outside of us. We often identify the things that happen to us and the way that we are treated as the source of our problems. But Jesus raises the level of the discussion in Mark 7 and lets us in on the true source […]
God has set a boundary on human sexuality and that boundary is marriage. Our culture mocks at this as antiquated and puritanical. Sex is a fire and marriage is the fireplace in which God has decreed it should burn. When that fire goes beyond the protection of the fireplace it brings devastation and destruction.
Most of us would say that this commandment is not relevant to my life. Yet we have all committed murder in our hearts (Matthew 5:21-22)! Jesus declares that anger and slander are equivalent to murder in the sight of God. Anger is at the root of murder and from God’s perspective deserves the same punishment. No […]