Almost everyone I know has been through a period in their lives where hopelessness led them to consider suicide as an escape. We know the terrible pain and anguish of soul—brought from the past to torment us in the present—with nothing to be seen in the future but more suffering and more pain. We know how overwhelming suicidal thoughts swirl round and down unstoppable until there is no other possible way out. We survived, we made it, and so can you. Here is how… Continue reading 7 reasons for hope instead of suicide
Jesus warned against hypocritical groups who try to have godliness through their own rules and regulations above the commandments of God and setting their own rulers above the Holy Spirit in the lives of their congregation… Jesus told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.’ “You abandon the commandments of God Continue reading A form of godliness (show of religion, piety, holiness, outward righteousness)
The 2016 remake of Ben-Hur disappoints in almost every way. The story line had too many heroes vying for attention without enough development to make us care about any of them. The CGI graphics were way overdone for a movie that was supposed to be about real life. We can suspend disbelief for live action super-heroes, but not for mere men. The resolution denied the experience of any reasonable person who has ever dealt with longstanding anger issues. The only redeeming thematic feature of Ben-Hur Continue reading A critical review of a disappointing Ben-Hur remake
A father adopted a dozen children from different countries, from different tribes, and from different kindred. He loved them all and they all loved him and they all loved each other. Two or three were more scholastic than the others. Two or three were more athletic than the others. Two or three were more musical than the others. Two or three were more travelers than the others. Two or three were more homebodies than the others. They all loved each Continue reading A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children
God never intended for Christians to become weird introspective hermits living in a ghostly religious bunker separated from the world. If this is where you have ended up, please prayerfully consider the following… Adam’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 3) Mankind’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 6) Abraham’s obedience brings promise of blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12; Romans 4) The Jews to be an example to the entire world (Isaiah 43) Jesus Christ Continue reading Christian vs. the bunker mentality
Have you ever wondered if you’ve gotten so far away from God that he doesn’t notice you anymore? Or maybe you feel like God notices you, but he’s either angry with you for what you’ve done or doesn’t think you’re worth his time. In this message from Luke 15, Claude Hickman walks through three stories Jesus tells that all make one point. Jesus is the divine seeker.
All the man-made religions of the world teach you how to improve your zeal and your work to make yourself right before God. This turns into an endless treadmill of working harder with more zeal to overcome your sins. Jesus Christ defeated the treadmill, and he wants to give you the victory. Don’t fall victim to these fails.
No matter the pain and suffering you are going through right now, God has promised to deliver you from your struggle. He may not deliver you out of the trial, but he will definitely deliver you through the trial. The LORD is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1) God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Continue reading God has promised to deliver you