What is predestined? (God’s plan or people’s actions)

What is Predestined? (God's Plan or People's Actions)

The Bible clearly teaches predestination but there is a huge confusion about what is predestined. Let’s examine the passages that describe predestination and carefully determine what is predestined? Is it God’s plan or people’s actions? What is predestined: God’s plan or people’s actions? As we examine the 2 passages that describe predestination, we need to be careful to determine what Continue reading What is predestined? (God’s plan or people’s actions)

God abhors laziness (he wants us to be working)

The Bible gives God’s judgement on laziness and slothfulness. It’s not a coincidence that the first chapter of the Bible begins with the creative work of God. Then after 6 days, he rested because the work was complete. That is not laziness, it is well-deserved rest. It’s not a coincidence that the last chapter of the Bible promises a reward Continue reading God abhors laziness (he wants us to be working)

The difference between sin and sickness

Repentance or Judgment vs. Healing of Sickness

What is the Biblical difference between sin and sickness? And why does it matter? The difference determines how to care for hurting people. People who are hurting from sin need to repent and be forgiven. People who are hurting from sickness need to be treated so they can be healed. If we confuse those concepts and try to forgive sick Continue reading The difference between sin and sickness

Can I change the meaning of the Bible?

I know a very nice family who have such a strong opinion on the meaning of one specific doctrinal point in the Bible they cannot have anything to do with any church that doesn’t agree with their position. As they have gotten more convinced of their position, they have reduced the number of churches that work for them, and sadly Continue reading Can I change the meaning of the Bible?

Why did Hezekiah smash the bronze snake that Moses had made? (2 Kings 18:4)

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (Numbers 21:8)

Hezekiah was one of the good kings in a long line of bad to worse kings that descended from Solomon’s sin of idolatry because of his foreign wives (1 Kings 11:1-3). Hezekiah restored the temple after his father, Ahaz, had defiled it and shut down the Levitical priesthood. You can read about this amazing work in 2 Chronicles 29-31. In Continue reading Why did Hezekiah smash the bronze snake that Moses had made? (2 Kings 18:4)

Three Sovereign Headships: Christ, Church, and Husband

I found this brick in my yard. It wasn’t being very brick-like: it wasn’t thinking like a brick, it wasn’t acting like a brick, it wasn’t exercising brick headship. So I sat down and gave it a stern rebuke and a long lecture on brickness. Then it started acting more like a brick by trying to be more brick-like. What!? Continue reading Three Sovereign Headships: Christ, Church, and Husband

7 Christlike behaviors we need to follow Jesus’s example

Christlike people follow Jesus’s example. Here are 7 things Jesus did for us that we need to do for others: love, live, die, intercede, forgive, restore, and encourage. Submit yourself to Jesus Christ and let him transform you into a Christlike person. God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. This power was given Continue reading 7 Christlike behaviors we need to follow Jesus’s example

What is intercession, interceding, and intercessory prayer?

Intercession is different than supplications, prayers, thanksgivings, advocating, and mediating. It is the opposite of sin missing the mark of God’s will (The controversy of sin). Intercession paints the word picture of guiding the believer to hit the bullseye of God’s will. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all Continue reading What is intercession, interceding, and intercessory prayer?

The just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)

God told Habakkuk the just shall live by faith, which answered a lament to God about evil and injustice in the land. It seems the whole world is going through the same kind of lament today. It seems like there are more wars, genocides, persecutions, murders, robberies, hacking, and crime every day. Where is God? In his complaint Habakkuk wrestles Continue reading The just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)

But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2)

Throughout history God has called people to love him more than themselves. On this one will I look: humble, repentant, and trembles at my word. Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My Continue reading But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2)