Some psalms are called wisdom psalms because they make a case for the primary importance of wisdom or instruct readers in dealing with questions, issues, and doubts that arise in life (see Pss 1, 14, 25, 34, 37, 39, 49, 73, 78, 90, 91, 111, 112, 127, 128, 131, 133, 139). Many other psalms contain elements of wisdom teaching (see Pss 18, 27, 31, 32, 40, 62, 92, 94, 107, 144, 146). (New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible Notes) Psalms Continue reading Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life
Just because you were born that way does not mean that you should stay that way Everyone is born a natural person with a human nature. They have instinctive needs for food, water, clothing, shelter. They have human desires for love and care. They have normal goals to grow up, raise offspring, and leave a legacy. They have innate tendencies to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way. And, the Bible tells us, everyone has inherited a fallen nature Continue reading I was born that way (and God doesn’t make junk)
Self-righteousness is the sin of justifying yourself. It comes in 2 different forms: Cain tried to hide his feelings of inadequacy and jealousy by being proud of his accomplishments, which didn’t work, and eventually caused him to murder his brother (Genesis 4) Nebuchadnezzar was so proud of his accomplishments that he believed he was greater than the power and glory of God, which cost him everything until he was humbled (Daniel 4) The first is a sad hypocritical attempt to Continue reading What about self-righteousness? (the damnable sin of justifying yourself)
There are 3 different perspectives among Christianity. Part of each perspective is absolutely true. But, as always, the truth is more nuanced and more complicated than any one of these individual perspectives. We will try to present the perspectives and leave it between you and the Holy Spirit to lead your conscience to make choices for your situation. The history of Halloween is easily researched in any dictionary, encyclopedia, or simple web search… Halloween – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, Continue reading Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Is demon possession real? Are evil spirits real? Yes, the Bible clearly speaks about demons and evil spirits. During this kind of possession, demons and evil spirits can actually control a person, which is much worse than demon oppression. The Bible warns it will get worse as the end times approach. But, a better question is, can Christians be possessed by demons and evil spirits? Many Bible scholars and commentators believe demons are powerful angels who joined Satan in his Continue reading What about demon possession and evil spirits?
Why is there evil in the universe? Is it because there is no God? Is it because God created evil? Is it because God is not powerful enough to eradicate evil? Or, is there another explanation? Philosophers and religious apologists have struggled and argued these questions for thousands of years, and I would be a fool to think I can solve the issue with a simple blog post, but since you have found your way here, please consider these Bible Continue reading The controversy of evil (If God is good, why does he allow evil?)
Predestination means foreordain, predetermine, decide beforehand, and appoint beforehand. This is different than foreknowledge (pre-knowing or prior knowledge). Almost all Christians agree with these 2 statements, but the biggest disagreement is what is predestined. It is a shame that Christianity has been so divided over the meaning of these words when used in 2 passages in the New Testament. Good, honest, God-fearing brethren in Christ have fought each other for centuries over these meanings. I do not pretend to be Continue reading What is predestination? (Is it foreknowledge?)
1) Prayers are hindered by lack of love All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is summed up in Christian love. When that love is missing or corrupted, then our prayers are hindered. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Continue reading 10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)
Here are 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving. This is a critically important subject. Forgiven people should be forgiving people. When you really understand God’s love, you will be able to forgive others because of his forgiveness. If you can’t forgive others, your prayers will be hindered. Please read and meditate on these verses… Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? (Genesis 18:24) And the Lord Continue reading 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving
Of all the things you should do each day: eat, sleep, work, exercise, and play, the one thing that Christians should do is spend time in the written word of God. Almost every Christian will agree this is important, and many have found strength and comfort in this practice. While some already have taken it to detrimental extremes, most people need to be encouraged, so here are some considerations for daily devotions.