Ministry of restoration (restoring a right relationship with God)

As Christians share the ministry of reconciliation to the world, they need to remember the ministry of restoration for each other. This is the amazing message that God has already done the work through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to restore the relationship between you and God. If any of your sins have separated you from Continue reading Ministry of restoration (restoring a right relationship with God)

Does my help come from the hills?

The southwest corner of the temple mount

Some of the most beautiful messages of help are from the Songs of Ascents that pilgrims sang as they ascended up to Jerusalem and up the southern steps to the temple. Psalm 121 is one of the most famous ones that starts with the question, “Does my help come from the hills?” The answer is stunning, thrilling, and beyond awesome. Continue reading Does my help come from the hills?

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

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)

2 Chronicles 16:9 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him

This message from Hanani the seer to King Asa proves the Lord is strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. But, there is an often missed warning in the second half of the verse. I apologize that this post is too long, but you need to get the context to understand the promise and the Continue reading 2 Chronicles 16:9 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him

The secret to real peace

There are many self-help DIY approaches to achieving the nirvana of peace, but the only proven method requires help from the God of peace. Here are 4 Bible truths that give real peace instead of fear, anxiety, discouragement, and depression; hope instead of suicide; and help instead of suffering. These are the Bible truths that cured me from anxiety attacks Continue reading The secret to real peace

Matthew 7:3 the mote in your friend’s eye

Jesus Christ taught shocking doctrines that destroyed the self-righteous pride and hypocritical judgment of the scribes and Pharisees. Here is one of those doctrines that made them hate him and plot to kill him. Before Christians try to judge the tiny mote of sin and failure in their friend’s eye, they must judge their own sins first. I am ashamed Continue reading Matthew 7:3 the mote in your friend’s eye

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5)

The Mosaic Ten Commandment Law taught the Israelites to be good, honest, loving neighbors. But, Jesus Christ showed the ultimate meaning of the law when he taught we are to love our enemies. “‘He who strikes any man mortally shall surely be put to death. He who strikes an animal mortally shall make it good, life for life. If anyone Continue reading Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5)

Good boss, bad boss, and what to do about it

We all live in relationships with other people. Some relationships are between symmetric peers with equal power. Some relationships are between unequal people with asymmetric power at different ends of the power spectrum. In Bible times, the most powerful people were masters and the least powerful were slaves. Now, we often call a powerful person: president, chief, employer, leader, supervisor, Continue reading Good boss, bad boss, and what to do about it

More impossible ways to lose your salvation

NO ENTRY SIGN SIGNIFYING IMPOSSIBLE WAYS TO LOSE YOUR SALVATION

The title of this post is an oxymoron (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction) on purpose. All of the following impossible things would have to happen for you to lose your salvation. None of these things can happen. There is no unsecurity of the believer. Therefore, you can be confident your salvation is secure. Continue reading More impossible ways to lose your salvation