Biblical relationship checkup

This Biblical relationship checkup is designed to help couples in troubled relationships and dysfunctional relationships to discover what the Bible says about their relationship (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Armed with Biblical precepts, they can compare their relationship with Biblical concepts, and learn how God can restore their relationship (2 Corinthians 5:18). This can be done by a couple without any help, but it is much more profitable to have a loving, concerned, godly helper guide them through the process (Galatians 6:1). Continue reading Biblical relationship checkup

Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Stand fast and keep a strong grip on the teaching

Sometime after writing to this fledgling church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul hears they are being thrown into confusion by fake news that the day of the Lord has already happened. After addressing the issue and reminding them of the doctrinal details, he concludes with this general exhortation to stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching they had received from him. We can benefit from these instructions too. Paul is concerned about the stability of this fledgling Continue reading Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

Final exhortation to a fledgling church

The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and Continue reading Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

Almost all Bible students agree on the basic underlying Biblical principles on the subject of alcohol. But, many disagree on the applications of these principles. When you understand the principles, I believe the Holy Spirit will help your conscience make the appropriate application of these principles in your life. However you decide the Holy Spirit is leading you, I hope you remember that alcohol is an intoxicant that can affect your judgment—and when abused can be dangerously destructive in your life and those around you—and can permanently damage Continue reading What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

Walking worthily — lead a life worthy of God

Walking Worthy of the gospel, the calling, the Lord, being saints, love of God

Throughout history and in every other religion on Earth, mankind strives to be worthy of God. Every man-made religion teaches how to become good enough to merit God’s approval. That is the opposite of Christianity. Jesus Christ did all the work. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised Continue reading Walking worthily — lead a life worthy of God

A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church)

Group of men who were helped by wisdom of older man to resolve conflicts

Once a week George, Tony, Wallace and their families would gather for a potluck at one of their homes for a Bible study.  They all came from different backgrounds and traditions and it soon became evident that there were conflicts among them. They all loved and appreciated each other but they were afraid their conflicts would tear them apart. They realized they needed help to find a resolution to the conflicts so they all agreed to go visit an older Continue reading A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church)

Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life

Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life

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

The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

The Paradox of Weakness: God's strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness

There are 2 paradoxes of weakness: God’s strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness. The more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we lean on Jesus Christ for our strength. And, the more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we let him change us to be stronger. But, when we think we are strong enough by ourselves that we don’t need Jesus Christ — there is no paradox of self-deceived strength — that is Continue reading The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

I was born this way (and God doesn’t make junk)

I was born this way (and God doesn't make junk)

Just because you were born this way does not mean that you should stay this 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 this way (and God doesn’t make junk)

What about self-righteousness? (the damnable sin of justifying yourself)

Self-righteousness — the damnable sin of justifying yourself

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)