22 results for 'religion and spirituality'
The Rich Young man in the Gospel of Matthew was not hungry or thirsty. He was curious, he did seek Jesus and ask Him questions but he was too comfortable to let go of his old way of life and trust in God alone.The Rich and the Kingdom of God
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall... (more)
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful" Col 3:15"Be thankful." Such a simple phrase, but what did Paul mean? Be thankful for what? To whom? Let's think about it.The first thing that comes to mind is to be thankful to God for giving us salvation through His Son, Jesus. That's good. If it weren't for that, our lives would really be meaningless. If there were no "eternity," why would we spend so much time being "good?" Without salvation, what purpose would there be in living for anyone by yourself? We all know self-centered people.... (more)
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience" James 1:2-3Today this world is desperately attempting to redefine anything that would convict it of sin. Sin has become a very "relative" term. The world is attempting to say, "What is sin to you may or may not be sin to me. Everything is relative." Whether you realize it or not, this philosophy is being taught in our public schools. All students today, understand this principle. Simply said, "There are NO absolutes." Implied meaning, "There is NO God." Scripture tells... (more)
"Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction" Proverbs 19:18An average child begins to struggle with his identity and seek his independence as he approaches the age of 12. The permissive parent starts to panic when the child assumes his own identity and starts pulling away. Fearing the worst, the parent becomes authoritarian by tightening the screws of discipline and restricting the child's activities. A power struggle ensues with predictable results. The child bolts and the parent calls for advice.The problem of the rebellious, stubborn, disobedient child... (more)
"Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!" Job 10:18Why me, oh Lord. Why did you let this happen to me?Ever heard those words uttered before. Have you said them yourself? As I look back on my life, most of the "Why me's" have been a result of my own actions. I can hardly blame anyone else for those. For example, Janette and I went on a mini vacation a while back. I felt the Lord telling me not to. I heard my wife saying it wasn't necessary. We went anyway and had a terrible time. I asked, "Why me?" As the days wore on and mysterious things... (more)
"But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all" Matthew 12:15If anyone could have boasted, it would be Jesus. He was the Son of God. He was a miracle worker. He could produce gold out of the mouth of a fish. He could raise the dead. It seems that there was nothing that He couldn't do. And all of this is true. Still, when it came to a point when He could boast, He told everyone to keep His story a secret.He could have aroused the crowds into a rebellious frenzy. He could have commanded a legion of angels to prepare the way. If a follower... (more)
"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah" Psalm 46:1-3We have all found ourselves in need of refuge and shelter. It may be a refuge from the heat, or rain, or cold, or lightning, or wind, or snow. We may need shelter from the storms of life or the oppression of the spiritual world. Whatever the problem, we often seek help in the form of some type of refuge.God... (more)
"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matt 5:4What a paradox! We think of grief and happiness as being mutually exclusive. In fact, even in Christian circles, we are often taught that the Christian always has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. We are told that to be sad is sinful, that grief represents a lack of faith, and that pain comes from sinful living. Yet, this teaching is directly contrary to what Jesus is saying here.Let's look for a moment at the word "mourn." In the Greek it means to grieve a loss. This may be the loss of a loved one, but it may be... (more)
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21Words have the power to motivate or destroy, energize or deflate, inspire, or create despair. Many a successful executive can remember the time their father failed to give affirmation to them as a child. The result was either over achievement to prove their worth, or under achievement to prove he was right.Many a wife has lost her ability to love because of a critical husband. Many a husband has left a marriage because of words of disrespect and ungratefulness. Stories abound to the power... (more)
"And there we saw giants..." Numbers 13:33Someone has said, "If you want to enter Caanan, you have to first fight a few giants." That is so true, but so rarely do we realize the truth of that statement. As Christians, too often, we want to have victory without a battle, we want to attain the heights of Zion, without a climb, we want resurrection power without a crucifixion.No blessing of God comes without a struggle. And, in our heart of hearts, would we want it any other way? It is also said "things easily gained are lightly held." Think about your most prized accomplishments. Were they the... (more)