The Conundrum Of Religious Belief
Religious belief is ubiquitous. It is both wonderfully beneficial and wantonly destructive. How did it and associated priesthoods develop through the history of mankind? What was the motivation for its growth? Is it now timely to replace religiosity with spirituality for the benefit of humanity?What Is A Disciple?
After we believe on and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His will is for us to become His disciple. The purpose of this article is to explain what is a disciple of Christ.Invoking the Mighty Word “Should”
As opposed to what… being good on accident? If you are consciously trying something, anything, there is reward and punishment inherent to the “try” that you are engaged in. I like Einstein quotes most of the time but this one leaves me puzzled.Restoring What Others Have Taken
Many of us have been scarred because someone else has taken something from us, whether it be our innocence, virginity, self-esteem, or even physical parts of our body. God knows this, and wants us to come and rest in Him, so He can restore what others have taken.Psalm 115 – Devoted To Follow God
This Psalm, a most important Hallel Psalm, for it was the one Jesus and the disciples sung immediately prior to venturing out to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30), finds its place in the haranguing of a believer in the company of idol worshippers dispelling the power and presence of the living God. It contrasts the Almighty God with useless human-made idols that the mockers, back then, placed their faith in. It is a Psalm of allegiance: of commitment to praise, and to follow, the LORD.Sowing Seeds of Love In Faith
Don’t underestimate the value of small things said and done. Everyone has the ability and motive to reflect. Sow seeds in love, in tolerance, in patience, all in faith. Making a difference in real lives is done in small, albeit never insignificant ways.The Importance of a Good Seal
Until recently, I hadn’t thought much about the word “seal.” However, watching my husband install a shower where the drain had to have an adequate seal in order to keep it from leaking made me curious. It became obvious that creating a good seal was not only very important, but also takes a lot of hard work and patience. Maintaining the “seal of the Holy Spirit” in our lives also takes diligence.What The Bible Doesn’t Mention
We all know what the Bible mentions. Books featuring ‘stories from the Bible’ are a dime a dozen in bookstores. What doesn’t the Bible mention is way more interesting and amounts to just about most of life, the universe and everything. What the Bible omits tells heaps about the bona-fides of God the alleged deity, and ultimate author!Did God Prohibit Pork For Health Reasons?
Consumption of pork is prohibited by Judaism, Islam, and even some Christian churches. When people who do not eat pork for religious reasons are asked why God prohibits pork, many of them claim it is done for health reasons, and they use “scientific evidence” to “prove” that pork and other Biblically forbidden foods are not healthful. In this article I question whether their religious leaders are being honest about their “science.”The Shelter of the LORD
Sometimes we are seduced by a feel-good Christianity that serves no purpose at all in lauding God to the ends of face-down devotion. The church, it seems, has many apostates proffering the message of cheap grace – a one-sided, glorious salvation with little emphasis on Judgment. It is easy to understand; it’s an unpopular message.There’s Something Fishy About Jonah!
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2″Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”Finding Faith for Troubling Times
Surely, in our day-to-day lives, losing a job is a significant “troubling time”. But the current feeling of imminent, much more serious “troubling times” is almost palpable. Notwithstanding erroneous predictions of “doomsday” with specific dates (these “prophets” apparently did not know that it is stated in the Bible that no man can know the day or the hour), anyone who is breathing and in any way “aware” senses that some kind of “end time” is very probably fast approaching.