Wealth is increasingly and unfairly concentrated among a privileged few. Jesus said: “Watch out! Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”.
It has a wing-span of 70 cm, and mainly preys on small forest birds.
When we respond in faith to God’s prompting, who knows how far the influence of our actions will go?
The lack of food would remind the Israelites of the fact that when they were in the desert, and were hungry, they were fed by God. However, now, having turned their backs on God, they would suffer hunger again.
The entire Bible speaks against despising another person for any reason.
God wants us to fill our place in life, whatever it may be, and do our job well.
A storm in a tea-cup is nothing, unless the tea-cup is your head!
Having received everything from God, our earthly as well as eternal life, we respond with disobedient stubbornness.
God is our Father, so we can't allow ourselves to be struck down by meaningless things.
The gospel is one beggar telling another where to find food.
Whenever God breaks into the world, there is an adverse reaction from the ruling powers.
God's omnipotence and goodness are shown in the way bad things can be made into good.
In spite of all my efforts, not one vegetable survived in my garden, not a single one...
It would be wise to acknowledge what raw individualism takes away from us.
Here is where it gets interesting: they marry. And have kids. And Tim’s father dies.
He pays well; He always gives much more than we deserve.
Our grand truth arrives only with a definitive encounter: only when we meet our Creator.
How to avoid festive temptation.
We human beings like simple moral choices, where one side is clearly Bad, with a capital B, the other is Good, with a capital G, and the Good wins.
Today secularist and religious camps have grown so far apart. In Einstein’s perspective, science and religion are not in contradiction,
Every virtuous person is flawed, and every flawed person has good character traits too. Let’s keep both in mind.
Gospel believers belong to Father Abraham.
To believe or not to believe, that is not the question. The question, instead, is: what to believe?
The day will come when there will be no confusion about the future.
Who's taking centre stage: God or us?
Every one of our good characteristics has a flip side.
You may renounce many things, but never give up the truth. Only truth can set you free.
Our dignity as people doen’t depend on the opinion of others, or how things are going.
The future has a curious power to shape us.
If God is calling you to a responsible job, don't be afraid. He himself will fit you for it by his Spirit, and you'll do well.
The way we answer the question Who is Jesus?, will change the way we answer every other existential question.
Are there witches or people practising magic today, or is it all one big hoax or delusion?
The human heart longs to worship. We are desperate for someone who will captivate our attention.
A generous attitude to a city forms citizens instead of consumers, communities that seek to promote the common good instead of promoting just their own agenda.
Although “virus” means “poison”, and we associate the term with diseases such as Ebola, AIDS or flu, among others, certain viruses are instrumental in the growth of our nervous system.
While pecking a tree the woodpecker is subjected to impacts of up to 1400 times the force of gravity. Human beings can only withstand impacts of up to 8 times the force of gravity before becoming unconscious.
What did Christ think about the Bible?
You cannot say you are a follower of Jesus if your life does not show the gratitude that always characterised the Master.
As it’s already past opening hours, I make a detour into the nearest town to find a late-night store.
Only those who know they are completely powerless before God, and accept what God did for them, can be saved.
Conflict is a form of communication of last resort, which, contrary to appearances, does not have to finish badly, but provides the opportunity to draw closer to the other person.
I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.
Life is decided in boring moments as well as in epic ones.
No story can move us like the story of the Author entering our plot to give his life for the bliss of his people.
The purpose of the atoning work of the Son of God.
I’ve finally come across the term that wraps my mind around the nuanced social reality I see in Europe.
That trip felt like a cautionary tale: like a chance to look back to a phase like one day I’ll look back to the whole of my life.
How to be a young person according to God's Heart.
Our contemporary romantic beliefs make us long for someone who probably does not exist.
The idea is to have an expert introduce a subject in a competent by readable way, in about 100 pages or so.
We have no right to go around thinking that we wish we were like this or that person.
Time teaches us to recognise that what seemed so terrible then wasn't as bad as it seemed.
The varying and changing climate in the Bible lands allowed for a wide variety of trees, which took root everywhere from the high, and very cold, mountain regions of Mt. Hermon to the hot Negev desert and the shores of the Dead Sea.
The painting portrays Gauguin’s struggle with the meaning of existence.
There are people who have always believed, and always will, that they can do without God in their lives.
When we travel we see reality with a different set of eyes; we not only taste new food, smell exotic aromas and hear foreign voices, but we also come to look at ourselves differently.
Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
There are certain things which seem to open suddenly a new dimension to us: a brief moment of eternity.
As a relict species it has only managed to survive on a handful of isolated mountain-tops.
Nothing can change the certainty that God is at our side. Always, without exception.
The God “who played the cosmos into being” delights himself in the World Cup but delights in higher things still.
The Bible says there is rejoicing in heaven when we do something worthy of God's character.
As I look out of the window, I think of all those young people who made a commitment at that memorable event. What if that commitment was just the effect of the emotion of one evening?
Fighting for the Faith.
The second act is often the place of the false project, where the protagonist pursues a wrong goal before realizing what his true need is.
Both past and future can overwhelm the present.
When we arrive at his house, the first thing we visit is the American’s office, with its low ceiling and artificial lights. The shift in culture emanates from everything I see.
At the moment of paying, I nearly fall over backwards: the price of this fondue is just exorbitant!
We should always put God first if we think that something goes against His word.
Spending time with God influences and puts into perspective my way of looking at things.
There were insects that could be eaten, such as various types of winged locusts, which the New Testament also refers to as the food that John the Baptist ate.
Guilt is just a pale copy of repentance, but it brings no comfort.
God wants each one of us to accept him as Lord of our lives, since that is the only way our lives will have meaning.
Is there anything stupid you feel tempted to do?
The caper is native to Southeast Asia, but it is common throughout the Mediterranean basin and in many other parts of the world.
God always responds, though sometimes not in the way or at the moment we would like.
If that body was really gone, if Jesus had come back to life, then the matrix of reality is altered; tragedy is not the final result of goodness.
The ancient Egyptians tamed them and trained them to collect fruit from the tallest trees, like palms, and even to look after flocks of sheep, just as certain breeds of dog are trained to do nowadays.
Just what happened on Holy Saturday?
The texture of suffering is changed when we see it and begin to experience it as being redemptive.
How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?
We forget that life quickly passes b
Three simple steps from the pen of Paul.
Anything that takes your mind off God destroys you.
Five cunning steps.
Charles Spurgeon's powerful message upon Matthew 27:46.
Pray and thank God that you own a Bible; millions of people throughout the world aren't so fortunate.
There seem to be moments, every now and then, which grab us. An idea pops up in our mind, and it shines so bright and obvious that we wonder why we had never thought it before.
It's not enough to hear the message; you have to act on it.
The problem with these false prophecies is that they anger God, deceive saints and harden unbelievers.
Is the Tree a Pagan Symbol?, Is Santa the Antichrist? (and more).
Hundreds of evil activities are on the rise. Don't get involved.
How do you solve your problems?
Each one will carry his own guilt before God; we won't be able to blame anyone else. What will you do then?
For Christians the paradigmatic model of success served others and gave his life for our rescue.
One of the crucial steps to spiritual sanity is the realization that the devil exists.
If you want to search and know God, his church is crucial.
The double nature of Christ: both human and divine.
Prophets and solitude.
Learn to rely on God at each moment, and so be faithful till the end.
Keith Malcomson on the latest School of Christ convention.
He has named us his ambassadors on earth; as such, we should help others.
King David and the dangers of church growth.
Verbal abuse starts a destructive spiral, unpredictable and unstoppable, that frequently ends in violence.
God chose to assume all risks and to give of himself sacrificially, so that we may glimpse what love is.
Humanity’s collective memory recalls up to a certain point, when we found ourselves already breathing in this wondrous world.
Truth will bind us and therefore free us evermore. We will be free to be the persons we were created to be.
A rebuttal of Harvard scholar's pro-gay reading of Leviticus.
Only by the power of God will you manage to get what you have set out to do.
You cannot do justice without listening to what God says.
God has used men and women without distinction throughout history - men and women full of his power who obeyed his call.
We have forgotten that we belong to God and not to ourselves.
Exodus 4:24-26: Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!
There's only one person who can conquer death: Jesus Christ.
Me, me, me...
God the Father delights in God the Son.
What will catch my eye? What will I worship? What will I surrender to?
Life is like a relay race. As we grow up, others are already running, and the day comes when they pass the baton.
Why Christians aren't devil-worshippers.
The purpose of the world is a grand but also a personal question.
Reviving a forgotten means of grace.
A brief defence of the deity of Christ.
Don't let evil masquerade in your life. As pleasant as it may seem, if it is against God's word, it will destroy you.
It’s time to get back to the Word.
Or : gardeners on vacation.
The danger of ecumenical Trojan horses.
Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.
Nothing in the world is comparable to the person of Jesus Christ.
Anything other than believing God's Word is cheating.
Comparing Michael Curry and Franklin Graham.
The same people who admire you now criticise you later, because they only want “the best”.
How to overcome two fierce spiritual monsters.
Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.
In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.
Francis’ masterpiece turns fifty-years old.
We've become used to letting others, ourselves, and even God down.
Praise God for who he is and for who we are, however we may be.
A call to use the Bible correctly.
Seven things we can learn from Achan, the Rebel.
No one in the world has shown more willingness to forgive every human being than God.
Where Christian love and pagan love go separate ways.
God created life in His image and likeness, and granted them the creativity to sculpt and the ability to love.
How to watch before, during and after praying.
We can pick up the fallen stones time and again to construct our lives according to God's will.
Our faith bumps into surprise and dances with doubt, like Peter’s and John’s.
God has promised to guide us in the way we should follow.
We have to learn that a complainer is no good to the world.
Did Moses go bonkers?
The greatest desire of God is to have a deep relationship with us, His children.
The need to shut down once a week.
Sometimes it seems that helpfulness has gone out of fashion, but it hasn't.
Even those who say God doesn't exist blame Him when things go wrong.
Three ways you may unwittingly kill your neighbour.
I remember one young man who never told me his name or address. He gave me his Olympic Volunteer jacket when he found out I was a foreign visitor.
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