We live in a society in which admitting one’s own sins is seen as a sign of weakness.
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?
It is a strong, timid, solitary and hard-to-find member of the heron family, whose brownish-red plumage bears a number of dark streaks, and which lives among the reeds in marshy wetland.
God is like a dynamic of love who enters the world so as to redeem and include sinners in its eternal, ecstatic embrace.
Spurgeon's famous sermon turns 130 years old.
What’s the point of doing if it isn’t doing what we do for other people and with other people?
In the Bible, saffron is only mentioned in the Song of Songs, as one of the most prominent aromatic spices, and with the aim of highlighting the beauty of the beloved.
We need the confidence that we have something worthy to say and the courage to say it.
The horses of the ‘Franches’ are amongst the hardiest that exist.
A couple of years ago a Syrian pastor from Damascus preached at my church and told us a story that I will never forget.
Why is it that, despite feeding on decomposing animal flesh, vultures never catch any diseases?
As I reach the edge of the forest, I stumble on a relevant thought that appears as if by magic in a corner of my mind.
Defining a Christian's relationship to the Law of Moses.
Henna is only referred to twice in the Song of Songs (chapter 1:14 and 4:13), in relation to beauty, fragrance and love.
Five tests from the pen of J.C. Ryle (1816-1900).
Constantly watching others can make us lose sight of our own goals.
There is only one verse in the Bible where cotton is mentioned (Esther 1 v 6), although many versions translate it as linen.
We are our own worst enemy when we follow only our own desires.
Desire itself is not evil, on the contrary, it is a delight in pleasure implanted by an infinitely festive Creator.
The term was translated as “cedar”, “poplar” and even “cypress” as it was thought that fir trees did not exist in Biblical lands.
Humans are intrinsically religious because there is a real God who created us and who we are searching for.
In the Bible we see people like us who were tempted to give in, but were restored by God.
In ancient times carob pods were used to feed horses, donkeys and pigs, though they could also be used as a source of food for humans.
Even in an apparently God-forsaken place there is beauty and humanity worthy of a symphony.
There's nothing like reacting to aggression and scorn with a smile and kindness, turning the other cheek.
The phone I hold in my hands makes me behave and relate to others differently than I did before.
Power reveals who we are, and reveals even more the fundamentals of our worldview.
Remembering R.C. and the Chicago Statement.
Debora means “bee”, an animal regarded by the Hebrews as organised, wise and hard-working.
Twelve months of blessing, provision and harvest are on the way.
Marriages can’t flourish out of self-centered postures.
How could a life-long atheist abandon evolutionary materialism and embrace the existence of God?
We are often cranky and cynical already at a young age, aren’t we?
Possession is less demanding than belonging, but it raises anxiety nonetheless to an aging person.
The Bible says that some day, everyone in the world will kneel before the Lord Jesus, and acknowledge his lordship over all.
You need more than superpowers to flourish in your family and in life.
Beauty, at least the kind of beauty the impressionists captured, can for now be only momentary.
There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.
The Dead Sea area - situated some 400 metres below sea level - only gets 150 to 200 per square metre per year.
There is always much more going on in the heavenly realms than we are aware of here on earth.
No-one can consider themselves too old to serve the Lord and others.
The Bible says that everyone who has received Jesus as Lord of his life is one of his ambassadors.
The Four Seasons are portraits carefully crafted by each season’s elements, and questions our notions of the human face and the sentiments it evokes.
God established one way to him in Jesus. There is no other mediator, no other system by which to reach God except through Jesus.
How sad it is to have heard the word of God, and to allow it to be snatched away.
We are not neutral to the outcome of our spiritual journeys. As objective as we try to be, we want to arrive at some outcome, be it belief or disbelief.
How can you know if you are really a believer?
If God doesn’t change your inside, you’re living by appearances.
Without commitment, you can't grow in any area, be it sport, work, or relationships, much less in your spiritual life.
The greatest madness, the supreme stupidity of the human being consists in hearing the Word of God, delighting in it, but without wanting to put it into practice.
We feel pressured to live and work as a salvation project where I’m the hero of my own story.
Do we have any long-term vision for our own lives, for our family, for our church, for our city, for our country?
The need to recover the God of the Bible.
It is easy to deconstruct other points of view but what about your own views?
We are hungry for it, but we fear it so much. Bend space and transcend time, no worries, but don’t ascribe it real meaning.
Now a refugee in Italy, Sayid is running away from his past. He fled his Middle-Eastern home when charged with blasphemy after he confronted an Iman who often abused sexually a boy.
Sometimes we need to take time to think and go back over our actions. You can learn a lot this way, not only when you win, but more especially when you lose.
Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.
Only our personal relationship with God is worth anything. Only God deserves our effort, our time, and our lives if need be.
God will set things right in his time, the right time.
Answering a tricky question.
They are ruminating animals, capable of running more than one hundred kilometres a day without eating or drinking anything. Hence they were trained in Arabia in the 13th century before Christ, as the basis of what has come to be known as the "camel civilisations".
I’ve found that biographies are a great way to take our minds to other periods, “live” someone’s life, learn some of their lessons, and reassess our own lives.
Art can help us unwrap the riches of Scripture. Our world was created by the greatest of Artists, after all.
A closer look at a controversial chapter.
What about the gospels not included in the Bible? Why were they not chosen? What do they say?
When we are caught with the silverware, God offers also the candlesticks.
God says that he will exalt the humble and reject the proud. And there is nothing worse in approaching God than to go in a proud way.
Rumours don't help anything or anybody, nor do they serve to strengthen friendships or affections, they only cause frustration and anguish.
The extension of the plot beyond the ecstatic falling in love of romantic comedies surprised me.
Does God ever go against our wills?
The guests are celebrities such as writers, comic book artists, politicians and journalists, so I’m not sure what I was doing there.
A beginner's guide to theology.
Growth in the Christian life depends on our knowing the will of God and obeying it, day by day.
Jesus understood that when religion springs out of fear it becomes really a religion of power.
A closer look at the eight key arguments of Luther's 1525 masterpiece.
Will Graham mentions ten reasons why God blows him away.
Gaga’s video is a lucid cultural depiction of sin. She knows who the right guy is, and yet cannot leave the wrong one.
In our context in Rome, Italy, adult baptism has a counter-cultural ring. Most people here are baptized when they are infants.
Being so ugly, bald and having a taste for dead meat, they tend not to be seen as the most charismatic of animals. Nevertheless, they have certain features which make them unique.
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.
‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven...’ (Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew 18:18)
The Prince of Preachers on the Holy Spirit.
Just what was Peter talking about?
Remembering the Dutch reformer, Hendrik de Cock.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
Quotes by Pink on the Scriptures.
Some lessons from Moses' intercessory prayer.
The Bible says that time is running out and that all prophecies about the future are about to be fulfilled.
God took the initiative to solve your problems, out of love.
The Bible gives us extensive guidance on how his heart functions, but there are many situations where we will also need that extra dimension of Spirit leading to help us apply the Bible to our current situation.
I really have to go for a walk.
Our efforts to gain more influence and power may lead us to execute the very Jesus we hope to announce.
No matter what sort of bad habit we're fighting against, God shows us how to break it.
Share the Gospel with your children this Christmas.
Sometimes, not deciding and just "dithering" is worse than making the wrong choice.
What's all this fuss about the Babe of Bethlehem?
- ‘My kids and I used to make dens in their bedrooms with sheets and things. We made up this whole new world, full of adventures… ‘
How to use the word 'amen' wisely.
God has promised to be with you, whether things go well or badly.
What is the Gospel all about?
Whatever you do, you can't heal your worst wound. That's why God provides a remedy.
The sun can now get right down into every corner of the garden, the tender shoots of new grass can finally start to flourish.
How an eighteenth-century preacher dedicated his life to Christ.
The more of Christ we have in the world, the more peace and human flourishing we will have.
Celebrating Reformation week with the prophet of Protestantism.
A quick introduction to Credobaptism.
Will Graham names his ten favourite Luther theses.
Drama–at the theater but also in movies, books, TV–is a modern religious mechanism.
Do we want to be healed, say, of our greed or bad moods? I’m not quite sure. Being healed includes changes and sacrifices.
Six characteristics of true repentance.
You never forget what you learned as a child.
These insects are mentioned in the Bible ten times, in the Old and New Testament.
Key doctrines that characterize the church’s preaching during seasons of revival.
We're the ones who miss the opportunities to do good, help others, speak of God's love, or defeat the enemy.
How Lloyd-Jones can help the evangelical church today.
God never deceives anyone! No friend is as important as he is. No-one can understand you as well as God does.
The leading Welsh preacher shares thirteen characteristics regarding true evangelicals.
God is not an idea. Or concept. Or system of doctrines. Or force.
Why is there no room for God in our society?
I liked the Psalm’s image of the tree because it measures our prosperity not in the base of how much we receive but in how much we give.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be good enough to "compete" in heaven!
When the Lord gives us a word to guide our lives, he only reveals to us as much as we need to know at that time.
This kind of situation has Jesus written all over it…
It's often essential in life to fight on without wasting a second, especially in the spiritual realm.
A closer look at Matthew 8:1-4.
A closer look at how to preach the Word faithfully.
I don’t know where Fitzgerald got his inspiration for Benjamin Button, but it got me thinking about another baby who was born old.
Brazilian transgender pastor Alexya Salvador claims Christ was the first transsexual.
The Bible gives us some very interesting insight into the minds of those who have committed a serious crime.
We should not turn back in the face of seemingly impossible difficulty. God takes charge of solving impossible problems.
If you look at it realistically, Jesus was a very unattractive messiah to believe in. He was a peasant who lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire.
‘Being’ is more important than ‘doing’ (because without a relationship with God, only death awaits). In short, whatever you do, let it be inspired by love!
Jesus taught a spiritual lesson that we often forget: what there is inside us is what really matters.
As Paul says, people ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1).
Everything man puts his mind to doing, no matter how good it is, cannot be compared to the wonders created by God.
Why Christians reject Pantheism, Deism and Dualism.
God does not blame us for turning towards him when we do not understand something
A closer look at what Jesus thought of the Bible.
Our food is nothing more than the daily reading of the Bible and the daily contact with God in prayer.
Within an inch of victory, a very popular newspaper (a giant) makes me bite the dust, refusing the interview that it dangled in front of me.
In other words, just as the partridge, which covers eggs that are not its own, will probably lose the chicks later on, so anyone who stores up riches that do not belong to them will end up losing everything.
Three truths that help us overcome the power of the flesh.
By focusing on our aspirations, resentments and grievances, the world-as-spa message exhorts us to be self-centered, begrudge the needs of others, focus on our personal freedom.
Why Scripture refuses to separate the theological from the historical.
In Jesus God became human, thus bringing himself into proximity with the nature that he had created. Animals were the silent witnesses of this unique and mysterious event.
God has taught us to pay all that we owe, and to give honour to those who deserve it.
The resurrection of Jesus is not only a victory over biological death, but a victory over global Death and over the prince of darkness.
More than 200,000 spectators watched the final of the 1950 Football World Cup. Against all the odds Uruguay beat Brazil at home at the Maracaná stadium.
What is my picture of death? What awaits me? Will beauty engulf me, or will I dance on its bosom? Will I finish by myself, or will eternity ravish me with overflowing life.
God looks for people willing to put themselves in his hands, and go anywhere without any conditions, at whatever the cost.
A closer look at the doctrine of election.
The best way of resting is to have a personal and private conversation with God.
The Christian narrative leaves us remarkably healed from fear and free to enjoy the delights of this world and long for the eternal ones.
Don't stay in the "almost". Commit yourself to God today , right now Hell is full of "almost safe" people.
The Old Testament links the health of the body with the health of the soul.
Stop feeding resentment, doubt, problems and bad memories, and put a moment of gratitude in their place, of happiness...a sweet memory.
For a long time, archaeologists doubted the historicity of Solomon and the horses which, according to the Bible, he possessed, as at that time supposedly only camels were used.
A defence of the Spirit's personhood from the Old Testament.
And something happens inside little godless, lawless me: I need to know more about it.
The stars, be they the celestial or the marine varieties, shine brightly or stand out against the background where they are located.
A proposal has been growing on me that I believe honors the heart of mature masculinity without succumbing to Nietzsche’s übermensch, patriarchy, or gnostic sexuality.
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