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Why did God choose Mary?

Why did God choose Mary?

Only God knows why He chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, but one thing we know is that there was nothing random about it. He had Mary in His mind before the creation of the world. After mankind sinned in Genesis 3, God immediately promised to send the Savior...

Why does being thankful matter to God?

Why does being thankful matter to God?

The Christian message we often hear is how much God loves us and how He came to die to pay the price for our sins. All that is true, but the outcome of our faith should reflect a desire to walk with Him and become more like Him in the way we live and love one another....

Does Jesus understand me?

Does Jesus understand me?

We all experience times when friends and foes have frustrated us, hurt our feelings and made us angry. Loneliness and sadness set in because no one seems to understand us. God does. He knows everyone of our hurts and frustrations, and they all matter to Him. Why does...

What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

When Jesus spoke on the Beatitudes, he said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9). The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which means completeness, soundness, welfare, peace or wholeness. God's peace is impossible to...

What does the Bible say about the compassion of Jesus?

What does the Bible say about the compassion of Jesus?

So often, when a friend or acquaintance becomes ill or is hurting, we are concerned, feel sorry for them, pray and sometimes call to see how they are doing. We might even see it as our duty to go and visit them. At times like this, most of us exercise a sense of pity...

What are ghosts, and should I fear them?

What are ghosts, and should I fear them?

Are there such things as ghosts? Yes, there are spirit beings, and ghosts would be an example. They are not ghosts; however, when spirit beings are defined as people who have died. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there are spirit beings, both good and evil....

How can I know for sure that God is in control?

How can I know for sure that God is in control?

Many believe in God but still feel they need to control their life. As a result, most live in fear for the well-being of their family, friends, and country. I know that people say that God is in control of all things, but how can I know this for sure? Is God really in...

Are the Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult?

Are the Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult?

A student, who is a Christian, asked why I referred to Jehovah's Witnesses as a cult. "After all," he said, "they believe in Jesus." Yes, they believe in Jesus, but is it the Jesus of the scriptures who is the Son of God, the Savior who died for the sins of the world?...

What is God’s view of work?

What is God’s view of work?

We don’t have to look far into the scriptures to see that God was the first to work. Genesis 1:1 declares: “In the beginning God created….” God worked for six days and rested on the seventh, the Sabbath. Because all that God is and does is good, we know He sets an...

How does God want us to worship Him?

How does God want us to worship Him?

What is Christian worship? Many would answer this question the same way they would describe how they came to faith in Jesus: I grew up with it, or it is just what I do on Sundays. Worship for others might involve singing songs, listening to a message, sharing in...

Is atheism a religion?

Is atheism a religion?

Almost all atheists claim that there is no God. They contend that their worldview is not religious but built on evolutionary science and common sense. Many argue that they embrace a "non-belief," but according to the definition of religion, atheism is a religion. The...

What is sanctification?

What is sanctification?

Before believing and relying upon the truth that Jesus Christ died and rose again for our sins, we lived for pleasure and glory. As followers of Jesus, our behavior should bear witness to our standing before God. We are no longer of this world but now are children of...

Why was Jesus a rabbi?

Why was Jesus a rabbi?

The people of Galilee, where Jesus was born and lived, were the most religious Jews in the world during the 1st Century. They also interacted with the world because one of the major trade routes, the "Way of the Sea," ran through Israel. The Galilean people were also...

Why does God hate pride?

Why does God hate pride?

God hates anything we do that keeps us from honoring God alone or enriching our relationship with our Savior. Prideful people are consumed with themselves and are masters of using others to elevate themselves. The arrogant will put others down whenever possible....

What is God’s view of freedom?

What is God’s view of freedom?

In 1607, the first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia. Over time and the need to stand up against Great Britain, 12 more colonies were established. The colonists desired complete freedom from Great Britain because they had no vote or voice in government...

How should the gospel of Jesus change my life?

How should the gospel of Jesus change my life?

The gospel of Jesus was written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. "By this gospel, you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as...

How can I be a better friend?

How can I be a better friend?

 Most of us enjoy the good friends we have made. Most of them look and act the same and have similar interests. We tend to struggle with making new friends who are different from us. What kind of friends are we? Are we open to being friends with people who look and...

What does it mean to abide in Christ?

What does it mean to abide in Christ?

The path to salvation is available to all who seek after Jesus. When we believe, trust and rely on the truth that Jesus died and rose again to save us from the penalty of sin, we become children of God. At the moment of belief, the Holy Spirit comes into us to teach...

How can I know if something is true? 

How can I know if something is true? 

This is the question that needs to be answered, especially for the postmodern youth of today who have rejected absolute truth. In their world, truth has become a matter of "my truth" or "your truth" as opposed to a universal truth that is true for all people in all...

What is the importance of having a clear conscience?

What is the importance of having a clear conscience?

Graduations from high schools and colleges are in full swing. Students celebrate their graduating experience with families, processions, ceremonies with speakers delivering words of wisdom, and receiving their diplomas. Students are rewarded for their hard work in...

How can I embrace family conflict in a Christ-like manner?

How can I embrace family conflict in a Christ-like manner?

If you are in a family who lives together, there is conflict. There is healthy conflict where there is a willingness to disagree, discuss and listen to one another with the hope that, in the end, there will be a peaceful resolution. Then there is unhealthy conflict,...

What does the God have to say about the abortion of unborn babies?

What does the God have to say about the abortion of unborn babies?

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a woman had the right to abort her baby in the Rowe vs. Wade case. As a result of the ruling, over 60 million babies have been murdered in the United States. The overwhelming majority of abortions...

Is discipleship a mandate from God or a suggestion?

Is discipleship a mandate from God or a suggestion?

It was 22 years ago that Chuck Colson heard about the Christian worldview classes I was teaching in our home with 156 high school seniors in attendance. Many of our students would identify as Christian, but most were raised in Christian homes and had very little...

What happened to Jesus after the resurrection?

What happened to Jesus after the resurrection?

The amazing event of the death and the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the single most impactful occurrence in world history. Jesus fulfilled all 333 prophesies in the Old and New Testaments concerning His coming, life, death, and resurrection, proving that Jesus is...

Why did Jesus choose Judas Iscariot to be his disciple?

Why did Jesus choose Judas Iscariot to be his disciple?

Tim Hansel writes a humorous piece on how a job recruiter might see the potential of Jesus’ disciples. “It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They...

Will we see our friends in Heaven?

Will we see our friends in Heaven?

The wonderful thing about believing that Jesus died and rose again is the security of knowing that when we die, we will live forever in Heaven. Our hope of salvation is not based on how many good things we have done or how nice we are. The only way to Heaven is...

Is it wrong for Christians to communicate with the dead?

Is it wrong for Christians to communicate with the dead?

Is it wrong for Christians to communicate with the dead? Scripture makes it very clear that we should never seek the help of necromancers or mediums to hear the voices or to see visions of the dead. The Old and New Testaments forbid us to seek out mediums, which Satan...

Why does God allow war?

Why does God allow war?

Where on earth did we get the idea that our purpose on this earth is to be happy? Who told us that we should be good and kind to others if we want to go to Heaven? Have you ever entertained the idea that all sin, yes, big and little sins alike, is horrific? When Adam...

What is the significance in God’s name, I AM?

What is the significance in God’s name, I AM?

In times like this, when there are wars and rumors of more wars, where do we go for comfort? Our natural inclination is to look to our leaders and military troops for answers and hope. The Holy Spirit in us tells us to go to our LORD and pray. The brightest of human...

DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE ME?

DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE ME?

This question is one that we all have wondered about at times. With all of the extraordinary people in this world, where do I fit in? Does God care about those of us who are considered just ‘ordinary’? A teenager wrote, "I am not the smartest or best-looking person. I...

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT LOVE IS GREATER THAN FAITH AND HOPE?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT LOVE IS GREATER THAN FAITH AND HOPE?

If you have been to many weddings, no doubt you have heard passages from 1Corinthians 13:4-8. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice...

OF WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS LIGHT IN THE BIBLE?

OF WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS LIGHT IN THE BIBLE?

Light is of extreme importance to our Christian faith because it symbolizes the nature our holy God. It also signifies God's presence and favor. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the...

WHY DOES GOD’S GIFT OF WISDOM MATTER?

WHY DOES GOD’S GIFT OF WISDOM MATTER?

God’s wisdom matters to us because it matters to God. Wisdom acknowledges and seeks God’s righteousness, holiness, and truth over what is pleasing to self-seeking humans. When we have the wisdom of God, our behavior will center on loving others and bringing God glory...

IF GOD FORGIVES ME FOR MY SIN, WHY ARE THERE CONSEQUENCES?

IF GOD FORGIVES ME FOR MY SIN, WHY ARE THERE CONSEQUENCES?

When I hear a question like this, it makes me wince. The insinuation is that it is no big deal that Jesus died the most painful, gruesome death known to humans by being whipped and then hung from a cross and die for the purpose of forgiving us of our sin and opening...

HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THE LIES OF SATAN?

HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THE LIES OF SATAN?

Today, the statistics on depression and anxiety especially, among teens, are at an all-time high. No matter what the source, we know that these conditions do not come from the heart of God. As Christians, we fight a battle in a spiritual realm: a war between Satan and...

WHY DO I STILL FEEL GUILTY AFTER I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS?

WHY DO I STILL FEEL GUILTY AFTER I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS?

Everyone has sinned and will continue to sin against God. It is part of being human. God, because of His unchanging love for us, does not abandon us when we sin. He extends to all the invitation to believe that He is the Savior of all humanity. Jesus died and rose...

DOES GOD CHANGE?

DOES GOD CHANGE?

New year celebrations are now over, and many of us are making resolutions for healthy personal change. We resolve to lose weight, exercise regularly, and be more patient, with our goal being that change will be our new normal. Changing to healthy habits are not easy...

OF WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS LIGHT IN THE BIRTH OF JESUS?

OF WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS LIGHT IN THE BIRTH OF JESUS?

There are so many wonderful things about Christmas that can draw us into the wonder of God and the birth of His Son. For me, the enjoyment of driving through neighborhoods in the dark of night and seeing trees bright with lights that, for some reason, bring joy to my...

WHAT DOES A SECURITY BLANKET HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS?

WHAT DOES A SECURITY BLANKET HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS?

Charles Schulz, born in 1922, was a devoted Christian and the author of the famous "Peanuts" comic strip. In 1950, the cartoon debuted in seven newspapers with Charlie Brown, Patty, Shermy, and Snoopy. His popularity grew and soon became worldwide by appearing in over...

WHY ANGELS?

As the Christian story reveals in Luke 1, an angel appears to Zechariah, husband of Elizabeth, who is Mary's cousin. The angel Gabriel informed him that his wife would give birth to John the Baptist, who would proclaim to many that the Messiah was coming. "Then an...

WHY DID THE JEWS QUESTION THAT JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH?

WHY DID THE JEWS QUESTION THAT JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH?

The birth of Jesus, God's Son, should not have been a surprise to the Jews. They were the writers of the Old and New Testaments who were inspired, by the Holy Spirit, to write about the coming Messiah. Their manuscripts included 333 prophecies about the coming of...

WHY DOES THANKING GOD MATTER?

WHY DOES THANKING GOD MATTER?

When we begin to understand how much God did for us and how great is His love and mercy for us, we can't help but fall on our knees and praise and worship Him with thanksgiving. "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!"...

WHERE DOES SATAN LIVE?

Satan first appears in Heaven as one of God's highest angels called Lucifer. He had access to Heaven, earth, and to God Himself. That was not good enough for Satan, and he grew tired of worshiping God and chose to rebel from His authority. Satan desired to be...

IS TRUTH UNIVERSAL OR RELATIVE?

Truth is either absolute or relative. In the "absolute," we see pure, unlimited, uncompromised, and unchanging ideas; Truth is reality. However, the person who believes in relative truth might understand a portion of the absolute truth, but only as it matches their...

Did Jesus Have a Sense of Humor?

Yes!  He proved it when He created the blobfish, duck-billed platypus, giraffe, kangaroo, rhinoceros, skunk, warthog, and humans.  As image-bearers of God, we, like Him, have a sense of humor and enjoy laughter. Too often, we paint the picture in...

Who Am I?

This generation of young people is hurting. They are genuinely anxious about what is happening around them, how to navigate life in chaos, and who they are as human beings. Most of them, because so few are speaking truth and hope into them, are confused about who they...

Do Pronouns Matter?

With all the issues facing the Christian community today, who would think the controversy would come from the pro-transgender movement over preferred personal pronouns? Pronouns are words like he, him, his, she, her, and hers. They are used to describe the nature of...

Why is Repentance Necessary?

We have talked a lot about how broken the Church is in regard to their lack of holding each other accountable, including Christian leaders. One of the fall-outs from that is the number of Christians who have abused their positions of leadership in the church and have...

Why Is Accountability So Important In the Church?

Researchers who are studying trends in today's church most would all agree they are in trouble. Not only have they yielded to the pressures of the godless culture, but many have stopped teaching the truth of the Scriptures, especially the life and death of Jesus...

What Is Christian Deconstruction

I want to share with you a concern that many Christians have about friends and family who are leaving behind their belief in truth, God, the Bible, and the moral value system that God institutes through the scriptures. This movement is called Christian...