How does knowledge turn into devotion? Can I be holy without becoming self-righteous? Once I have faith, do I have to prove that I'm saved? This column explores the practical aspects of living the Christian life—without giving you a guilt trip.
How many times have we shown hostility to someone else simply because they aren't acting according to Christian standards? Why are we so eager to dish out judgment for our "neighbors" when God has commanded us to love unconditionally?
God created us for relationship. Not just with Him, but with one another. The pain of divorce causes us to shut and lock the doors of our hearts. Yet with God, we have the freedom to keep the doors of our hearts open so He may fill every room with His precious and pleasant riches.
The media has painted men as buffoons, perpetual frat boys incapable of seriousness, clueless lovers unable to truly understand a woman's needs. What does God say a woman wants and what a man should really be?
We don't react to derailment well. We like our days, for the most part, to be orderly. Not necessarily regimented with a routine figured down to the minute and carefully color-coded in a day planner, but we do have certain expectations for the day. When that expectation gets derailed, the consequences can be disastrous.
God's love of and grace is in perfect balance. His grace does not mean He is a weak pushover or that we are singularly amazing or endearing. God's love is true, tough, enduring, and full of justice and truth. He doesn't wash over the truth of our sin. He deals with realities, but He does so with grace.
We often spend so much time on the intellectual aspects of faith in God that we fail to realize that belief in God is beneficial to our hearts. God isn't just sitting in Heaven, passively hoping that we'll agree with Him. Faith is more than a "ticket to Heaven"—much more!
We each have our various passions, and we sometimes develop our version of Jesus around those values. We pick and choose from our favorite attributes until we have the perfect Jesus for us. Have you allowed your environment, passions, and culture to influence your view of Jesus?
When tragedies happen, we often wonder where God is. Why would a loving God allow things like this to happen? He has the power to shield us from sorrow such as this—so why doesn’t He? Blogos writer Rebekah Largent shares the story of losing her home in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.
When a person can be pro-life when it comes to the murder of Jews during the holocaust, yet support the murder of babies in the womb behind the mask of being pro-choice, we have to ask, "What has gone wrong in our world?"
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) Abundant life is the gift of Jesus to His followers—something Christians can confidently claim, a promise of God. But what is abundant life?
Are you ever still? Are there moments in your life when you are truly at rest—physically, mentally, emotionally? God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. But do we take time to be still in Him?
The truth is, God showed grace from the very beginning. We're not waiting for some delayed grace. God's grace has already been delivered. He shows grace to us every day of our lives, and will continue to show us grace until the day we die.
Even people who have been Believers for decades can struggle with the feeling that God's love is not really unconditional love. They feel the need to perform, but the Bible says it's way too late for that! His love never depends on our performance.
One often hears the claim, made frequently by skeptical scholars and laypeople alike, that we have no grounds on which to think the four canonical gospels were actually written by the people to whom they are ascribed. Is this true? Who wrote the gospels?
We care about being in control. We want to get a hold of ourselves. But the truth is, we don't need to get a hold of ourselves. We need to let go of ourselves. We need to stop trying to control our lives; stop trying to pretend as though we have the answers, and get a grip of God.
Is Jesus God? This is part four of a series of blog posts about the divinity of Jesus. In parts 2 and 3 of this series we examined the four canonical gospels and how they portrayed Jesus as claiming to be divine both in His statements and His behavior.
The movie John Carter has been in theatres lately, and although the story's creator did not intend to introduce an allegory, certain aspects of the film do resonate with spiritual themes of redemption.
Freedom of the will is joyfully embraced by the Christian Dufflepuds, but how can the will of dead people be free? The Bible says we are ‘dead in sin'. The last I heard, no corpse ever hopped up from its coffin and danced a gig.
Many Christians desperately want the assurance of salvation. They pray for it, search for it, and agonize over it. One of the most frequently-asked questions at Got Questions Ministries relates to doubts about salvation. God wants Christians to be sure they are saved!