Does the idea of joy and peace seem lost to you? If the answer to that question is yes, reading the book of Romans is a good place to help you find direction.
Written by the apostle Paul before he arrived in Rome, Paul wrote the new Christians there a letter. Paul’s message in his personal letter clearly offers them hope in a loving God through Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Discussions about God sometimes evolve from random conversations with friends. When this happens in the circles I socialize with I really enjoy it because sports and politics usually override group conversations. Many times when these biblical topics arise, the discussions include questions regarding truths that I totally believe and have some knowledge of.
I always try to communicate to others what I know about these truths, but on many occasions I realize my lack of knowledge on the subject. The Bible contains sixty-six separate books with God’s word spoken from the beginning of time. That’s a lot of information! Continue reading
You’ve probably heard the song, Jesus Loves Me, as a child growing up. Most likely you sang it in Sunday School. There is a beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston singing it on GodTube.
Both of those versions inspire Christians young and old to feel love. But to really understand the depth of Jesus’ love, one has to dig deeper. We must experience the words of the Bible. Continue reading
60 years ago in 1958, Steven Engel from New York brought parents together and made the decision to sue the state over a state authorized prayer in public schools. That case made it to the United States Supreme Court in 1962, where they decided it violated the First Amendment because prayer represented establishment of religion. Engel won.
Then Pennsylvania, in 1963, decided on the case of Abington School District v. Schempp; a complaint by Schemp not wanting Bible readings in public schools. Schempp won.
Also in 1963 came the verdict of Madalyn Murray O’Hair against the Baltimore School System to ban school prayer labeling it “unconstitutional”. O’Hair won.
As a Christian, I believe government made the wrong decisions for our children. Continue reading
The last seven weeks have been devoted to sharing the person of Jesus. The posts explain who He is, why He came down to us, and what He did for us through His death on the cross.
Most critically, the posts point to the need to believe that three days after Jesus’ death on Calgary hill, He rose from the dead, then forty days later ascended into heaven!
When we believe Jesus is the The Son of the Most High God, that He came to share and live God’s word, and that His death then resurrection occurred, life as we know it changes. Continue reading
In the Old Testament, the job of prophets was to pass on God’s message to the people. The prophets did not speak their word; God’s word was spoken through them. They revealed who God was, and what He planned to do. Some did preform miracles.
Then things changed in the New Testament, as described to us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It’s from the gospel of John that we learn when Jesus arrived, He was the Word: Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal God punished those who did not believe or obey what He said. And He rewarded or blessed those who believed His word, following His commands.
The Old Testament shares with us the prophets, those who spoke to the nation of Israel, disclosing His message to them. The prophets did not use their own words, only the words spoken to them from God. But that changed in the New Testament. In the time of Jesus, a new covenant was made that was to be followed. Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal witnesses to this extreme historic event. Jesus did arise from the dead! There are so many witnesses to His resurrection, it becomes unfathomable how doubters make claims against documented facts.
Thankfully, though the physical body of Jesus is gone His spiritual presence lives forever! The miracle of Jesus raised to life from death is central in Christianity. There is no one else who walked this earth that man slaughtered, then came back to life! Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal witnesses to this extreme historic event. Jesus did die on the cross. There are so many witnesses to His death, it becomes unfathomable how doubters could make claims against documented facts.
Thankfully, it was only Jesus’ temporary human body that died. The spirt of Jesus lives! And that miracle, the miracle of Jesus raised to life from death is central in Christianity. There is no one else who walked this earth that man slaughtered, then came back to life!
While Jesus, the Son of God, was traveling about Jerusalem teaching the Jewish people about love, a rebel named Barabbas lead a group of political insurgents in a rebellion against Rome.
bar-abbas means “son of Abba [Father]”
Barabbas was a murderer who hated paying taxes to Rome and was aggressively trying to end all Roman authority. His group of insurrectionists started an uprising and because of this they were thrown into prison – Continue reading