Spiritual polygamy

Jeremiah 5-6 —————- People love to say they’re religious. It makes them feel connected spiritually with one another, and helps them believe they’re noble, humble people. They will say, “Yes, I believe in God,” and they make this statement with a remote connection to the God as presented in the Bible, but will also say […]

Seven benefits to actually reading the Bible, and not just saying you do

1 Timothy 4 ————— Bible literacy is at an all-time low. As the world continues a downward trend of ignoring absolute, established truths and giving way to postmodern thinking, the Bible has been getting the shaft, even among Christians. We must return to the Word. There is GREAT benefit in doing so. Here are seven reasons as […]

What to expect and what to do at the brink of the end of the world

2 Thessalonians 2 ——————- I don’t like talking about the “last days” very much. First of all, it’s terrifying.  Who wants to be here when the world is at its worst? Various conjectures exist regarding if and when Jesus will return, but the Christian will still be subject to plenty of corruption and suffering, no […]

The best possible evidence that God is righteous and that He has actually saved you

2 Thessalonians 1 —————– If you’ve been a Christian for a while and you’ve never suffered, you’re doing it wrong. I’m not sure how and where Christian constituents came up with the idea that a life of faith in Christ means evading illness, becoming wealthy, eluding lapses in faith, and everyone inherently liking you. It’s so simple: […]

Indivisible

1 Thessalonians 5 ——————- The United States is divided in numerous ways right now.  However, this is what makes our country spectacular in itself, in its diversity of perspectives and moral standing. One of the deeper rifts, currently, is of whether same-sex marriage should be legalized or not. Personally, I don’t care.  The United States […]

Common knowledge

1 Thessalonians 4 ——————- One thing that I believe Christians need to work on is balance. I don’t mean to say we should compromise, or become “lukewarm”, as the term in Revelation uses.  I am talking about our ability to be discerning of things both heavenly and earthly. In this chapter, Paul addresses a group of […]

Work it

Psalm 111, Isaiah 9-10 —————— I know you’re tired.  Sometimes you wonder what you’re doing all that work for. I mean, the temporal results are obvious: income, sustenance, survival, and so on. But the way you’re feeling is not unique or strange. In fact, it’s always felt that way, for everyone. King Solomon encapsulated the […]

Running with the devil

Revelation 20 —————- I’ve been playing a game called Skyrim (a lot) lately, and several mythical creatures are featured within it.  The werewolf has a prominent role, the ravenous bloodthirsty beast of lore that shapeshifts from human form when the moon is out. Through a handful of quests, one might find a werewolf locked up in a […]

Fightin’ Words

Revelation 19 —————- We all understand that God is loving, merciful, and kind. Plenty of preachers regularly say this. It’s nice.  It makes for a good sermon. You could easily buy a book on the subject, since it is the most compelling attribute of God, and indeed the attribute that believers must emulate. This world cannot get […]

Ripe Time

Revelation 15 —————– There is no better time to make the decision to give your life to Christ than right now. The task itself is simple, and the price has been paid. But much like that letter you’ve been meaning to write, or that area behind the toilet you neglect to scrub, we wait to […]

Checking in

Esther 2 ———— Many Christians are aware of the story of Esther, and how she, being without surviving parents, is taken up by her cousin Mordecai, is sent forth to the palace of Israel’s captors, and then impresses the king with her beauty. Mordecai is important, according to the Scripture, because of his standing with the king.  He’s not […]