Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed helps to explain the confusing reality of the Kingdom of God, which is a massive theme in the gospels as Jesus often proclaims, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” But what is this Kingdom and where is it? Continue reading “The Kingdom of God”
If I am completely honest, I feel like life is filled with so much. In our day with iPhones, internet, T.V., movies, games, hobbies etc. it can be so easy to get lost in the abyss of the 21st century. What I have realized in my life is that I have subconsciously tried to get out of those good things what I believe they were never meant to offer me: total satisfaction. Why do I do that? Do you do this? I have loved too much and lived for things that have left me empty in regard to experiencing true meaning in life. This leads to a deeper question: What can satisfy my soul? Because clearly if I am experiencing a sort of emptiness that needs to be quenched, I’m looking for satisfaction, like a man in a desert who needs water for his thirst to be quenched. But I am asking the question of what can quench life itself? I see in me that I am looking for something that can quench the deepest desires I have. And if I may ask you, what do you believe can lead you to say to yourself: That is it, that is what I was looking for, that is what I was meant to love and live for in my life. What’s the answer? Continue reading “Water for the Thirsty”
I learned recently about some of the parallels of how God freely created all things ex nihilo (from nothing or out of nothing), and how that parallels with salvation in Christ. I never thought these two paralleled until now.
Salvation on the ground level could be described as the announcement of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit births faith in one or more individuals in Christ Jesus. In the words of the Apostle Paul, salvation brings about a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), or as Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3).
Have you ever wondered how you can pray for the people you love? In this amazing prayer, Paul continues to remind the Colossians that he himself is praying for them with heartfelt consistency (1:3; 1:9). But he doesn’t just tell them he is praying for them; he explains what he is asking God to do for them:
- To be filled with all the knowledge of God’s will (1:9-10).
- To be strengthened with all the power of God’s might (1:11-14).
The book of Colossians is an amazing book, and every Christian should have a crystal clear understanding of what the foundation of the gospel is, namely that it is about receiving Jesus Christ, the Son of God for the forgiveness of our sins. There is no other gospel and the book of Colossians helps to build this crucial foundation of the gospel for all of life. Continue reading “The Foundation of The Gospel”
INTRODUCTION – What is love? In a world that throws the word love around, how do we find out what love really is? First, we have to understand that we cannot look to the world to discover our definition of what love is, we have to look to the Scriptures. According to the Scriptures love is not something that we intrinsically have, but it is something that must be given to us. Many unbelievers tell people that they love another person, but according to Scripture, they can’t functionally do that (so we shouldn’t expect unbelievers to really love us). That may sound harsh, but I really think that is what Scripture teaches. Let me try and prove my case. In 1 John it says that if someone does not love they do not know God. This implies that in order to love, someone has to know God. Why? Because only by receiving real love is it possible to give real love. It’s as simple as the fact that if you do not have a glass of water, you will not be able to give someone else a glass of water. In 1 John 4:7-11 we see at least two things about love. We see God’s love for us, and how it operates, and then we see our love for one another, and how it should operate. So let’s take a look.
What is character? Does character really even matter? I would say yes, on the basis of 2 Peter 1:5-8 which tells us to “make every effort” in our character qualities. According to The Dictionary of Bible Themes, character is defined as “The moral and mental features that define a person, whether good or evil.” In other words, the character of a person is the heart (moral) and mind (mental) of a person. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and the heart speaks what the mind has thought upon, which then reveals your character. The words a person speaks are the pathway into the heart and mind of a person. That is why after many conversations with a person, you feel like you know what they are like, you see their heart and mind, you see their character. So character is important in the Christian life, but how is character formed? Continue reading “The Character of King David (Part 2)”