There seems to often be a lot of confusion when it comes to God’s grace. Does God’s grace mean that since I am saved I can kind of coast the rest of my life and not really do anything? But then why does the Bible also talk so much about good works and commands? Apparently, this confusion hasn’t changed much since the first century, because Paul addressed the issue several times in scripture. If we aren’t careful, we too can easily fall into the same trap of perverting God’s grace. Continue reading
“Oh no. Another one?” I found myself subconsciously saying every time I was expected to be at a group prayer meeting. So I started avoiding them. I couldn’t even put a finger on when it started – when I started hating prayer. I mean, how can someone who claims to love God and even works in ministry hate prayer?
The Bible is the most popular book in the world, and naturally churches often encourage their congregation to read it regularly. But usually that is as far as the instruction goes. People are often told why they should read the Word of God, but rarely are they told how to read the Word of God. The first thing we, as the church, do for a new believer is give them a Bible. But then for some naive and ignorant reason, we just assume they will automatically know how to read and interpret it correctly. It’s like telling someone (that doesn’t know anything about money) that they should really get their finances in order, without giving them any practical steps or guidance on how one might go about doing that. People don’t just need to be told to read their Bible, they need to be told how to read their Bible. While it would be impossible to list every important aspect, here are 9 tips to get you started in the right direction.
Terrorist attacks in France, an earthquake off the coast of Japan, suicide bombings in Lebanon, and on and on it goes. It’s been a difficult week for many throughout the world. This series of unfortunate events has sparked a movement of prayers and broken hearts for the world around us. But I have to ask myself, is that really enough? Continue reading
Today as you read this, thousands of babies will be aborted and their body parts probably still sold; millions of children (majorly girls) are still being forced and trapped in labor or sex trafficking, and by the time you finish this article, at least one person in the United States will have been sexually assaulted
As Christians in the United States, we embrace the premise that God has destined us for “a time and place like this.” We rally around the fact that we live in 2015, and God has purposed us to be a light in today’s cynical and hypercritical culture. But when it comes to politics, that mentality often changes. For some reason we then believe that God must have made a mistake, or at least that’s what our actions say. I have noticed over the past year or so the increasing number of Christians who openly bash the President and the government. Which, in all fairness, is no big surprise given the focus on hot-button topics such as gay marriage and abortion. Continue reading
I’ve often said or heard this excuse and maybe some of you have as well when your faith started to feel like a duty. “Reading the Bible everyday is too religious.” The cycle usually goes something like this: We have a radical spiritual experience and realize that we really need and want to get to know the Bible better. So we are all excited and determined to read through the whole thing.
The next morning we will get our coffee and a journal, snap a selfie for Instagram and start at “In the beginning”. We read a couple chapters, slowly coming down from that spiritual high. But as the days go on and Genesis turns into Exodus and then Exodus turns into Leviticus we find ourselves not being as gung-ho as we once were. We start to periodically skip a day, and then two. And before we know it, we are right back where we started. Continue reading
Being a Christian isn’t meant for you either.
I struggled being a Christian for the longest time—particularly because I couldn’t see the relevance behind it.
While growing up, I knew there was some significance to faith because we went every Sunday. Yet that curiosity slowly receded as the week went on. The farther we got away from Sunday, the more I questioned why Christianity was even relevant at all. Why did we need it if it didn’t apply to our daily life?
It’s true. Ultimately, Jesus didn’t die for you. But walk into just about any church and before you even find the coffee, which is your only hope for not awkwardly standing out, you’ll hear someone say, “Jesus died for you!” Unsure of how to respond, you hesitantly, yet politely reply, “Thank you?” Wanting to convince them that this isn’t your first church service, with a confident head nod you inject a more ‘religious’ response. “And also for you!” Continue reading
As an unmarried man with a nonexistent sex life, obviously I feel qualified and seasoned enough to write about the intricacies and mysteries of sex and marriage. Even to the point of giving advice so that your sex life and marriage won’t disappoint you or not live up to your expectations. I mean, somebody has to talk about it right? Continue reading