Thinking biblically about children

I thought we could talk a little over the next few days about children. I have nine. And even where I live in Africa, that gets me some surprised looks. Usually people don’t believe me when I tell them. And while I definitely don’t think every one needs to have that many children and what’s more I definitely don’t think every one even should, I am really glad I do. I feel like I am the richest poor man you will ever meet. And you know, that’s just not something I believe because of personal experience, it’s also something I … Continue reading Thinking biblically about children

Wrong from the start…

I heard someone recently expressing his doubts as to whether young children can truly be converted. While I sympathized with some of his concerns, (in terms of not giving false assurance) I was struck by something very strange that he said. It may be that I misheard him or that he would have explained it differently in a one on one conversation, but still to me, this is a pretty big fail, he said that one of the reasons that he wasn’t sure that young children could truly be converted was because to be converted you have to repent of … Continue reading Wrong from the start…

Why Do Believers Need to Stand Before the Judgment Seat

Paul says believers must stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Why? One reason is because of the simple fact that we belong to God. Our lives are not our own. Paul tells us in Romans 14:7, “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself, for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might b the Lord both of the dead or the … Continue reading Why Do Believers Need to Stand Before the Judgment Seat

The Prayer Hearing God

The reason we as believers are confident that God hears prayer is because of the Bible.  God gives us reasons we should expect him to answer prayer.  1. He’s the one who takes the initiative after all. It is not us coming to Him saying please can we pray.  It is Him coming to us and commanding us to present our requests.  He’s pictured in the Bible as happy when believers present their requests to Him.  It’s a matter of obedience.  “Seek the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11  “A man ought always to pray and … Continue reading The Prayer Hearing God

On Sin

Most people think they are good people. To prove that all we would need to do is go out from our homes and begin to survey people we meet. It really wouldn’t matter where we decided to go; whether we went to some of the nicer areas around us or to bars or even prisons, if we asked people if they thought they were good people, time and time again we’d hear them respond, ‘Well, yes’ or ‘Sure, I’m pretty good’ or ‘I’m not all good, but at the core, yeah, I’m definitely a good guy.’ The truth is not … Continue reading On Sin

James on Trials part eleven

As Christians we don’t close our eyes to reality and blindly endure trials refusing to give in to our desires for absolutely no good reason. Instead we refuse to listen to our evil desires and choose to trust God because we are convinced of certain truths about Him. We know God and that changes everything. To get a little more specific, we know God is all good all the time no matter what. James explains, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” If you have something good and perfect … Continue reading James on Trials part eleven

James on Trials part ten

I recently read an interesting article concerning a young scientist in Idaho. “It’s rare that a junior high school science fair project can be deemed newsworthy, but in Nathan Zohner’s case, we’re willing to make an exception. Zohner, 14, was a freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High in Idaho last April when he won top prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair. His project consisted of two parts. First, he explained the scientifically proven dangers of dihydrogen monoxide: It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting; It is a major component of acid rain; It causes severe burns when in … Continue reading James on Trials part ten

James on Trials part nine

It’s good to endure trials because of what God will do for those who endure. It’s good to endure because when your trials come to an end, God will reward you, if you have persevered. You will receive a crown of life. Just knowing that our trials are going to have an end helps us endure. Whenever you are in a trial, you need to remember this is only for a short while. Your trial won’t last forever. That thought helped me make it through so many basketball practices growing up, “I won’t have to be running these laps forever. … Continue reading James on Trials part nine

James on Trials part eight

It’s good to endure trials because of what God is doing in those who endure God uses trials help us become more holy. As believers we can rest assured that every single trial that comes into our life has a purpose: to make us more like Jesus. I like how the writer of Hebrews puts it, “…but he disciplines us for our good, that we might share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful but sorrowful, yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” (Hebrews 12:10,11) … Continue reading James on Trials part eight