The Wrath of God Makes a Difference

1. Dealing with sin: Mt. 18:7-9 2. Dealing with sexual sin: Col. 3:6, Mt. 5:27-30, Eph. 5:3-7, 1 Thess. 4:6, Heb. 13:4, Heb. 12:15-17 3. Courage in face of martyrdom: Mt. 10:26-37 4. Self-denial: Mt. 16:24-27 5. Comfort for persecuted believers: 2 Thess. 1:6 6. Freedom to respond to enemies with love: Rom. 12:10 7. Patience: Prov. 20:22 8. For Poor Believers: James 5 9. Reason to watch out for apostacy and unrepentant sin: Heb. 10:22-31 10. Reason to deal with false teaching: Jude 11. Fear and trembling: Ps. 119:118-120 12. Love for Christ: 1 Thess. 1:10 13. Holiness, etc.: … Continue reading The Wrath of God Makes a Difference

Judgment…

There are so many horrible things happening in the world at this very moment. And very little outrage. I wonder if one of the reasons there is less and less outrage over the grave injustices that we see all around us is because we are losing our sense of God’s outrage over these injustices. I was reading through the Psalms this morning reflecting on how the picture the Psalmist paints of God is very different than the idea we sometimes have of Him. Consider these random outtakes: He blows the wicked away like chaff. He shatters the wicked like earthenware. … Continue reading Judgment…

The Love of God

Paul writes in Titus 3:4, “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared…” Jesus Christ is such an amazing revelation of the kindness and love of God that Paul just says He is the kindness and love of God. When we look at our Savior Jesus Christ we are seeing the love of God in action. How does Jesus Christ reveal the love and kindness of God? 1. The greatness of the love the Father has for the Son demonstrates the magnitude of God’s love for us. “By this the love of God was … Continue reading The Love of God

Something to remember next time you want to argue with God…

I was thinking a little today about what the Bible says about God.  How smart He is.   Let’s start with fact he knows how many hairs are on everybody’s heads.  I saw somewhere that the average amount of hair on a person’s head is around 140 thousand.  That’s a lot of hair to keep track of. If he knows how many hairs everybody has, I am assuming he knows their names. According to one person’s estimation, 96,100,000,000 people have lived on the earth.  That is a lot of names. If I could remember 1000 people’s names that I just met I probably would land a … Continue reading Something to remember next time you want to argue with God…

The Trinity is Practical

I don’t know how deeply you have thought about the relationships within the Trinity.  If some of you are like me, doctrines that are more abstract like the Trinity, they tend to lose us.  We like practical subject and you know, I’ve got to admit the relationship between the members of the Trinity hasn’t always been on my top ten list of most practical things to think about. I’m realizing this week, it should have been.  I’ll give you one example.  The submission of the Son to the Father.  The Bible makes it clear that the Son submits to His Father, not only, I’d argue in … Continue reading The Trinity is Practical

Be Amazed!

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen David Blaine. He’s this street magician and he can do some things that will make your jaw drop. He’ll levitate. I remember seeing him bite a quarter in two, then blow on the quarter and have it instanteously restored. One time he burned this hole in his shirt, then had the guy watching look through it, and David had this tattoo or something of the guy’s girlfriend…who Blaine apparently had never met. Anyway, my point doesn’t have to do with the magic as much as it has to do with the reactions. Usually … Continue reading Be Amazed!

It is Good to Know God part one…

There’s nothing better than being humble. It’s absolutely essential for living the Christian life. You can’t go to God without it. You can’t love God without it. You can’t serve God without it. You can’t love others without it. You can’t communicate properly without it. You can’t resolve conflict biblically without it. You can’t deal with the sin of others properly without it. You can’t resist sin without it. And there’s nothing worse than being proud. The proud person is an abomination to God, hurtful to others, and a danger to himself. Unfortunately, we all have a tendency to be … Continue reading It is Good to Know God part one…

Know what you know

I’m a bad golfer. Now, if you are a bad golfer or if you have ever met a bad golfer you know that sometimes we bad golfers like to think the problem is not so much with our golfing abilities as it is with our golf clubs. We’re constantly on the look out for that new club that will change everything. Hey I’ll admit, I sometimes walk through a golf store, pick up a golf club, and imagine myself the next Tiger Woods. (Then I look at the price tag, and run…) Obviously, sometimes bad golfers could use new clubs. … Continue reading Know what you know

God’s delight

We should want to get to know God. I think that’s pretty obvious. I mean, we’re talking about the most important person who’s ever existed, the King of the Universe. We’re talking about a person who can speak and entire galaxies come into being, the One who owns absolutely everything. It only makes sense for us to want to get to know God. But you know what’s amazing to me? God wants us to know Him. Think about it. The nations are a drop in the bucket to God, the most important people, peons. He’s seen billions of men and … Continue reading God’s delight

In a Class by Himself

If we sat down together and made a list of everything you considered valuable in your life: your family, your work, your goals, your possessions and then compared the value of each of those items with the value of God we’d find they all pale in significance. There is no one and there is nothing as valuable as God.Honestly, even to make a comparison like that isn’t fair because God is totally unique. You can’t compare the value of things or people to the value of God because they are not even in the same class. God is so valuable, … Continue reading In a Class by Himself