New Testament

How Much Should I Give to God?

How Much Should I Give?             This is a question that many of us would like a clear answer to. How much am I expected to give back to God? Whenever this question arises, someone will often chime in “we should give everything to God because He has given us everything.” Of course, this is true, but it fails to answer the more practical intentions of the original question. Generally when people ask “how much should I give?”, they are…

Gospel Math

Gospel Math Mine, Mine, Mine   The world around us says that we deserve the money we earn and that the more money we earn, the happier we will be. After all, we have worked hard for our money and it seems only fair for us to be able to enjoy the fruit of our labor. But when we work hard, we can only do so with the abilities, opportunities and health that ultimately God supplies. If God had decided…

The Rich Man’s Math Book

  The Rich Man’s Math Book Winning the Lottery            Have you ever considered what you would do if you won the lottery? When one views the various advertisements for the lottery, it appears that the lottery promises security, contentment and joy. Yet the reality is harshly different. Studies of lottery winners have shown that after winning, many struggle with depression and anxiety, have serious family issues, occasionally go bankrupt, and in some cases commit suicide. It seems that what…

Restoring Sabbath Rest

  Restoring Sabbath Rest (Part 3) See Part 1:Sabbath Difficulties See Part 2: Sabbath Rest Laws and Intentionality             How do we practically take the necessary rest our bodies, minds and souls require? We have already addressed both the difficulties in taking sabbath time in our culture (see here) and the importance of rest that reaches all the way down into the soul (see here). It is important to work in this order because if these elements are not properly…

Sabbath Difficulties

Sabbath Difficulties             Why is it so difficult to take time off in our day and age? While there are exceptions, it seems that many people in the Western World find it difficult to consistently take a sabbath. Now I know some will immediately say that the sabbath was for the Jewish people and we no longer have to follow all those Old Testament regulations. But I am not talking about taking every Saturday off as the Torah describes, rather,…

Francis Schaeffer: A Man Committed to the Lordship of Christ (Part 2)

  Francis Schaeffer: A Man Committed to the Lordship of Christ (Part 2)             After Francis and Edith had moved to Switzerland, many individuals began to stop by and ask questions about faith, philosophy and the world. During this early time in Switzerland, Francis experienced a spiritual crisis that forced him to reexamine his Christianity. This new evaluation concerning both his position on orthodoxy as well as a consideration of the not-so-Christian form of Christianity which seemed to be prevalent…

What is Love?

What is Love? Thoughts from I Corinthians 13            There is a great deal of talk in today’s society about love. We are immersed in talk of love, read books about it, watch shows about it, and long for it, but we rarely stop to think what love actually is. It seems that everyone wants to love and be loved, but very few have given any thought to how “love” is to be defined. Surely all the other questions about…

In All of Life, Glorify God!

In All of Life, Glorify God! Thoughts From I Corinthians 10            The Bible continually makes clear that all people worship and serve something. In the ancient world, this would oftentimes be a god or goddess made from wood, stone or precious metals. While some still choose to worship such figures, many in the Western world also worship idols, but they simply cannot be bothered to make a little figurine to represent what they worship. For instance, many spend their…

Who Owns Us?

Who Owns Us? Thoughts from I Corinthians 6            Although it goes against Western sensibilities in the present day, the Bible claims that all of us are owned by one of two masters. Using the servant/slave metaphor is common in the Bible in order to teach a spiritual reality. The reality is that all human beings serve something. Whatever we love most in life, that is the thing that receives our attention and worship. Everyone worships something, it is just…

Yes, God Does Care About our Sex Lives

Yes, God Does Care About our Sex Lives Thoughts from I Corinthians 5      There is a common idea today that the God of the Bible only cares about the well being of our spiritual parts, but that He cares not-at-all about our physical parts. This comes to the forefront in the Western World whenever sexuality is brought up. Many people seem to have the notion that God either has nothing to say about sex, or that we can ignore…
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