Good Grief!

2 Corinthians 7:10, For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. As he hears some bad news, Charlie Brown exclaims, “Oh, good grief!” We often think of this as an oxymoron. Grief can’t possibly be good! It’s rather ironic that our culture views grief as a bad…

God Doesn’t Owe You Anything

Job 41:11, “Who has first given to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.” Does the title of this article offend you? Good. Now I have your attention. I’m not a pastor yet, but in my studies and ministry training I’ve led several people to faith, encouraged brothers and…

Life After Death

John 11:17-27, Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethan was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to Him, but…

Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess…

Why Should I Go To Church?

As a future pastor, this question bugs me. I come across Christians from all different walks of life who somehow get it in their heads that since they’re Christian, church isn’t required. Actually, the opposite is true. Church is required because you’re Christian! If you’re not Christian, obviously church isn’t required. After all, why would an unbeliever…

“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

Psalm 90:12, So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. It should go without saying that we live in a narcissistic society. In today’s society, autonomy is the framework within which our morality is formulated—the self has become sacred. Society teaches us we should spend our time and energy…

God Knows You

Psalm 139:1, O LORD, You have searched me and known me! How well do you know the people you are closest to? No matter how well we may know a person, there are times when their words and actions shock us. Can you think of any time a person you thought you knew really well surprised…