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 Hears You

Psalm 88:2, Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry! Sometimes we know exactly what to say when we pray. We’ll ask God to protect someone we love, heal their illness, protection for ourselves, to look over our financial situation, whatever it may be. Other times, we may be at a loss…

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…

Does Jesus Advocate Gun Rights?

Before I start, let me first make it irrevocably clear that the point of this article is not to push forward any political agenda. I am not going to be using Scripture to support the Republican side for gun rights or the Democrat side for no gun rights. (Full disclosure: I support Americans’ 2nd Amendment…

Covering Our Sin

Psalm 32:1, Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. When we get caught in a legal or moral wrong, we instantly try to cover it up. When a criminal gets caught, he comes up with all sorts of excuses to try and cover his tracks. As average citizens, whenever we get…

Helpful Rebuke: The Truth Hurts

Proverbs 27:5, Better is open rebuke than hidden love. In our current generation, people are growing increasingly worried about offending other people to such an absurd point that there are now “safe spaces” at universities. It’s because the truth hurts, and these people want to be sheltered from the truth. We want to be “all-inclusive” so…

Worth Our Salt

Mark 9:50, “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The English word for “salary” comes from the word salarium, and its root sal means “salt.” So, the amount of work we produce in a given amount of time…