Atheist Richard Dawkins said in his book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ the following: We are survival machines- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. Unfortunately, however much we may deplore it, it does not stop being true. Is it true? From a pure, naturalistic standpoint and judging by the stories in our daily newspaper stories, it seems he may have a point. The world is self-centered; man is sinful and operates on the basis of the survival of the fittest. But it’s not God’s way of doing things. The apostle James made it clear when he said, “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” * God’s nature is very different from the carnal nature of man and it is why Christ in us is the hope of glory. There is a story about the Christian evangelist Sundar Singh from India that illustrates this well. Once, SundarContinue reading »

I am so sorry Mrs. Caldwell,” Doctor Benson said in a fatherly tone while he looked down at the young woman in the hospital bed. “We think it would be more advantageous if we terminate the life of your baby.” Mary Caldwell’s face turned white. “W-what do you mean, doctor, terminate little Anthony’s life?” Doctor Benson shook his head and pressed his lips together. “It’s no use, Mrs. Caldwell. Your baby, I mean-eh-Anthony, is too weak. You know he has Down’s syndrome. His heart has serious problems and we cannot guarantee he will ever be a happy child. We, the staff and the nurses, have come to the conclusion it will be better to terminate his life now before he becomes a burden to both you and society.” Mary Caldwell blinked her eyes. My baby…a burden? Was she maybe in the middle of a bad dream and would she wake up soon? But no, this wasn’t a dream. Doctor Benson was clearly standing there next to her bed and hoveredContinue reading »

When I first saw him coming down the street I was tempted to look away. He was ugly, dirty and he was asking for money. He was bad news. If I would just look the other way he would be gone in a jiffy and I would not have to deal with him. But somehow I kept on looking. Nobody was giving him anything and he looked utterly lost. I had a bit of a rough day myself. I was living in France at the time, raising support for a missionary project by selling books, but it was going bad. I had not even been able to cover the costs yet, after several long hours in the hot sun. It was one of those hard days, and my selfish, carnal nature wasn’t about to share the little I had. “Come on,” I heard a still, small voice in my heart. “Why don’t you give him something? It will encourage him.” Obviously God looks at people in a different way thanContinue reading »

An everlasting love. An all consuming love. A burning passion. A love that never dies. What has God promised us? He will never leave nor forsake you, for He has told you in His Word. In Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” And Romans 13:5 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” And Romans 8: 38-39 that took my breath upon my first reading of it: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Perhaps you are not a believer in eternal love because you have been hurt by people,Continue reading »

Someone came up to me the other day and sighed, “Believing in God doesn’t work.” I asked him if he had prayed and he got a bit irritated. “Of course I prayed. But God didn’t say anything, and my problems are now bigger than ever.” What are we to say to someone who needs some real encouragement in such times of doubt and frustration? God is a whole lot bigger than that little box in which we put Him, and our own understanding can cause us a lot of problems. Let’s look at it for a moment. There is a well known anecdote about a shipwrecked sailor who got washed ashore on an uninhabited island. As a real modern Robinson Crusoe he set out to survive, and built himself a small hut and lived off the fruits and herbs he could find. And every day he desperately prayed to God for rescue. But it didn’t seem God was answering. One day, when he was hunting, his little hut caught fire.Continue reading »

She met me at the door; dancing. There she was, jumping up and down for joy, barking and wagging her tail as if to say: ‘He’s back, my master is back!’ After a long and tiring day I received the most wonderful welcome from our black Labrador Retriever. It made me feel good and I couldn’t help but smile and give her the attention she demanded. After all, a dog is man’s best friend. But then a funny thought struck me: “Am I just as excited when I meet with Jesus?” I’ll be honest. I have a ways to go. I treasure prayer and I enjoy studying my Bible, but compared to the sincere outburst of joy that’s coming from my dog upon seeing me, I have a ways to go. Why is my dog so happy to see me? I suppose the answer is as simple as it is deep. It’s because she treasures being with me. She isn’t only happy because she knows I secure her food, andContinue reading »

Strangely enough, God usually gets the blame for everything that we consider unpleasant. It’s human nature to consider everything bad in our lives to be the fault of circumstances, others or God, and everything good the logical consequence of our own smartness. Even an atheist blames God. He is the fellow who shakes his fist & defies the God he claims doesn’t exist. Not a very good picture. It’s why the Bible has not much good to say about the carnal man and our inborn sinful nature that we all have to battle with. But the good news is that God never rewards us according to our sins and shortcomings and always treats us with grace, understanding and mercy. We can read about it in Psalm 103. In fact the vision God has for us, is a vision of joy and true happiness. God believes in happiness. He is a happy God, who knows our frame and understands our deepest needs and wants us to be happy too. Of course,Continue reading »

God has many names that describe aspects of His nature. For example, He is called El Shaddai, which means “Lord God Almighty”, and Adonai, which is “Lord/Master,” El Roi means “God who sees.” I think we often believe that God does not answer every prayer, although we say we do. We bring our requests to the throne for healing, deliverance from trials, and salvation for loved ones, believing God is able. The problem of unbelief is not necessarily about the “big” prayers – curing cancer, providing food and shelter, or relief from financial woes – but disbelief that God is invested in or concerned with everyday problems that happen in the hours between waking and sleeping again. Perhaps we think God is too busy. There are a lot of needs out there and millions or even billions of prayers rising to God on His throne every second, every minute, every day for people who need prayer much more than we do. What does God’s Word say about prayer and faith? Matthew,Continue reading »

Fear and faith both like to sail into the harbor of our thoughts and there unload their cargo. It should be abundantly clear that fear should never be allowed to throw out its anchor, but should be banned immediately. Let’s welcome faith however with open arms. Faith is the voice of God and will bring good tidings and cargo from far away places. There is a beautiful story about a small, sick boy somewhere in the African jungle, who lay sick in his hut with a high fever. There was little hope for the boy. His body was weak and he seemed more dead than alive. An old missionary was trying to save the boy, but he lacked the supplies that were needed. ‘If only I would have some ice,’ the old man thought to himself. ‘Then I could control the fevers better and would I be able to save this boy’s life.’ But where can you find ice in the middle of tropical Africa? But the mother of theContinue reading »

“I am free to do as I please . . . am I not?” -Matthew 20:15 Matthew, a tax collector and no stranger to business dealings, presents a parable of Jesus concerning a rich man who owned vineyards. The man hired day laborers, as was the custom of the time, in the early morning, midmorning, noon, midafternoon, and late afternoon. However, he paid them all the same amount. This meant that those who worked all day received the same day’s wage as those who only worked an hour. To some of the workers this seemed unfair and to many in our present age this is an unusual practice. Businessmen do not get rich by overpaying their workers. The owner replied to the complaints that it was his money to with as he pleased (Matthew 20:15). Jesus’ parable tells us that God’s labor relations are different than those of man. So it is with entry into the Kingdom of God and being granted Salvation. God grants entry to the Kingdom andContinue reading »

“How do I follow God when I can’t even see Him?” The young man that was talking to me seemed sincerely puzzled. I wanted to tell him that you follow God by faith. Faith is something that is rooted in a deep conviction that God is there, that His word is trustworthy and that He will keep the promises He made. You follow God by taking little steps forward into the unknown, while you hold fast to that conviction. While I was thinking about it, I was reminded of another person who didn’t really seem to know how to follow God either. The story is told in John 20 and begins when some of the disciples excitedly told Thomas they had seen the risen Christ… I can almost picture Thomas, struggling with the logic of this impossible statement: ‘I cannot believe that. It’s impossible.” He was shouting it out. The day had been stressful and tense and everybody was on edge. But to Thomas that was no excuse. To thinkContinue reading »