“I am the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25 With these powerful words, Jesus announced that it He who was to come to conquer the power of death. Resurrection means to return from the dead and Jesus is the focus of the power which breaks the bonds of death and wherein a new life begins. It is in His being in which the God the Father placed all the creative power found in living world, so that we may have eternal life. People still die, as part of the natural cycle of human life. Jesus did not promise immortality, an undying and earthly body. His words look to eternity, with the Father, and strongly proclaim that death can no longer separate us from God the Father and Salvation. Death is the result of sin, a break in our relationship with God or a barrier between us and God which we ourselves place, and keeps us from entering into God’s Kingdom. By the Cross, Jesus took away our sins andContinue reading »

The enemy is scheming to knock us down. Satan has a very vested interest in separating us from each other and from Jesus. Satan uses whatever and whoever he can, including other believers. He incited Peter to try and discourage Jesus from the cross, and when that did not work, he got Peter to deny Jesus, hoping that Peter’s shame would keep him from Jesus forever. However, just as when we deny the Lord, He showed Peter the same grace He shows us. Instead of writing us off, He forgives us and, as the Bible says, “remembers our sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV). So when someone you love or another Christian says something to discourage you, don’t be fooled by Satan’s disguise. God has told us “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV) Let Satan’s attacks spur you on toContinue reading »

“For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” –Romans 1:20 Technology is amazing these days. Before it conked out on me, I was in love with my GPS in my car. I could plug in my address, my destination, and it would give me turn-by-turn instructions on how to get there. Did I still get lost? Of course. But the GPS was almost always correct in it’s calculations. This, to me, is how I look at the book of Romans. I have read this book through several times, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much wisdom and direction and life is packed into it! What Romans does is much like a GPS-it spells out the life of a Christian from beginning to end. From the initial address of who we used to be, to the end destination of what to do withContinue reading »

Once upon a time in England one tiny rat caused a whole dike to break. The rodent burrowed through the embankment and caused a tiny bit of water to seep through. Soon however this tiny trickle became a little stream and before long it broke the whole dike. By the time the problem was discovered, it was too late and three million gallons of water flooded the land. Apparently the canal was drained for a distance of seven miles and more than a million fish died. The damage was staggering. And all because of one rat? Yes, one rat did it all. Little things are important. *** We are usually not too concerned when little problems show up at the horizon of our lives. It’s not yet very big and we can still handle it easily. And yet, little things can be the start of big things, especially if we do not take little things seriously. The Bible admonishes us: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself, butContinue reading »

The other day I was discussing the world situation with a colleague at work and when I mentioned sin and the devil, he almost dropped his coffee. “You don’t actually believe in the devil, do you? That belief has long ago been proven to be false. It’s stuffy and has only served to scare people into church.” I smiled and shrugged. “Of course you’re free to believe whatever you want, but if you think that evil is not more than a miscommunication between people and can be easily overcome by carnal reasoning, you’ll have another thing coming.” There is so much more happening than we can see with the naked, fleshly eye and although we don’t want to spend too much time looking at the works of Satan, denying his existence is not a wise thing to do. *** Not too long ago there were still wild horses roaming around the prairies and wolves were a real threat. Horses were considered a delicacy by most wolves and were often followedContinue reading »

We Live In a World of Darkness 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? This world and this world’s kingdoms are under the domain of Satan (Ephesians 6:12). Satan is presently called the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Even Jesus refers to this world kingdom belonging to Satan (Matthew 12:26) Because of the fall of man and because of this act of disobedience all mankind has a sinful nature. Romans 5:12 ( NKJV ) Therefore, through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. The devil comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. Satan is not your friend, but he pretends that he is, and he will do whatever it takes to keep you from God. We once were of this world and a friend with the devil. But now we belong to God and are aContinue reading »

Three hundred years before Christ was born, Plato the Greek scholar, predicted an event: “That if ever the Truly Good Man were to appear, the Man who would tell the Truth, that man (He) would have his eyes gouged out and in the end be crucified” ~~~Plato the Grecian Philosopher 347 B.C. Well, ‘that man’ did appear telling the world, “I am the Truth, the Life and the Way” and as Plato foresaw, that Man was crucified. However, Jesus is more that just a good man. He’s the human-divine Son of God born of the Virgin Mary; the great High Priest who intercedes for His people at the right hand of God; founder of the Christian church and central figure of the human race. To be sure, God’s best intention for humanity is Jesus. He is the perfect God-man, who willingly took our sins upon Himself and experienced divine wrath in our place. Indeed, God accepted His death as full payment for our sins, and He raised Jesus from theContinue reading »