Smarter Than God

Is it possible that we are educating ourselves into imbecility? I’ve heard Ravi Zacharias quote this phrase many times, and it still gives me pause.  Paul foretold such foolishness when he wrote to Timothy: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The irony cannot be ignored: People who deny the existence of demons are, in fact, most vulnerable to their control.  People who turn away from God and become more “enlightened”… Read More

Tolerance and Truth

Truth is polarizing. It can be rejected or accepted, but it will not be affected one way or another- it will still be truth.  Many people, over the course of thousands of years, were moved by God to write letters, historical accounts, prayers, songs, poetry, or prophetic messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the compilation of which we refer to as the Holy Bible, God’s word.  Two examples are Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, whose unenviable job was to confront Israel’s sin and rebellion; and John, the New… Read More

Buy Truth. 

Truth is a like a rare, costly gem – it is sought for and identified, then mined and verified.  Ignorance and foolishness, on the other hand, are neither rare nor have great value. They are commodities readily accessible to any and all.  Truth is worth whatever time and resources demanded from us to obtain it. The writer of Proverbs said: Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭23‬:‭23‬ ESV) We live in a world of moral relativism in which absolute truth is considered intolerant. We are… Read More

Know What You Believe

Entering into this year I sensed God calling me (and our church) to “dig deep and lay strong foundations of faith.” In response to that prompting we have committed ourselves to a diligent study of God’s word, to know what we believe and why we believe it. When Paul came to Berea he found a group of people who not only received the word he brought, but also examined the Scriptures for themselves. As a result, many people placed their faith in Jesus Christ. …for they received the word with great eagerness,… Read More

Five Characteristics of a Reasonable Believer

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭2‬ ESV) Unreasonable people weary me. Unreasonable Christians concern me. Christianity is not merely a “feeling” religion, it is a dynamic relationship that engages my mind and will, as much as my emotions. Although my faith in Christ is a spiritual reality, its implications and applications touch spirit, soul, and body. Paul came to the city of Thessalonica and reasoned with the people regarding Jesus Christ. His approach, although candid, was… Read More