How do we know anything in this world? How do we know whether a defendant in court is guilty or innocent if we didn’t see the crime with our own eyes? Well we simply compile the evidence, analyze it and make the proper judgment based on the evidence. We use reason, logic and scientific evidence to determine how we know anything in this life. The same is true with God. Many atheists mock the existence of God saying that since we can’t “test” Him with the scientific method, there’s no evidence of His existence. Are they right? The problem with their line of reasoning is that they never reason that way in other matters of life (e.g. court cases). We can, through logic, reason and the available scientific evidence know for certain that God exists. Here’s a very concise, simple explanation of this issue at http://alivewithchrist.com/proofgodexists/ we can also learn the answer to how can I get saved there as well.
Have you ever had someone special in your home for dinner? If you could spend the evening hosting anyone in the world you wanted to, who would it be? What lengths would you go to in order to make the evening special for them? Would you have the meal catered by a professional chef? Would you slave all day to prepare a gourmet dinner? Or…would you just pull out a Tupperware of leftover spaghetti and slap it on a T.V. tray for them? Of course you’d never dream of doing that! If you had someone important over for dinner you’d go all out to show them how honored you were to share the evening with them. Unfortunately, even though we’d never feed someone important our old leftovers, a lot of times that’s what we give God. In fact the Bible talks about some Jews who were trying to offer Him the “leftovers” in their sacrifices:
“You are presenting defiled food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is to be despised.’ “But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the Lord of hosts…But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the Lord of hosts, “and My name is feared among the nations.” (Malachi 1:7-8, 14)
Rather than offering God the very best of their flock (cf. Lev. 1:10), they were giving Him the weak and blind animals. These were the animals they didn’t want anyways, and they thought God would be pleased if they sacrificed them to Him. God rebukes them because they would never consider giving these animals to their earthly governors, yet they tried to pawn them off on the “great King” of the universe. God called these sacrifices “evil.” Since they weren’t offering God their very best not only did God reject their sacrifices, He cursed them. As Christian’s, God has called us to offer Him sacrifices too:
“you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)
God doesn’t accept just any old sacrifices from us; He demands that they be “acceptable” by His standards. Just like in days of Malachi, God still requires our very best.
Do you typically:
Give more money to McDonald’s or your favorite clothing store than to God each week?
Devote more time raising awareness for an earthly charity than in winning souls to Christ?
Sing more passionately while listening to the radio than when you’re worshiping God?
Devote more time to a television program than to studying God’s word?
Spend more time talking about politics than you do talking to God in prayer?
Dress your best at work or on a date but come worship Him like you just rolled out of bed?
If that describes you…you may be committing the same “evil” that God rebuked the Jews for in Malachi’s day (cf. Mal. 1:8).
But someone might argue, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). Well, it’s true that just because something looks good on the outside, that doesn’t mean it’s pleasing to God on the inside. However, Jesus says that whatever’s in our heart will be reflected in our outward actions/appearance (Matthew 15:18-20). If our heart is truly 100% dedicated to pleasing and glorifying God, then we’ll never offer Him anything but our very best. If we want God to be pleased with us, we must show Him He’s number One.
Have you ever been in an important meeting or a big date where you didn’t make absolutely sure that your appearance and hygiene were just right? Of course not! We realize that when we want to make a good impression even something as small as a ketchup stain on a shirt can make a huge difference. This is why experts recommend against ordering a salad on important occasions where a meal is involved. Although one might think that a salad would communicate healthiness and maturity, it’s one of the worst options because of how messy they can be. Not only do the bites tend to be larger, but the chances of lettuce getting stuck in your teeth are very high. You may be saying all the right things, but you can rest assured that people are focusing on that piece of lettuce in your teeth.
Recently I was working out at our local gym here in Denver, CO. This is only about 30 minutes away from Aurora, where the tragic shooting during the premier of the new Batman movie took place just over a month ago. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
Many people in America find themselves living under a double-standard. They love the tremendous freedoms and privileges American citizenship offers, and yet they protest the very laws that govern them. They fail to realize that in order to receive the benefits, it’s imperative that they submit to the laws this country stands for. Much of the same attitude permeates the world of denominational “Christianity.” Many well-intentioned people have argued that the only requirement of the Christian is belief that Jesus is the risen Christ. They preach that rules and regulations have no part in their religion, often citing the apostle Paul who wrote, “…for you are not under law but under grace,” (Rom. 6:14). It is certainly true that that we are no longer under the Mosaic Law as a requirement for salvation (Rom. 7:6). However, does that mean there are no laws that govern the Christian walk? Does our New Testament advocate a “belief-only” Christianity? CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
The salvation of sinful men and women throughout history has come through one avenue: the grace of God. Even the Jews, who served under the Law of Moses, were saved solely by God’s grace rather than their own works (c.f. Hebrews 9:15). However, some people embrace God’s gift of salvation in a rather smug manner. Their view of grace is that it allows them to continue to engage in their favorite sins; all the while they maintain their hope of heaven. They may say something like, “God knows I’ll never be perfect. I’m a sinner and His grace is there to cover it.” Did you know there was a time when God’s people viewed His grace in that very manner? He sent them the prophet Isaiah to CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
In 1546 English playwright John Heywood first recorded the idiom, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” The idea behind this expression is a paradox. On the one hand a person who eats their cake no longer has it, but on the other hand as long as you try to preserve your cake you can never eat it. We often use this figure of speech to help people consider their own logic. How illogical is it to desire to eat a delicious piece of cake and yet expect it to remain in your possession indefinitely?
When it comes to Christianity, “grace” is a topic that certainly fits well with this discussion. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
Last month Stephanie Decker, made a decision that would change her life forever. While getting her children ready for school one morning, a tornado suddenly touched down near her Indiana home. Rushing her two young sons to the basement, Stephanie barely had time to seek cover before the house’s windows shattered. It was during that terrifying moment that she made the split-second decision to protect her children. Stephanie wrapped both of her children in a heavy blanket and threw her body on top of them to shield them from the storm. As the storm worsened, all kinds of furniture, and wooden beams struck Stephanie as she covered her children. When the tornado subsided, Stephanie had suffered massive damage to her legs and would later have both of them partially amputated. Amazingly neither of her children experienced any injuries thanks to their mother’s bravery in the face of death.
Unlike Stephanie, many people freeze in a moment of panic such as this. Often when we’re faced with an intimidating situation our fear paralyzes us, and we do absolutely nothing. This is the very problem that Timothy faced in Ephesus. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
Have you ever needed to stop and laugh at yourself when you discover that you’re getting all worked up over something that should never annoy you? I recently turned on my computer in order to quickly check some information, and I found myself needing to make a snack because I didn’t want to sit there and wait as my computer booted up. It was getting on my nerves, and I needed to focus my attention elsewhere. Just how long did my computer take to fully power on? It lasted a whopping 56 seconds… What is the deal here? As it turns out I’m not alone in my difficulty to wait and focus on a goal. According to the Associated Press the average attention span in 2012 only lasts for about 8 seconds! If you think that’s bad, listen to this. The average attention span of a gold fish is longer at 9 seconds! We certainly live in a “fast-food” society where we want everything right now. If we can’t get it, then we just go somewhere else that will deliver the goods quicker.
This sad reality doesn’t automatically turn itself off in regards to a Christian’s anticipation of their future reward of heaven. Sometimes when we experience a rough patch in our lives CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
If you’re like most Americans, once in a while you’ll stop in at a fast-food restaurant to satisfy a craving. This is fine, so long as it’s only “once in a while.” Morgan Spurlock learned this the hard way. Spurlock is famous for making the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.” In the film, he eats nothing but McDonald’s food for one month.
By the end of the month, Spurlock’s body underwent severe changes including:
- His cholesterol raising over 30 points
- Gaining 25 lbs.
- A 13% increase in overall body mass
- A malfunctioning liver
- Mood swings and depression
Sometimes Christians make the same mistake. …Click Here To See Full Article