A dove, representing the Holy Spirit, the earnest of our inheritance

The Earnest of Our Inheritance

Paul the apostle wrote the following words to the church at Ephesus: “…After that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession….” (Ephesians 1:13b, 14a). Of course, the purchased possession refers to what Jesus secured for us on the cross at Calvary. We have … Continue Reading →

Group studying the Bible

Change Your Thinking, Change Your World

When our thinking is errant or misguided, it will negatively impact our life. This is not only true for those who don’t know the Lord but for Christians as well. Yes, I am saying that you can be a genuine Christian and still be screwed up in the way you think. But you don’t have to stay that way. You … Continue Reading →

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream

The message Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for is his “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. At the time, it was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington’s history.  One profound line in this speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day … Continue Reading →

Woman praying

Prayer is Essential to Knowing the Will of God

We don’t intuitively know the will of God. We have the Bible as our primary way of knowing His will for our life. But the Bible can’t fully reveal God’s will about every aspect of our life. Some things we must pray to God about and know how to hear from Him. That’s one of the reasons Jesus taught that … Continue Reading →

Scary Preacher

Guess Who’s Preaching in the Pulpit

My purpose for this blog post is not to cast a negative light on preachers of the gospel. After all, I am a preacher myself. But yesterday, I met a former preacher who is now an atheist. Such an encounter can be eye-opening in terms of who is sometimes preaching in the pulpit. On a broader scale, it underscores the … Continue Reading →

Directional signs to belief and unbelief

It is Through Faith We Understand

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). When you think about it, this is a profound verse. If it is through faith that we understand this, then we conclude that without faith one cannot understand that the … Continue Reading →

Man talking rudely on phone

Christians Should Talk Differently

I have been thinking about the recent riots surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. There has been so much anger and destruction displayed in our streets as a result. I have had my fill of the political rhetoric from conservatives and liberals on the issue. And at times I have been appalled by some of the expressions … Continue Reading →