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Infinite Value

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:44-45)."

Christianity is unique among all the religions in the world. Every other religion preaches violence or indifference towards enemies, but Jesus Christ preaches loving and praying for them. This God is truly worthy of worship. If this characteristic were displayed consistently by Christians it would blind the whole world with the glory of God. Why is it seemingly absent?

One reason why this characteristic is not displayed is because we think that it only applies to life and death situations and not to our every day life. There is this common misconception that we would stop a bullet for someone but not give them a ride if they are too far away from our house. If we are not willing to go out of our way for someone now what makes us think w…

No Other Name

"There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)."

The name Jesus is nothing special taken out of context. We know this for sure because the name Jesus is a translation from a different language, another name could have been chosen. Even when the name Jesus is used to refer to the historic Jesus of Nazareth, it still is not meaningful (if you only think He is man like everyone else). The power and the meaning of the name of Jesus comes when we understand who He is as He revealed Himself.

People can only be saved if they understand and believe in Him. Does this mean they have to know the English name Jesus? No, because there are thousands of languages in the world. Do they have to understand the whole Bible faultlessly? No, because the early Christians may not have even had access to what we commonly call the Bible. It is clear that belief is based on knowing Jesus, but what is the minimum knowledge required?

This is a difficult ques…

Revelation and the Costa Concordia

The book of Revelation, the last book in the bible, is a fascinating book. Its content is hard to interpret authoritatively, but certain messages come through loud and clear. As of late, it seems that Evangelicals are studying this book once again, whether it is reading books, bible studies, sermon series, blogs, or debates. This renewed interest in Revelation may simply be coincidence or it could be the Holy Spirit telling us something greater.

Revelation is about judgment and the West is ready for judgment. Abortion, sexual perversion, divorce, and greed are hallmarks of our society and all of them are detestable to God. Judgment is at the door. Our excess of food and our prosperous ease is taken for granted while our system of greed teeters on the brink of financial ruin. The ship is listing and it is not an electrical problem. What will happen when the ship rolls on its side?

Many think of the West as being civilized, where dialogue occurs rather than war. This may be the case whe…

Faith

Faith is one of those words that everybody uses without thinking about what they are saying. It is like the words "till death do us part," the meaning is clear but few mean it. A proper understanding of faith is critical to Christianity.

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb. 11:1)." It does not operate without a frame of reference but requires a foundation. The strength of the foundation produces the assurance and conviction. People have more faith in a banker keeping their money safe then a thief. If the foundation of a house is unstable then so is the house. Faith is not greater than the foundation, it only displays its strength.  That is why faith in faith is absurd because it equates to having faith in oneself; a known unstable foundation, which only amounts to wishful thinking.

Some people like to think that faith will make God do stuff for them. They claim that if they believe something will happen, then God wil…

Sex and the Church

Selling ice to Eskimo's is like selling sex to the West; we both have too much of it and don't need it. There is one difference, however, and that is the West keeps buying it. Whether it is the latest PG13 movie or a church trying to get people into its doors, sex sells! Sadly, the church either does not respond or cannot be heard because of the lack of distinction it its voice. Many professing Christians today have sex outside of marriage but there is very little real talk of either accountability or responsibility. Is it that nobody feels they have the authority to speak on these issues because they have failed themselves? This may be the case but we still need speak out for the glory of God.

What does sex have to do with the glory of God? The act of sex is described as to know your husband or wife." Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain (Gen. 4:1)." This is not just a physical act but a spiritual act where the spirit of a man and a woman are unit…