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Nobody is more Gracious than God

Atheists like to paint God as a hateful being, but there is nothing that could be further from the truth. God willingly sent His Son to die for His creation. We often take this for granted, but it is truly amazing. It would be comparable to sacrificing your son for a computer. This is incomprehensible to us, such that, it is difficult to even accept the comparison. God's demonstration of this kind of gracious love is one of the major reasons why I follow Jesus so willingly and absolutely. Even though there is a lot of pain and suffering in this world, it is not because of a lack of love. If God is willing to sacrifice His Son, there is nothing that He would hold back unless it was the only way.
Many people see the state of the world and think they would allow a lot less evil and pain, but the truth is it would be so much worse. Nobody is more gracious than God, we should all put ourselves at His mercy, just like King David did: "I am in great distress. Let us fall into the ha…

Praying for a Sign

"He's an atheist now?" I exclaimed, "What happened?" He really wanted a girlfriend but could not find one, so he prayed for a sign that God loved him. The sign he was looking for never came.
What sign would have convinced him? A million dollars, tax free, in the bank, or perhaps a new promotion at work? Or, was there really only one sign he was looking for? The answer seems obvious enough, and his "prayer" a bit disingenuous. He wasn't really praying at all, he was giving God an ultimatum. 
God is no one's fool. What more can God do to show that He loves the world, than give His only Son? Those who refuse that sign, will not receive another one.
"Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." But He answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of…

Sitting for Truth

Standing up for truth is rare in our society. Most people avoid standing in the name of middle ground, "not stirring the pot," or simply self-preservation.  Those who do it out of self-preservation are cowards and they know it, but the others still think they have virtue. Of course, there are situations where at least the first two are valid responses, but not all situations.
Middle grounders are like parasites, they can't have an opinion unless there are two people with opposing opinions first. And, they don't take a stand until the sides have been picked. Truth is like a bullseye, it doesn't count for 50 unless you hit the mark. Those who take middle ground between what is right and what is wrong are also wrong. Unfortunately, they often think of themselves as wise because they think they can see how both of the sides are wrong, but they are fools for not realizing the nature of truth. Truth needs to be determined on its own merits.
Those who "don't st…

Practical Christian Philosophy - Don't get caught holding the bag

Alison was an important ambassador for a great country living in a very luxurious country. She made over 6 figures a year and enjoyed the best of what this life had to offer. Alice had a house, a luxury car, and everything else she desired. It was like Santa came for Christmas one year and left the whole bag at her house.

Then one day she heard a knock on the door. She opened the door and the lights of the cameras blinded her as the reporters shoved microphones in her face. "What have you done with all of the money that you made?" The reporters had done their homework and knew about every penny she had spent. Alison knew that she was in trouble, and there was not much she could do. If only she could go back in time, but that was impossible. Instead of maximizing the interests of her country, she had got caught up in the interest of the foreign country. She got caught holding the bag.

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be …

Finding God

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in very much (Luke 16:10). Every day of our lives we are faced with little decisions, they seem insignificant at the time, but in the end they plot the course of our life. Our tendency is to think the opposite. We evaluate our lives on the big decisions, but the problem is that by the time we realize we are making bad decisions it is already too late.

Adultery is the result of lustful thoughts. Lustful thoughts are not the result of adultery. Pornography, the second look, and wondering thoughts all lead to adultery. In fact, they are the foundation of adultery. Every time that these "small" actions remain unjudged is another step down the road of adultery.

Lying seems innocuous at first, but it ends in self-delusion. At first lying is about not offending people, then it is about being in a difficult situation, then it is about it not being a big deal, a…