Of Fools and Blind Faith

[335 words] Both evidence and reason point convincingly to faith in God. The charge of “blind faith,” often leveled against the conviction of believers, better describes the plight of those who see a world without God. “For every house is built by someone, and He that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4, McCord.) A house suggests a builder. To imagine a house building itself, or accidentally exploding into existence, is to contemplate the absurd. Such a nonsensical notion, absent any empirical, philosophical, or historical foundation, is “blind faith” to the extreme. But there is a faith equally ridiculous and...

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How God Speaks Through Nature

[174 words] George Washington Carver said, “I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour and every moment of our lives, if we will only tune in and remain so.” There is an element of truth to what Carver said. The Bible says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been...

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This is Not Heaven!

[193 words] Why do bad things happen to Good People? This is a most perplexing question, even for many religious scholars. Possibly the best answer that could ever be given came from the mouth of a little child, David Jones, son of Blake and Rebekah Jones. David said bad things happen to good people because, “This is not heaven.” He is so right. This is a world that has been influence by Satan, so there is bad and evil everywhere. The bad touches both the righteous and the unrighteous. However, in the world to come only the wicked will suffer....

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Christianity is Good for You!

[182 words] It turns out that Christianity is good for you, and good for your kids. Aren’t I Captain Obvious? Well, I suppose if you have been listening too much to certain atheists it might not be obvious. Richard Dawkins has claimed teaching children to accept their parent’s religion is child abuse, and suggests it’s even more damaging than sexual abuse. Interesting attention-grabbing statement—and completely wrong. If you look at Christian families with unbiased eyes it is to see how beneficial practicing Christian faith can be. If you need further proof, consider a 2018 Harvard Study. Researchers kept track of...

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Will Jews Be Saved Without Obedience to Christ?

[546 words] The Jews, under the Old Law, were God’s chosen people. God dealt with them, and blessed them, in ways that He did not with Gentiles. But when Jesus died on the cross; that Old Law died with Him, for He “took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” (Col. 2:14). Jesus said, “if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins”(John 8:24). Jews must now believe and accept Jesus as their Savior. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:...

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Lessons from a Watermelon

[304 words] William Jennings Bryan wrote of a visit he made to a restaurant in which he ordered a slice of watermelon. He writes, “I was so pleased with the taste of the melon that I took the seeds home with me to plant in my garden. That night a thought came to my mind. How many watermelon seeds would it take to make a pound? The next day I weighed them and found that it would take about 5,000 dried seeds to weigh one pound. A few weeks later I planted just one of the seeds. Under the influence...

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What We Believe

[440 words] Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). On another occasion the apostle Peter stated, “There is salvation in none other. For there is none other name under heaven given among men, wherein we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). Here the Bible teaches that for one to be saved they must come to the Father through the Son. There is no other way to be saved. One cannot circumvent Jesus and get to heaven. These two passages are troubling to liberal theologians. The...

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Is Our Sin God’s Fault?

[423 words] None of us ask to be born, yet we were given life anyway from our Creator (Job 10:8-9; Ps. 100:3; 119:73; 139:14). And yes, we have all sinned (Ro. 3:23; Eccl. 7:20; 1 Kg. 8:46), but isn’t that partially God’s fault? Our omniscient God knew we would be tempted of the devil and fail. Our all-powerful Maker could’ve prevented it and seemingly did nothing. And so, how is God not somehow responsible for our sin predicament and eternal consequences? Surely the God of us all, owes us all, for putting us in this situation. First, God made us...

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Seven Wonders of the Word

[272 words] Psalm 119:161 I am impressed with the following seven wonders of the Word. The wonder of its INSPIRATION! Not just part of it, not just the thoughts of it, but “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). To the very jot (tiniest letter) and tittle (tiniest projection which distinguishes one letter from another), it is inspired (Matt. 5:18). The wonder of its FORMATION! It didn’t all come at once but over a period of some 1,600 years, “…precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little” (Isa. 28:10). The wonder of...

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The Omnipresence of God

[236 words] Even the most influential and powerful person in the world can only be in one place at one time. But that ‘is not true of God. Jehovah is an omnipresent being, i.e., His presence is in all places at all times. In Jeremiah 23:24, we read, ‘”Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?’ says the LORD; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the LORD.” The obvious answer to these questions is that there is nowhere we can hide from the LORD because He does indeed fill heaven and earth. King...

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Dialogue

[116 words] Skeptic: “If there is a good, all-powerful God, why doesn’t he end all the evil, violence, wickedness and suffering in the world?” Christian: “He will. When Christ comes again he will judge the world in righteousness, punish all evil doers and bless and reward the faithful.” Skeptic: “What is he waiting for? Why hasn’t he already done that?” Christian: “Because he loves you and is giving you more opportunity. He is ‘patient toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9). God’s reason for delaying his coming and judgment is...

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God’s Wonderful Creation

[371 words] The only way we can know about the creation is from God who did the creating. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Everything was created by the power of God. The first thing God did was to create light and in Genesis 1:4 “God called the light day and the darkness night. So the evening and the morning was the first day.” Each day including each day of the creation has light for day and darkness for the night. Also all six days of creation had both an evening and a...

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The Beatles

[310 words] For a couple of weeks now, people have been celebrating the influence of the Beatles on the music industry. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the “British Invasion” that shook the foundation of the entertainment industry in our nation. Since the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan television program, their influence has been felt. Many modem-day musicians point to John, Paul, George, and Ringo as inspirations in their musical careers. Even today, millions of people continue to pump money into Beatle paraphernalia. It is truly an amazing feat for a musical group to continue to be...

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First Man in Space

[128 words] As a teenager, I remember a young Russian Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man to enter space. This happened on April 12, 1961. I am sure he said many things while in space. But, the one thing I remember that he said on his fist trip around the earth is, “I can see no God.” I wish that not only could he know the Creator, but I wish that all who live could see God as Maker and Sustainer. “But there is a God in heaven” (Daniel 2:28). Mr. Gagarin died in a plane crash as a...

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

[287 words] The above cited question is one that has been asked repeatedly down through the years. It doesn’t seem fair, many times, that good people suffer, especially at the hands of an evil-doer. Why do bad things happen to good people? • Bad things happen to good people as a result of sin (cf. Gen. 3:14ff; 4:1ff; Joshua 7:1ff). • Bad things happen to good people so that they will learn to trust God (cf.Ex. 14:1ff; Matt. 14:28ff). • Bad things happen to good people to make them stronger (cf. 2 Cor. 12:10; James 1:2-4). • Bad things happen...

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The Problem of Evil

[433 words] “Why doesn’t God keep children safe? Why does He allow children to die from cancer or accidents?” These are questions that are often asked in our world. Some people stop believing in God because terrible things happen to innocent children. Sometimes, folks have difficulty understanding how a good and benevolent God could allow terrible things to happen to the innocent children. Those who ask these questions must realize there are terrible diseases in this world. They came into the world at the same time sin entered. Since the souls that sin shall die (Ezekiel 18:4), diseases entered the...

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Einstein, God, and the Bible

[290 words] Deep down, most of us have at one time or another questioned the existence of God. That should not be surprising, as even the greatest minds in history have also struggled with that question. Consider Albert Einstein, for example. While Einstein did not believe in the God of the Bible, he did believe in some creative force behind the cosmos that he called “God.” In 2008, a letter he wrote about a year before he died was auctioned off for over $400,000.00 in which the great scientist questioned the existence of God. In that letter, Einstein wrote, “The...

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We Ought to Know How to Answer Every Man!

[148 words] Children of God should know what they believe and why they believe it. Further more, they should be able to relate their convictions to others. In Colossians 4:6 are these thought provoking words from Paul, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Someone has suggested that speaking with grace may indicate the pleasant, winsome manner of presenting the truth, and that seasoned with salt may indicate the clever manner in which it is presented. It is obviously true that the manner in which one...

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Omnipotent

  [170 words] A college student asked his preacher, “Do you think there is life on other planets?”  The preacher said, “No, I don’t think so.”  The student replied, “You mean, all those billions and billions and billions of planets out there–and you don’t think there’s life out there?”  He said, “No, I really don’t think so.”  The student then asked, “Then, why did God go to all that trouble to make all that stuff?”  The preacher said, “What trouble?”  “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm,...

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The Indestructible Word

  [197 words] Many have tried to destroy the Bible. In a.d. 303, the Roman emperor Diocletian issued an edict to destroy Christians and their Bibles. Over a burned Bible, he built a monument on which he wrote the words, “Extincto momene Christianorum” (the name Christian is extinguished). Twenty years later, Diocletian was dead and the new Emperor Constantine commissioned fifty copies of the Bible to be prepared at government expense. In 1776 Voltaire, the French philosopher, announced, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible in the earth except one that is looked upon by...

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Earth’s Cousin?

[238 words] Have you heard about Kepler-452b? Maybe you’ve seen the headlines recently that read something like this: NASA discovers Earth-like planet orbiting “cousin” of Sun. The idea is to emphasize just how un-special we really are. If we exist by complete accident…if we Owe our existence to time and chance…it would not be outside the realm of possibility that other planets and life evolved also. We are not unique or special. However, I would caution you to read such headlines with a critical and discerning mind that has been informed by Scripture as well as science. Currently, there is...

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No Stone Unturned

  [303 words] In Mark 13:1-2 we read, “As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.” A very bold and specific prediction, yet it didn’t seem very likely. Even if the temple was destroyed, who would go to all that effort? Some of the stones weighted over 400 tons. However, it turn out Jesus was exactly right. Four decades...

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I Know There is a God!

  [330 words] There are so many people in the world today claiming that there is no God. Well I am here to state that I know there is a God and I can prove it. You may ask how I can be so confident. I know for one hundred percent certainty that God exists for the same reasons the Psalmist expressed in Psalm 19. I know there is a God because of His world (Psa. 19:1-6). The creation literally screams out that there is a Creator. The designed speaks of a Designer (Heb. 3:4). If we choose not to...

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Jesus’ Deity

[163 words] Many books have been written by men concerning the deity of Jesus but there is no need to read any of them. Just read the Bible and you will be convinced that Jesus is God. Here is a simple verse that sets forth the deity of Jesus: “‘Behold! The virgin will conceive in her womb and will bear a son, and they will call His name Emmanuel’ (which translated is, God with us)” (Matt. 1:23). When we were in Sierra Leone an elderly preacher, brother Gibbs, came for a visit. Our landlord, a Muslim, invited us to dinner...

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