Evil in the World Part 2: We are bent towards evil

 

We are bent towards evil and breaking the commandments

As people, we are bent toward evil We are magnetized towards it, and it’s been like that in the beginning.  Genesis 6:5 Before the total world flood, the direction and trend of men’s lives were only towards evil, and there was a significant extent of human wickedness. In  Genesis 8:21b God says, “Man is bent towards evil from his earliest youth.”  Despite this, God promised to never destroy the earth again after the flood.  In Ecclesiastes 9:3 Solomon says, “The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live.” Jeremiah confirmed this in Jeremiah 17:9- “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it?” In Colossians 1:21, the apostle Paul nails it when he says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight…..” In James 1:21, Jesus’s half-brother James tells us, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent.” And that was 2000 years ago! What about now in 2017? Continue reading

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The problem of evil in our world- Part 1

Let’s define EVIL:

Big picturesomething not morally good; wicked. Arising out of bad character or behavior, individually or corporately. It usually originates in the heart.

As  Christians, we must try and grasp its hold on us and our culture/society.

This blog on the topic of EVIL is a four part series. We are in part 1. Let’s get going……………..

There are evil deeds John 3:19-20 Jesus taught, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world (Jesus himself), but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” Continue reading

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Angels: Real Spiritual Beings Part 2

You might think differently when you see your next feather

Last week, in response to the blog on angels, I got this email from a reader (I am paraphrasing to protect her privacy):

“My son was recently diagnosed with cancer.  The entire situation understandably has produced stress. I read your blog if angels are real and if one sees a white feather. One morning as I was getting dressed I needed to get something from another room and I turned on the light and my eyes looked at a white feather in front of my feet. What a reminder that our Heavenly Father watches over us and has it all planned out.”  This made me think of this wonderful Psalm:

Psalm 91:4 says “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Continue reading

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Angels: Real Spiritual beings

Christians don’t talk much about angels, though angels and what they do are well defined in the Bible. As you will see, the Bible stresses their absolute reality, and their ministry among us humans.  The fact that we don’t talk about them is likely related to the fact we don’t think about them much either. Sad. Why is that? Probably a couple of reasons. First, we mere humans have finite minds. Having a clear view of anything past our noses takes focus, knowledge, and study. Second, we have to deal with what  I call the finite-infinite gap that plagues us. Study the Bible with me as we focus on some key verses on Angels in the Bible.

Billy Graham says this: “Bookstores and libraries have shelves of books on demons, the occult and the devil. Why is the devil getting so much more attention from writers than angels? Some people seem to put the devil on a par with God. But actually, Satan is a fallen angel.” Continue reading

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If no Resurrection; No Christianity Part 2

Don’t miss the main message after the resurrection of Jesus– Matthew 28:5-7 The angel of the Lord gave four messages to the women after Jesus was resurrected (Mary Magdalene and the “other” Mary): 1) Do not be afraid! 2) He is not here 3) Come and see. Check it out. 4) Go quickly and tell.  This is the same message to us today:

No matter what, we need not fear. Believe in the resurrection. Check out the claims of Jesus. Tell others about Jesus.

It’s that simple. Continue reading

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If there is no Resurrection, there is no Christianity

The Tomb is empty!

Perhaps you have had a loved one pass away recently. Maybe a tragic accident, heart attack, stroke, cancer or other incurable disease.  If they were believers, then you have a hope of their resurrection, and that right now, as of this second, they are basking in the light of heaven!

Today’s  blog will be especially meaningful for you. Because you see, if there is no resurrection, there is no Christianity. No Christian faith. Period. Continue reading

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Our final dwelling place: Heaven Part 2

Heaven is like a cityHebrews 11:16 Men and women of Christian faith live for heaven.  God has made a heavenly city for them.  Hebrews 12:22-24  Heaven is the city of God (called the heavenly Jerusalem). 1000’s upon 1000’s of angels are there in joyful assembly.  Believer’s names are written in heaven; their spirits will be perfect, and Jesus is there, the mediator of the New covenant.  Continue reading

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