Last week I wrote a rather lighthearted piece about anxiety in the face of natural disasters (Why Worry?). While I fully believe all God’s promises that I quoted in that piece, I was reminded over the weekend that we face things far more painful, far more devastating than tornadoes. You see, a dear friend has…

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One thing working at a Christian apologetics[1] ministry for nearly 40 years has taught me is that your idea of who God is, what He is like, is very important. If you think of Him only as the vengeful God of the Old Testament who went around smiting His enemies, you are hardly going to…

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As a child I used to sing the gospel chorus, “Why worry, when you can pray? Trust Jesus, He will be your stay. Don’t be a doubting Thomas, lean fully on His promise, Why worry, worry, worry, worry when you can pray?”[1] But more often that I would like to admit, in my heart I…

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“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.’… So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female…. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed.” (Genesis 1: 26, 27, 31) Have…

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The Trinity was not caught off guard when Adam and Eve sinned. They knew it was coming. They expected it. They planned for it. They grieved over it. They overcame it—all long before it happened. Long before Jesus was nailed to the cross to die for our sins (John 19:17-18); Long before He sweat drops…

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9) Very likely everyone who reads this article understands the importance of working toward peace in our world. Peace at home; peace with our neighbors; peace in our church; racial reconciliation; and a whole host of other relationships. Among verses that could be…

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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8) The Scriptures tell us that “no one can see [God] and live” (Exodus 33:20) and that “no one has seen or can see” Him (1 Timothy 6:16). So something quite extraordinary must take place for Jesus to promise that some will “see God.”…

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Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 6:7 We have come to a turning point in our study of the Beatitudes. Arthur Pink explains,  “First, there is a discovery of the fact that I am nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing—poverty of spirit. Second, there is conviction of sin, a…

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