God wants us to give up something in order to get something of greater value. For instance, we give up our sinful ways for a righteous life. The Bible is full of examples of people who gave up something to please God.
When is it right to judge, will most good people go to heaven, how can we identify false prophets, how can we receive from God, what will it cost to enter God's kingdom? In this astonishing seventh chapter of Matthew's Gospel, we read Jesus' answer to these questions and more.
The Christian faith requires us to answer the same question God asked Adam in the beginning. In relation to God and, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, 'where are we'?
Christians are lights in a dark world, this is an important and great calling we all have as servants of God and followers of Christ.
The old saying, "practice makes perfect," also applies to our walk in Christ. There are some very encouraging principles that every believer should know.
The Bible addresses topics about things that will help people live a righteous life including the subject of lying. So, what does the Bible say about lying?
What is the "Love Is" poem? In this article you can read the selection, find out where it's from, get the context, and discover some complementary readings.
Most people become restless sometimes. What you do with your restlessness depends on you. Less about four biblical people who did something with their restlessness.
Every disciple of Christ has a bank account in heaven. It is unlike bank accounts here on earth, but you can deposit into it and make withdrawals while on earth.
God instituted friendship, find out how these verses can help you to overcome the many pitfalls of friendship.
Most people know what the late Aretha Franklin sang about "respect." Find out what the Bible says about "respect."
In the previous articles, we discussed the Deity of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Trinity and the roles of the Trinity in Salvation. In this article, we will look at the Trinty and Prayer.
Like Sharach, Meshach and Abednego of old, we are called as Christians to an uncompromising faith in a world that is no friend of God.
Heaven is on my mind every single day because heaven is my true home. I look forward to spending eternity there for several reasons.
Consumers have a credit report that shows their financial status. People also have an unwritten spiritual credit report that shows how a person is doing spiritually.
One man's unworthiness is redeemed while a prophecy predicts a coming single day when sin will be dealt a death blow.
This article looks at business from a Christian perspective.Is business based on Christian principles or not?
If you don't know how you should respond to God, read Hebrews 10. That one chapter gives you specific instructions on how you should respond to God based on what Jesus did on the cross.
The Tower of Babel account, recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 is a warning to modern man that pride still leads to destruction and that God will never be thwarted in His plans. It is best when we follow His design for our lives and not our own.
Trust signifies a firm belief in the ability, truth, strength, or reliability of someone or something. Here is an examination of trust.
1 John 4:8 - "Beloved, let us love one another . . . he who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Music has been integral to Christian worship since Biblical times. Its importance stems from its role as a medium of praise and worship, its sacrificial properties, and its ability to significantly alter emotions.
Many interesting things are overlooked in the short Book of Ruth. When those things are brought to your attention, you might also want to have "the spirit of Ruth."
In the genealogy of Jesus, five women are listed, suggesting their significance in a system which considered them insignificant; four of them add serious disgrace to the theme of God’s marvelous grace. One's different.
In this article, the authority of Abinadi is discussed. The life of Abinadi is virtually unknown until his public ministry. He appears on the public scene, preaches his message, and suffers his fate with the same determination as would his coming Messiah Jesus Christ.
Have you every wondered what prayer is, how we can see God, be truly satisfied, what the difference is between the old covenant law and the new or whether being religious really pleases God? Read on and discover the answers and find the master key to open all doors in the kingdom of Heaven.
A Glimpse into the history and Spirituality of one of Mother India's most lofty books - The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of The Transcendental Soul
While the term black sheep is typically used in families, you might be interested to know that it is also used in companies, churches, and other organizations where there is one member whose behavior is different from the majority especially if that behavior seems to jeopardize the group's image.
There are many different ways to experience the presence of God. God wants people to come into His presence. This can happen through the practice of spiritual disciplines.
The Creation Story in Genesis 1 is one of the most recognizable passages in the Bible. It is told in Sunday school and illustrated in picture books. But is the story of Creation important for understanding the rest of the Bible? (Part One)
A lot of people struggle all their lives to become rich and accumulate wealth. The more they have, the more they want to have. Learn what the Bible says about wealth.
Have you ever wondered why some verses in different Bible versions read so differently? Which versions are the most accurate? Does it matter which version I read? Here are the anwers to these questions.
"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts." (John Calvin) This can be your personal experience.
An honest evaluation of self may reveal that you are more in tune with religious activities than you are in hearing His voice.
Those who accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death experience humanly impossible changes made possible by His grace.Nothing is impossible.This is comprehensive assurance.
The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with many interesting and awesome stories. In their quest to take over and settle in God's promised land of Canaan, the Israelites had many battles. The Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, and David and Goliath are described in this article.
When tragedy happens, there has been a growing trend in Christianity. The expression "It is a God problem" implies that communities who do not follow Christian Law will suffer. Is America suffering because of this? Or is our obsessive culture of always needing to be right distorting our thinking?
Many have asked whether dinosaurs are found anywhere in the Bible. Various theories have been advanced. Are dinosaurs never mentioned? Were dinosaur bones put here by Satan? This article will definitively answer these questions and more.
This adapted translation of Sahih Al-Bukhari hadiths, and combined translation of Genesis from Hebrew, complement each other, telling the story of Hargar, and an infant Ishmael, finding a new life in a dry wilderness as Abraham returns to Sarah and celebrates the miracle of Isaac's birth.
Today’s Church is fractured. There are many different denominations who dislike each other. Christians today seemingly become divided over the smallest of theological differences. So how do we fix this?
The real Christmas story is different from the story than the one I was taught from books and from TV as a little boy. It was fun and interesting to research and I hope for you to read and pass on. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus presented below for your pleasure to read and learn. Merry Christmas!
Jesus was always surrounded by people. It is amazing how many people were associated with His birth. There were even more people surrounding Him when He died.
The ritual of the incense altar, mentioned in Exodus chapter 30, is not easily understood. What is its purpose, and what can we learn from it?
Here are fifteen quotes from Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, the Philippians, the Colossians and Philemon which can bring encouragement to those who are still imprisoned literally or otherwise.
Other than the preached word, there are some unusual activities that go in some churches during a worship service.
God has a plan for you, and if you want to live in accordance with His will this is the first thing you must do.
Rainbows hang from the sky like a drop-down from God’s universal menu to remind us of His love, His control and His protection. When the rainbow is behind us, it will be worth the turning around.
The birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25 every year. However, Jesus existed long before He was celebrated.
We were made to desire. We were made to desire God above all else. Our desires determine who or what we worship. God cannot be first and foremost in your life if you desire anything or anyone more than Him.
Living out his human life with no divine assistance beyond that offered to all men, Jesus felt as acutely as you or I the alluring sense of Satan's temptations. But in the midst of his internal struggles, Christ chose to trust no one, not even himself, over God.
God’s instructions are not just for our heads to increase our knowledge, to boost our posture of enlightenment, to give us more theories to discuss. God’s light is a practical guide for our walk.
Many people associate greed with overeating. However, greed involves more than just eating. READ MORE!
The testimony is personal.It doesn’t begin with “Some people” or "We have to.” It is a simple declaration of faith (evidence) which encourages both the speaker and the listener to thrive.What's yours?
When circumstances throw us down and we can't keep up, God can help us catch up. With just a minimal ray of hope, we can cry out for help. He is able to restore our souls and remedy our situations.
An article addressing the challenge presented by Jesus' words “unless you forgive each other from your heart.”
The Five Finger Prayer is a good way to teach children to pray. Some adults could use that method as well.
The Bible has four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, only Matthew and Luke record stories surrounding the birth of Jesus.
When you study the bible scriptures, you might find similarities between his life and your own that you didn't know existed. There are several things we can learn from this famous king.
With such great potential, Samson fell short because of sin and disobedience. Mighty in physical strength, he was weak in resisting temptation, his life a clear warning against the dangers of self-indulgence and lack of discipline.
Many people only know that Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. However, there is so much more that should be gleaned from the book including some real-life applications.
It is very true that a prophet is not accepted in his own hometown. Jesus was a good example of that. Like Jesus, some messengers of God are not accepted by their own families today.
It is interesting that almost every part of the body is listed in the Bible. It is also interesting to find out which part symbolizes.
Few prayers are better known than the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis The harmonious prayer serves as a reminder for humility and gratefulness during times of joy and rest and solace during times of sadness.
The Bible says a lot about perseverance. Do you know what it says? READ to find out what you should know about perseverance.
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered unimaginable agony, sorrow, and anxiety. He wrestled with yielding to God's will. His first drops of blood were shed there. And the disciples slept through their own battle.
When a Christian stands before the judgment seat, he is given his rewards according to his faithfulness of work and service to God he has done while here on earth in this life.
Worry tries to affect all of us, but if we can just pause and turn to God, we can breathe our way through whatever we're experiencing.
When we pursue righteousness and love, we find much more than that, and joy is contained in all that we find.
Just because Jezebel was evil, she is not included in many sermons or talked about very often. The Bible uses examples of what not to do as well as what to do. Therefore, there are some lessons to learn from the life of Jezebel.
Believers in Christ should always understand the context of scripture and Hebrews 10;25 is not about what many Christians have been taught.
This article examines the question, 'How can I grow in my faith?' It's a question all Christians ask themselves. After all, the scriptures tell us we are saved through faith, are to live by faith. But how do we grow in it?
We often invest so easily in things that are temporary, yet, we can feel the void. What if everyone would be willing to invest in something that is meant for all eternity? ...
Daniels life is a tapestry of great lessons. God used him as a light to those around him. Through him, they witnessed something of the glory of God, kings even converted by the experience.
Almost everyone has had regrets, but not many people know what the Bible says about regrets. Be informed and learn what regrets are and how to deal with them in the biblical way.
It is very easy to move from the natural realm to the spiritual realm to have a better relationship with God. Here are four things you can do to enter into the spiritual realm.
The Nephilim are found among the early chapters of the Bible in Genesis 6:1-4. However, they have long been a source of controversy. The majority of Christians have never even heard of them. This article will go over their past, and part 2 will cover their present and future.
This article will discuss the reason why Joseph's brother Judah's story interrupts the Joseph narrative following the sale of Joseph to slave traders. It will be shown how God preserves a lineage for the promised Messiah to come through despite opposition and disobedience.
Why shouldn't Christians fear ghosts or demons? In this article, I provide verses about these topics along with the true story of a witch, saint Comba.
Do you find it hard to trust God? The widow from Zarapeth found that when she trusted Elijah with something relatively small, she was able to trust him with something very big. This lesson translated to our lives today as we learn to trust Jesus.
No situation takes Him by surprise. No territory is unfamiliar to Him. No hostile attack can overpower Him. Can you think of anyone, instead of the Omnipotent God, whom you prefer to hold your hand?
There are many metaphors for the "word of God." Here are five of them to explain how powerful the word of God is.
Meeting the challenge of sincerely praying for people who have hurt you so badly you are tempted to hate. By Sylvia Sky.
Best-selling author Richard J. Foster covers 21 types of prayers in his book, "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home." It is an easy read and is an excellent resource for those who are interesting in learning the names of the prayers and how to pray them.
What is The Important Question? Find out here and; does Jesus stay where's he's not welcome, who can forgives sins, does Jesus want ministers who aren't truly following him, can you mix the new life and leading of the Holy Spirit with old rules and rituals, can you please God without faith?
The Bible gives commands about a lot of topics including the words we speak. So, what does the Bible say about our speech?
The Old Testament has some important lessons for life. Ecclesiastes is an important book to read and think about.
This a Christian article about controlling the tongue and using our speech to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Most people think having a thorn in the flesh is a bad thing, but it isn't bad at all. There are many benefits to have thorns. I'm keeping my thorn. Consider keeping yours.
Almost anything goes on in churches these days. However, there are some things that everyone should know about church etiquette.
There are biblical principles why you should get rid of stuff you are saving to remind you of your past. Read what those principles are.
A retelling of the story of Esther. A tale in which the name of God does not appear once, but in which the hand of God is seen everywhere.
Influencing others does not mean controlling them. It does not mean forcing them to do something they don't want to do. What, then, is the right way to influence others?
Here are six great Bible verses which will help us improve your judging skills. They are necessary especially for those whose opinion is often sought by relatives and friends who trust their judgment.
Unfortunately, some disciples of Christ have no accountability. There do what is right in their own eyes. The Bible commands accountability from everyone.
The responsibility for change belongs both to the helpless who can figure out their real needs and voice them; and to helpers, who with their God-given insight, can distinguish real needs from wants.
Paul, in the final verses of I Thessalonians, is giving some last-minute instructions to this persecuted church for how to continue in the path of holiness or sanctification that they are now on. In doing this he shows us several ways that we can continue on this path ourselves.
It can get discouraging when people respond to your good works with hatred, crude remarks, and sometimes a bitter silence. Does this make you wonder if love makes a difference in this world?
Can we respond with a bold “Yes” that we are wholly committed Christians, no matter the consequence? It would be foolish to say that we are, if we’re not. And if we’re not, are we willing to be?
Proverbs 3:5-6 give us specific instructions on how to find the right path for our lives. We learn both what to do and what not to do.
Adam and Eve Received marriage as a gift from God. Adam and Eve were created perfectly for one another. Marriage was not created into existence due to a culture, or for convenience. Marriage was instituted by God. Marriage has three aspects that will be discussed in this article.
God cannot be known as an austere God, from the inception has he been given men chances to prove themselves before arriving at conclusion on men's plight, after "two or three witnesses every word may be established" (Matt. 18:16) He says.
If we love God and His Church, it is not because Church law or God’s commandment obliges us so. Remember what Jesus said in Scriptures, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Years ago Oprah Winfrey came up with a column in her magazine about things she knows for sure. You don't have to be a television mogul to know some things for sure. READ what I know for sure and wish you knew them as well!
Many people pray long and hard for a blessing because that's what they have always done. However, the Bible teaches us to do something else instead.
You probably know that God gave hard assignments to His prophets and other faithful people in the Bible. Read about them so you will know what to do when God gives you a hard assignment.
This article is a reflection on a Bible passage found in 1 Samuel 26. The Principle of Delayed Gratification is explained briefly. The article relates how challenges can complement success in life and how choices reveal a person's character and perspective about success.
Prayer is an awe-inspiring conversation between a human being and his most profound parent. Here is an excellent way to talk to the Father and Head of It All.
Paul continues his practical instructions for a person who has been saved by grace through faith by instructing us on how we need to view and act toward the government that He has ordained. We must obey because it has been placed there for our good. And we must obey because God wants us to do so.
The Bible counsels us to pay back wrongdoers in several ways other than retaliation. Then they become attracted to the good which God empowers us to exhibit toward them. Often,that good conquers them.
The patterns of this world can often contraindicate your way of parenting. This can be challenging and frustrating for ourselves and our children.
Paul has spent 11 chapters telling us about the Gospel, the good news of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Now he gets practical in telling us that, in the light of God's mercy, we should be living sacrifices to Him and transform our minds to do His will.
One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?
You may be in a church where giving honor to the pastor is being talked about more than glorifying the Lord. There are ways you can know for sure.
The quotes are subdivided as Paul might have focused:(1) graduation celebration (2) counsel on entering the workforce (3) counsel for those called to church ministry (4) exhortation to pursue purpose.
There are three major things you can do privately that bring about public results. READ to find out what they are.
Many people are familiar with the scripture that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." While it might be confusing to some, there is a simple explanation of what Paul meant.
Study of Salvation based on The Forgotten Books of Eden. Why God devised a divine plan of salvation. Many do not know that God taught Adam about what would happen in a future redemption plan.
Here are quotes from the Bible relating to speaking negatively about others. This is shared primarily to remind the author rather than to be preachy.
It is not uncommon for disciples of Christ to use scriptures out of context. This article addresses a scripture that is used wrong more often then it is used correctly.
Here are some suggestions for showing honor to the older church members, while helping them to endure and enjoy the worship service. The seniors will appreciate any efforts put forth in their interest.
Scriptures to help you have a good day every day, even when it seems like nothing is going your way!
The Bible is such an interesting book because everything we need to know is embedded within its pages. Long before Google existed, the Bible provided answers to everything we need to know about history, science, geography, and math. This article demonstrates how much math is in the Holy Bible.
In Psalm 27, David begs his soul to wait patiently on the Lord, and to be brave about it. What does bravery have to do with waiting?
Ecclesiastes is a book from the Old Testament. King Solomon is named as the author according to Jewish tradition. Here are some notable Bible verses from the Ecclesiastes and the lessons that we can learn from it. These are reflections on the teachings of the Teacher as he shared his wisdom.
Many people find it strange that on the cross when Jesus was dying, He entrusted His mother to His disciple John instead of to His family. The answer is not as farfetched as one would think.
The betrayal of Judas, a trusted disciple, led to the capture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus. Many have wondered if Judas had a choice in the matter, or if predestination caused him to commit the betrayal that would forever change humanity.
The Bible records at least ten or more tests. They might be overlooked unless someone points them out. This article identifies and explains the ten tests even though they might not be called "tests." READ MORE!
Blessings which passed by us unnoticed will increase our appreciation for God’s goodness, when we recognize them in retrospect. Let us look back and count them and realize what a blessed year we had.
Based on the Scriptures there are baby Christians and grown Christians. The term baby Christian is usually used as an allowance for sin, but does the Bible mean that it is or was the term used to demonstrate the importance of guidance and mentoring in the lives of young Christians?
The Book of Esther is one of two books in the Bible that bears a woman's name. The other one is Ruth.
The words "bless," "blessed," and "blessing" have been overused to the point that they have become trivialized.
This article will help beginners in Bible study understand chapters 26-27 of The Book of Exodus from the Bible.
The Bible neither forbids not condones cremation. That is one of those subjects that the Bible is silent about.
When people say, "Seek ye first" they are reciting only a small portion of Matthew 6:33. The scripture has a very deep meaning when it is considered in its entirety along with the surrounding verses.
The Tribe of Dan, Simon Magnus, and St. Longinus' interaction with Jesus Christ are discussed in this article.
God's discipline demonstrates His love, His concern and His mercy. It's His way of telling us that He can reach us wherever we are to teach us what we need to learn. It's His offer of a second chance.
The Bible gives valuable information about Christian living. This article focuses on what the Bible says about patience.
Millions of people drink alcoholic beverages in the form of beer, wine, or liquor. What does the Bible say about drinking?
The cross, for me, was a symbol of my faith – an outward representation of who I am...but my husband thinks my cross represents mockery, blasphemy and disrespect. What does the Bible and society say about the cross?
It can be tough holding on to God when life gets overwhelming, but it’s possible. With God’s strength, not only will you hold on to God in difficult times, but you will endure and overcome through faith every hardship that comes your way. To inspire you, here are 8 Bible verses about strength.
The Bible addresses many topics. However, there are some things the Bible is silent about, and there are some topics the Bible says very little about. So, what does the Bible say about gambling, betting, and the lottery?
Do you think God approves of the Christian holiday Thanksgiving? If gluttony is a sin, why do Christians feast on this traditional/annual holiday widely known as Thanksgiving?
Albert Einstein said, "Nothing happens until something moves." Others have said the same things in different ways. The Bible is full of examples that explain the quote really means.
People boast about affiliations, crimes, good deeds, possibilities, self-indulgences, wisdom, power and wealth. These are the areas in which the following six Bible verses counsel us not to boast.
The Bible is full of examples of fathers and also gives instructions on how to raise their children. Here we will look at fathers that failed.
May these Bible verses inspire you to live your best life ever. May they bring you closer to God, help to keep you on the right track and transform you into who God has purposed you to be.
All four gospels record the resurrection of Jesus. There are many lessons to be learned from that most sacred act.
The Land of Promise Our inheritance has been promised to us from God and just as He promised Moses to deliver his people from Egypt and take them into a land that was flowing with milk and honey, the same is true for us today. Children of God this...
Genuine praise seeks expression. Singing, shouting or dancing can happen whenever and wherever we take time to count our blessings. Let's worry less, praise more and include the dance.
A testimony where an illness drained me of my spiritual energy and left me empty. In a wondrous way God came and filled me with new hope. What I did not know was, I needed to get sick in order for me to find this new way of living.
At the wedding in Cana of Galilee Jesus shows that he came to make things better than what it was before...
Many people think there is a “this too shall pass” Bible Verse, but this quote does not come from the Bible. List of commonly mistaken “Bible” quotes. God Helps Those Who Help Themselves "Bible Verse". Cleanliness is Next to Godliness "Bible Verse". Money is the Root of All Evil "Bible Verse".
Getting to heaven is not just being baptized and then living immoral lifestyle. You have to be good in mind to get to heaven as christian or otherwise.
It is amazing the number of people who do not have peace with God. They search for it most of their lives, but it escapes them. If that is you, perhaps you are looking in all the wrong places. There are some definite steps to take to have peace with God. READ MORE...
Church attendance is declining in America but there are a few strategies that may help stop the bleeing
There is a multitude of places to go, things to do, and people to see. However, there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Here is an assessment of what things should be put first on our priority schedules.
It is not a good choice if it is motivated by fear, pet peeves, hidden agendas or the intention to hurt someone. So what makes it a good choice? Does God make any offer to help us with our choices?
There are things that can improve and extend your life when you attend religious services regularly.
Almost everyone has a bucket list these days The list includes several things that people want to do before they die. Simeon's bucket list included only one thing. Find out what that one thing was.
We usually plan our thanksgiving for the end of the journey. Meanwhile, we neglect to say thanks for the little steps leading up to the outcome. Why not say thanks for every little piece of progress?
Alex reviews and analyzes in great depth the exciting one chapter book in the histories of the Native American peoples as has been described in some detail within the collection of works which is called 'The Book of Mormon'.
The Bible teaches us to love our enemies. So, what happens when we love our enemies and what happens when we don't love our enemies?
God doesn't deal with odds. However, that doesn't mean some people don't sometimes think the odds are against them.
What if we accept our children as our most precious gifts from God? Would we chase away the bad one saying that he is more than we can handle? Would we credit our genes for the success of the smart one?
There are five good reasons to stop telling ourselves and other victims of suffering that God will never give us more than we can bear. Our well-intentioned message could be faulty and damaging.