Why is human nature so corrupt? Why is it so widespread? How did it come to be? Did God create it this way?
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the architecture of banks and cathedrals, edifices designed to inspire trust and security because of their massive appearances, maintains that their very construction was intended to leave a deep psychological impact within us, appealing to our personal safety needs. In the world in which we …
Even though the evidence from creation is overwhelming, people deliberately want to disregard it because accepting it would require submitting to His will.
Despite the many blessings God bestows upon His saints, real Christianity more resembles a running battle against persistent, hostile forces than a leisurely stroll down the path of life. John Ritenbaugh uses the example of ancient Israel in the wilderness to illustrate that God prepares us for spiritual war against the enemies …
Blessedness and mourning seem contradictory, but obviously Jesus saw spiritual benefits to sorrow. True, godly mourning gets high marks from God.
Our carnal nature's desire to satisfy an addictive self-centeredness can eventually overrule the Christian's loyalty to God and His commandments.
The most dangerous battle at hand is against our own flesh, where we least expect treachery and where we have become the most complacent.
Help in following God comes from displacing the love for the world with the love for God, and setting our hearts on spiritual treasures instead of earthly ones.
Like the fable of the scorpion who stings the frog carrying him, our carnal nature is set, causing us to act in destructive ways. Repentance begins with changed thinking.
Solomon says, 'What is crooked cannot be made straight,' a truism that most people know to be the case. Harsh words cannot be unsaid. Wicked deeds cannot be undone.
Martin Collins, reflecting on the fate of the double-minded man in James 1:5, admonishes us to strengthen our foundation of faith in our run-up to Passover. We cannot take the Passover while doubting God's faithfulness in delivering us and giving us eternal life. The love of God is perfected in those who exercise faith by …
Martin Collins insists that members of God's church must be concerned not only with the letter of the law, but the spiritual intent as well. As we reflect back on the inadequacies or failings in our lives, we must go further than the surface symptoms, realizing that the ultimate causes generally have spiritual roots, stemming …
If you knew you would live forever, how would you live? Biblically, eternal life is much more than living forever: It is living as God lives!
After we accept Christ's sacrifice, we desperately need to come out of sin, walking in light rather than darkness, having continuous fellowship with God.
Real repentance and conviction of righteousness should dramatically augment prayer, study, meditation, but most importantly, how we live our lives.
Our outward works show what we believe, what we worship, and what we aspire to become. Apart from God, all human works activities are potentially destructive.
The most formidable foe in our spiritual battle is the flesh. We must mortify, slay, and crucify the flesh, enduring suffering as Jesus Christ exemplified.