Human nature skews our view of reality; there is always more than meets the eye. We would do well to adopt the approach of 'Good or bad, it is hard to say.'
In many ways, we have lost our perspective since those moments of clarity in the weeks following September 11, 2001.
Though God does not spew propaganda or use spin, He does have His own—and totally accurate—angle or perspective. To Christians, it should be growing more familiar.
Most people's window of experience and knowledge—their perspective on life—does not stretch beyond their own memories.
By recounting a personal experience, John Reid reveals a valuable lesson about keeping our eyes focused on our goal, the Kingdom. Overconcern with the around-and-about tends to distracts us, and before we know it we are off course. Our preparation for God's Kingdom depends on our focus!
At every turn, Jesus Christ was doubted, challenged, and scorned by people blinded and enslaved by their expectations of what God should be like.
John Ritenbaugh, explaining that an individual's worldview is shaped by his past experiences, family values, and the culture into which he were born, warns us that a person's worldview influences every decision he makes. If we do not give God the prominent position in our worldview, we will make self-destructive choices, as did …
As we age, the pressures of life, work, and experience all contribute to wearing us down. Only a few seem to have learned to remain happy despite hardship.
A snapshot of our present circumstances does not show how they fit into the overall record of God's work in our lives, let alone what the future holds.
John Ritenbaugh, citing Abraham Lincoln's statement that the true test of man's character is his responsibility to govern or administrate, asserts that a man's way of governing is determined through his world view. Man should aspire to live as God lives, as demonstrated through Jesus Christ's example rather than human nature's …
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a recent swim meet he attended, suggests that the different strokes exhibited (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, or backstroke) metaphorically could depict different attitudes or approaches to life (aggressive, timid, wistful, fearful, self-controlled or uncertain). Because the human heart is …
John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Matthew 10:16-26, warns us that a teacher's disciples cannot escape the kind of persecution directed against their teacher. In the wake of this kind of abuse, people can succumb to depression, and in some cases, suicidal depression. When we compare ourselves with spiritual heavyweights like the …
We must realize that God is sovereign over time all the time, even as it is running out for all of us. God works to make the most of every situation in our lives.
Our advanced communications, which have allowed globalism, are also bringing about tribalism. Rather than uniting everyone, they are dividing.
Humans are very adept at causing offense. But as Christians, we must learn the art of tact and diplomacy that works toward unity among the brethren.
John Ritenbaugh, continuing the perennial "Handwriting on the Wall" theme from prior Feasts, suggests that as we mature, our ability to judge should exponentially increase even though perceiving reality is difficult. As we search for the truth, we cannot be "all over the place" but must abide in the truths of …
Without thanksgiving and praise, our prayers degenerate into the 'gimmes' with the emphasis on the self. We must give God thoughtful thanks in every circumstance.
We must learn to see ourselves and our function as God sees us—as a distinct, unique entity, a holy people, a special treasure.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the book Final Exit by Derek Humphry, a work exploring the prevalence of suicide and its impact on the survivors, warns us that this is the time to get our ducks in a row, making the most of what we have experienced, establishing our spiritual priorities, and reflecting deeply on why we gave …
The Destroyer has mastered the craft of redefinition, blurring boundaries, eliminating the defining lines between evil and good, profane and holy.
The immediate danger lies not as much in the specific teachings of the flood from the serpent but in their sheer volume. The peril lies in being swept away.
Our only antidote to the barrage of lies is to stay close to God's Word, trusting in His providence and His promises to protect us as we obey Him.
Unless we acknowledge God's sovereign authority in our lives, following through with the things we learn from scripture, we, like atheists, will not see God.
Caleb and Joshua withstood the fearmongering tactics of the ten faithless spies by calling to mind the providence God had shown toward Israel.
God gives several conditions for receiving protection and healing, including God's sovereignty, God's purpose, and one's level of growth.
John Ritenbaugh insists that true riches consist of what we are (or what we become) rather than what we have. True riches consist of those things that can be carried through the grave and into the Kingdom of God. The circumstances of our lives (totally determined by God)- health, sickness, wealth, poverty, etc. we could consider …
Habakkuk learns to look, watch, wait, then respond, realizing that God is sovereign and will rectify all the injustices in His own time.