Billy Graham was once asked, “What is the definition of sin?” He gave the following answer:
“A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.”
The Hebrew and Greek words translated “sin” largely around two major concepts. The first is that of transgression. To transgress means “to step across” or “to go beyond a set boundary or limit.”
The second concept means, “to miss the mark.” If a player aims for a goal and misses, ho… READ MORE
Prisoners are captives. Labeled guilty for some transgression, they are incarcerated. Held against their will with personal freedoms revoked, they are at the mercy of their jailer. Although considered blameworthy, many prisoners are innocent of the evil they have been accused. Many of God’s prophets, disciples, and servants spent time in prison. Our Heavenly Father has a special place in His heart for those who are bound with chains.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them-those who are mistreated-since you yourse… READ MORE
It is important to live life with a thankful heart and an awareness of its brevity. Every special moment should be tucked away for memory sake. In our golden years, we will want to recall our special celebrations, tender exchanges, and humorous adventures. Hopefully, we will look back to our younger days with a grateful heart and not one full of disappointment or regret.
There are good reasons to look back but there are bad reasons as well. The motive behind our response is key. If we look back to earlier days in an attempt to learn from past … READ MORE
God grafted us into Christ. We are supported and nourished by Jesus. He is the root of the vine to which we have been grafted. He sustains us every day and through every trial.
“And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” Romans 11:17-18 (NKJV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. I… READ MORE
Moses was said to be the meekest man on earth.
“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3 (NKJV)
This character trait is found within people who demonstrate humility, patience, strength, and gentleness. Moses certainly needed these qualities to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity. The Lord ordained Moses for this purpose but his pride was a hindrance that needed surgery. Patient strength was a requisite if Moses was going to lead the Israelites. Even with miracu… READ MORE
Do you have a tendency to criticize others? Have you ever frowned on a different approach some co-worker selected to meet a challenge, even though they were successful? Or, are you guilty of rolling your eyes at a stranger’s disheveled appearance? Criticism is the act of judging unfavorably or faultfinding. There is always more to a story and we are often clueless to all the whys behind a situation.
A true friend will speak the truth, even when it is hard to hear. But a friend’s truth is offered in love. It comes from a humble and caring … READ MORE
To free ourselves from the snares of the enemy we must become Christ’s captives.
In ancient Rome, when a military leader came back victorious, a triumphal procession was given in his honor. A spectacle of chained captives that included kings, princes, and tribal leaders would follow behind the general’s chariot. The apostle Paul used this public spectacle to describe the followers of Christ. Through this analogy, we understand how Christians have been conquered by the Spirit of Jesus and are thus prisoners of the risen Lord. A… READ MORE
Everyone knows that there is a God, although atheists would argue this point. The truth is that God placed a “knowing” inside each one of us.
“Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)
The complexity of our planet and universe points to a deliberate designer. For example: The E… READ MORE
The Promise Of Spring-
I have a friend who once lived in Arizona. She hated the climate and never understood the “desert rats” that adore the 118-degree weather. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Michigan and missed the beauty of tall oak and maple trees. Each distinct season was appreciated. She told me Arizona only had two seasons: Summer and a lukewarm winter.
The xeriscaped yards absent of all grass but filled with prickly pear cactus were not her idea of paradise. She yearned for a new setting. While living as a desert dwe… READ MORE
Easter and the Unbeliever
What do we know about Jesus? What does Scripture say? Historical writings by Tacitus and Josephus validate His existence. Historians called the followers of Jesus Christians. They believed, as we do, Jesus was the Son of God in flesh.
As believers, we recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God. It is a historic record of the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history with God, the life … READ MORE