In a world where opinions and beliefs often clash, it is essential to anchor our perspectives in the timeless wisdom of Scripture, especially when faced with sensitive and controversial topics. In exploring the hypothetical scenario of Jesus encountering a homosexuality display at a store like Target, let us delve into the Scriptures to gain insights into how Jesus would respond with love, compassion, and truth.Continue reading Jesus at Target: A Compassionate Response to the Homosexuality Display
Faith is the foundation of many people’s lives. It provides a sense of purpose, hope, and peace in the midst of life’s challenges. However, faith is not always easy to maintain, especially in times of adversity. Strengthening your faith requires effort and intentional actions. Here are some tips and advice for believers looking to strengthen their faith.Continue reading STRENGTHENING YOUR FAITH: TIPS AND ADVICE FOR BELIEVERS
Faith in God is a fundamental aspect of many people’s lives. It is a belief in a higher power that provides comfort, strength, and hope in times of uncertainty and adversity. Faith is not just a religious concept, but a universal one that is shared by people from all walks of life. It is the foundation of spirituality and a means of finding meaning and purpose in life.
Faith in God is rooted in the belief that there is a divine force that created and sustains the universe. This belief can be reinforced through personal experiences and encounters, religious teachings, and traditions. For many, faith is a way of connecting with something greater than themselves, and it provides a sense of purpose and direction in life.Continue reading HAVING FAITH IN GOD
The nature of God has been a subject of philosophical and theological inquiry for centuries. Throughout human history, people have attempted to understand the nature of the divine and the role it plays in the universe. While the concept of God varies among different cultures and religions, there are some common features that define the nature of God.Continue reading THE NATURE OF GOD
Moses learned an important lesson about violence and anger here. In the first case, he observed violence against a fellow Israelite and responded by killing the perpetrator. Clearly, other options were open to him: reporting the misdeed, using his position to bring the power of the state to bear against the perpetrator, advocating a change in state labor laws. In the second case, he intervened when some annoying shepherds pestered a group of young women, This time he did not kill but drove off the nuisances.Continue reading IS VIOLENCE OKAY WHEN FIGHTING VIOLENCE?
NEW TESTAMENT – The contrasting elements of wisdom and folly evident in the OT were clearly in the mind of Paul when he asked, “Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? (1 Cor 1:20b HCSB). However, in the NT, this polarity between wisdom and folly is not always stressed. In fact, it is possible that a certain kind of wisdom can actually be folly. In Matt 7:26;2-3; Rom 2:20 “folly” is used synonymously with “experiential wisdom.” Wisdom based only on human intellect and experiences without considering God is folly.Continue reading DEFINITION OF THE DAY (FOOL, FOOLISHNESS, AND FOLLY PT 2 OF 2)
Apart from these examples of literally raising hands, we also find biblical examples of this action in two related figures of speech. The mutinous revolt against established authority is described as raising one’s hand against a sitting ruler. Shortly after David survived the coup attempt of Absalom, Sheba initiated a revolt against David (2 Sam 20:1). Joab characterized this act of aggression by stating that Sheba had “lifted up his hand against the king” (2 Sam 20:21; 18:28; Ezra 6:12). The violence behind this figure of speech is also present in the figurativeContinue reading EVERYDAY LIFE IN BIBLE TIMES (HAND “TO RAISE OR STRETCH OUR” PT 2 OF 3)
Translations of several uncomplimentary words that appear approximately 360 times throughout the OT and NT to describe unwise and ungodly people. The words are especially predominant in the Wisdom Literature of the OT. Persons who do not possess wisdom are called “fools”; their behavior is described as “folly.” The picture, which emerges from the biblical material, is quite simple: folly is the opposite of wisdom, and a fool is the opposite of a wise person.Continue reading DEFINITION OF THE DAY (FOOL,FOOLISHNESS, AND FOLLY PT 1 OF 2)
Essential part of Jewish life in Bible times. According to Eccles. 3:4, there is “a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (NASB). Dances were performed on both sacred and secular occasions, though the Hebrew mind would not likely have thought in these terms.Continue reading DEFINITOIN OF THE DAY (DANCING)