Tag: Christianity

Witness Well

The Christian and the Mormon view on the parable of the sheep and the goats

In an ongoing dialogue I have with those of the Mormon faith and how it is dramatically different that what is taught in the Christian faith, there is a sharp disagreement on what is required for salvation. Mormons will reference to the story of the sheep and the goats found in Matthew 25:31-46 as proof …

Why does Christianity claim the Bible as the only true holy book?

We currently live in a culture where all truth is relative.  Absolute truth is dismissed as being intolerant or antiquated.  The result is a growing interest not only in other religions, but also invites boldness among those who either deny the existence of God or an impersonal higher being. Polls have suggested that a large …

Religious but not committed

A MacArthur Foundation survey found that large majorities of Americans say they’re religious and think spirituality is important, but that doesn’t translate into commitment to a single religion or house of worship. A USA Today article reported that more than seven out of 10 Americans surveyed said they are religious and consider spirituality to be …

Why does God need our prayers?

The real reason for praying has little to do with asking for things. We pray simply because God wants us to pray. Prayer is talking to God. Does He really need our prayers? No, God doesn’t need our prayers to bless us. The bigger question is, “Why does God want me to pray in the first …

Why didn’t God answer my prayer and save my wife from cancer?

 The heartbreaks of life cause us to ask the deepest of questions. A young man is sitting across from me with pain etched deeply in his face.  Only a few weeks ago he stood by an open grave with three young children watching the casket being lowered in to the ground.  The stillness.  The pain.  …

Why does God allow bad people to do bad things?

Bombs blowing up in Baghdad and hundreds are killed. Political strife creates bedlam and innocent people are hurt.  Stalkers preying upon the innocent. The stories are numerous of bad people doing bad things causing us to wonder, “Where is God in all of this?” The Bible states that God knows all things.  He knows the …

A peace surrounding death of a loved one

A friend from church recently died after a short bout with bone cancer. In her last weeks, she put together her own thoughts and her own funeral service of what it means to be in Christ to that point of death. Her thoughts focused on her 100% assurance that she will be with Christ forever …

My problem with distraction

So, what is wrong with me? Why do I have such a difficult time praying longer than two minutes before my mind goes off on one of many distractions that have nothing to do with prayer, devotion, the Bible verse in front of me, or even God Himself? We are called to be Christ-like – …