All of Me

Unlike my favorite book and my favorite movies, my favorite song does not stay consistent. But one thing which is consistent about it, is that it usually changes every three months. Two reasons for this, is because one, I usually listen and listen and listen to it, until I burn myself out. And two, because my life changes; therefore, different lyrics tend to speak louder at different times, depending on my mood and what I’m going through.

At the moment, my favorite song is Ashes Remain’s “All of Me.” A song that spoke loudly to me when I heard it on the radio. A song that has become an anthem for my life. And a song that I’d like to share with you:

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Crayons, Gospels, and Rainbows

Why do we have four Gospels? Why do we have four Gospels that are preserved in the Bible?

I asked this question to the youth group a couple of weeks ago, as we began our study of the Gospel of John. To be honest, one Gospel has enough information in it to let us know what type of man Jesus was, and has everything in to know how to be saved. Therefore, why do we have four?

To provide one explanation for this, I had the teens participate in an activity, which I borrowed from Dr. Bruce McLarty’s commentary, Journey of Faith: Walking with Jesus Through the Gospel of JohnContinue reading

Does Hell Exist?

Does Hell exist?

Yes, I believe it does, because that is what the Bible teaches. Though I don’t believe it’ll be what a lot of people imagaine when they think of Hell, such as no red devils with horns or pitchforks. Yet strangely, the Scriptures are very vague when it comes to describing what this place is like, leaving room for much speculation. (It’s actually Jesus who gives us the most insight about this topic, just as he does about Heaven). But perhaps this is for our own good, so that we won’t spend too much time studying this dark topic, or elevating ourselves as judges who can determine who belongs in this place and who doesn’t. The Lord merely providing us a warning of its existence, and letting us know just what we need to know of the topic, nothing more.

Hell is described as a place of fire and a second death for those who do not repent of their sins (Revelation 21:8), a place of eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46), a place of destruction and absence of God’s presence for those after the Day of Judgement, those who do not know God and who did not obey His Word (2 Thessalonians 1:5-12), a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50), a place where the worm never dies and the fire never ceases (Mark 9:42-49), a place that his been prepared for Satan and his followers (Matthew 25:41), and a place where Satan will not rule, but be punished like all who will dwell in this place– for he too will be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur and be tormented both day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).

I believe Hell is a place that exists, but I want to ask you–do you believe that Hell is real? If you said, “Yes,” then why? Do you believe that Hell is a place because you have read and studied the Bible for yourself? Or just because someone else told you that there is such a place? Continue reading

A Defense for the Cross

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). 

The cross.

The cross was a cruel method of torture and execution utilized by the Romans. It was designed to cause a victim excruciating pain for hours, even days, before he eventually died from asphyxiation. Yet, though this once was a sign of death and humiliation in the ancient world, it is not thought of as such in our modern time, being instead more associated with Jesus and the Church. However, there are some Christians who argue why the cross should not be displayed within their homes or even within our church buildings. Though I understand their viewpoints, I would like to respectfully disagree with them, by addressing them, and arguing why we as the Church should embrace the cross. Continue reading

Secret Norse Wisdom for the Modern Era

This morning, I was sweating on the treadmill in my basement before work–still laboring to keep one of my New Year’s resolutions in the second week of 2018. Besides the sound of the belt rotating, there was the invisible narrator speaking to me from out my phone, reciting to me the myth of the Völsungs. The narrator helping me to stay focused upon my task.

I had about only five minutes left of my routine, when I recall hearing such amazing words from the Norse myth, which penetrated straight through my chest to my heart: “Fear not death, for the hour of your doom is set and none may escape it.” The Norse were a pretty pessimistic people, as can be seen by their myths and legends, such as how only two persons (a man and a woman) will survive the day of Ragnarök (the end of the world). A cataclysm that even most of their gods will meet their doom in, such as Thor and Odin. Nevertheless, they still have a saying that understands a moral which is greatly needed in the United States, that death is not something that should be feared. Continue reading

Don’t be a Pharoah

Many have grown up with the story of “Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt.” The tale of how God had used Moses to free His people from slavery in the land of Egypt, by displaying His power through ten plagues, before parting the Red Sea and leading His people to Mount Sinai. However, today I would like to focus on one particular character within this account–Pharoah.

Pharoah was the king of Egpyt, the embodiment of the god Horus, the supreme ruler of the land. A man who had the power for announcing your execution for blinking wrong. And a man who had become so twisted inside, that he saw what was evil as good. This was the man who God had sent Moses too, to ask for the release of His people. But when Pharoah refused, and did not head the sign of Aaron’s staff that he was opposing the God of gods, then did the Lord send His wrath upon Egypt.

The ten plagues are many things. They are signs of God’s strength and power–for each shows that all things are at His command. They also show that He is God. That Ra is not the god of the sun–Yahweh is. That Hapi is not the god of the Nile–Yahweh is. That Pharoah is not the god of Egypt–Yahweh is. Each plague proved God’s strength, as He demonstrated that He is more powerful than any other ‘god’ that man creates.

Yet, the plagues are also a sign of God’s grace. If He wanted to, He could have smitten Pharoah and erased Egypt from the map. Yet, after each plague, Pharoah is given a chance to repent. Continue reading

What’s Most Important?

I’ve heard this song on the radio during the last few weeks. And though it has a catchy beat, and I get what it’s trying to say, I wish it wasn’t being played–that there was more “Joy to the World,” or “Away in the Manger,” instead of “Christmas with a Capital ‘C'”.

The reason I say this, is because I believe there is too much time and energy spent on arguing and debate, rather than on sharing the Gospel. And heated debates being made, without one knowing all the facts. I say this, for though I am a Christian, and I believe we should talk about Jesus daily, I have no problem with saying, “Merry Xmas”, or “Happy holidays.” Why? Continue reading