For many who identify with Christianity, or as Christian, the thought that being raised in the church is enough is their basis for doing so. To them, that is all it takes to be declared heaven bound, a child of God, and safe from the wrath of God. But, is that so?
I, once (naively) of the “Christians” who shared this belief, would come to learn that the answer to that question is a resounding, No. And today, we’ll talk about why. Continue reading
In Isaiah 53:5, we find these words: “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed” (ESV). The King James Version ends with, “By His stripes we are healed.” Continue reading
On Saturday, while putting away my old blood pressure monitor, after letting a relative use it, I thought back to the days when I had high blood pressure and was on high blood pressure medication. Continue reading
Very often, or more times than not, when a person is called out for sin or wrongdoing—even those who identify as Christian—the first words out of their mouths are “I’m not perfect.” While it is true that we are not perfect (the only perfect person to ever live is Jesus Christ), it is not an excuse, or crutch, for willful and habitual sinning. (Pause: If you are willfully and habitually sinning, but identify as Christian, I urge you to examine yourself, to see whether you’re really in the faith, as 2 Corinthians 13:5 admonishes.) Continue reading
I have a 14 year old son. When he was younger and we would go out together (even now, sometimes), people would often tell me he looks just like me. One man’s sentiment was, “That sure is your son.” However, if those same people were to see his dad, they, like many others who know who his dad is, would say that he looks just like him. Continue reading