The Bible mentions several times that we are not to add or take away from what is written. What is God referring to?
Some have a totally wrong concept of God and view Him as an impersonal ďSomethingĒ without form and shape. That is not the God of the Bible! God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are a Family, and the members of the God Family are described as personalities, who have feelings, emotions, joy and humor. This sermon gives you examples of the often-overlooked humorous aspects of Godís nature.
We are admonished to examine ourselves to make sure that we are in the faith and walk worthy of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. But are we the victims of self-deception, thinking we are doing fine, while we are not?
Are Christís injunctions in the Sermon on the Mount to be applied literally? Are these practical commandments, showing us how we are to live? Are we really to do good to our enemies and to help them, when they are in need? Should we really refuse to fight in war against them and to kill them? Are there any practical biblical examples which explain Christís Words more fully? Didnít Christ Himself resort to violence, and didnít He bring a sword?
The life we live is a crucible. And a crucible is a very hot place. This is where we separate the good from the bad. This is where the slag is skimmed away. This is where we expunge everything that is not Godly, so that we may become pure, just as God is pure.
What does being together in the Church of God have to do with our future? Does being together really matter? Isn't it just as expedient for us if we simply make sure we are "keeping the faith" on our own terms and with those people we like to be around?
The world is in darkness. It is held captive by Satan and his demons. It rejects Jesus Christ, as it loves the darkness more than the light. Christ wants to free us from darkness, so that we can become children of light. How, exactly, does this occur, and what does this mean for us?
Truth finds little more place in our day than it did when Jesus first appeared. When it comes to understanding who Jesus Christ is and His role over mankind, deceptive teachings blind this world from the truth. Still, truth is the unquenchable power of God, and we who have been called must keep the true knowledge revealed to us.
Following David and Solomon, most kings of Israel and Judah were evil in the sight of God. Not one king from the house of Israel lived up to Godís standards, and only very few kings from the house of Judah did. One shining example was righteous King Josiah, and it is worthwhile to study his life for encouragement and inspiration. Josiah abandoned pagan worship and restored the true worship of God. He was willing to obey God, but his life ended prematurely due to a wrong decision.
Jesus condemned His generation, especially the religious leaders, for their lack of understanding--for things they should have paid attention to instead of seeking miraculous signs! Will we be watching and ready for the appearance of the Kingdom of God--in this, our generation?
What is the single thing that you have more control over than anyone else? What do you need to do to wield that power with strength, integrity, virtue, righteousness, and responsibility? To become truly fulfilled, we must all master control over our own identity and behavior in ways that serve God first.
How does the life style of parents affect their children? When Adam and Eve sinned, God cut off the world from access to Him and His Way of Life, until Christ returns, but God determined to call some in this day and age to have a special relationship with Him. This includes the children of called-out parents. Whether they may realize it or not, parents have a tremendous influence on their children and grandchildren---in good and bad ways.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."-Matthew 5:14