Don’t Worship the Culture

Do Europeans drive on the wrong side of the road? It’s a trick question, really, because the answer is no: they do not drive on the wrong side. They drive on the opposite side of the road than we do, but not the wrong side. At least, it isn’t wrong for them. What makes the difference? Our culture is a powerful influencer …

Should I Honor or Obey?

Imagine you are stuck in a dilemma: God has commanded you to do something, but your parents have commanded you to do the opposite. What should you do? Maybe they forbid you to attend church, or demand that you disregard the Lord in your life. Perhaps God has given you a personal calling for His glory, but your parents will …

It’s Not Really About the Mind

Everywhere you turn people are talking about the battle over the mind. Truthfully, it isn’t the mind where the battle begins for the Christian. That is a semi-Buddhist philosophy, and it is true for someone who is not a Christian. For believers, however, it is not the mind where the battle takes place. Don’t misunderstand: the mind is very important. Nevertheless, …

Happier Unmarried

Sitting with a preacher last week, he asked, “Why is it strange when a person has no interest in marriage? The apostle Paul said that remaining unmarried can be the better choice—even the happier one—so why is it the weird choice?” This preacher has a habit of asking such questions: they make me think he’s crazy at first, but he always ends up making a valid point. …

Marriage: It’s Not What You May Think

What if marriage is not all about love, companionship, and sex, but was designed as something more glorious? Marriage is often portrayed as less than it truly is. Like the three blind men striving to describe an elephant by touch—one describing it by the legs, another by its trunk, and the third by its tail—we also often describe marriage by its …

Dealing with Guilt From Sexual Sins

There is a barrier that often stands between the child of God and the Heavenly Father, disturbing a perfect relationship. It is a hindrance to many people who have gone deep into sexual sin. Sadly many are plagued by it, yet do not know how to deal with it. It is called guilt. First of all, let us understand that …

What a Cheeseburger Taught Me About Sin

My favorite fast food restaurant serves a triple cheeseburger. I love that. Anything that tastes good can’t be too bad, right? Well the real reason I love the triple cheeseburger is because it makes me feel better when I order only the double cheeseburger. I make myself feel better by comparing my choice to that of people ordering the triple—or …

Christian Bullies & Sexual Impurity

There Is No Excuse for Being a Bully In Luke 4, Jesus preached in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. What He said was amazing, but what He didn’t say was even more astonishing. He stood before a whole group of well-educated Jewish theologians and quoted from Isaiah 61. Jesus said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because …