Many of you use my GOOD GOD and GOOD NEWS booklets to communicate the simple message of God’s goodness and the basic message of the cross in your personal ministries, I have a new idea for a few video courses that will simplify a essential topics that you can use personally and in your ministry toward others. More on that below… I want to change the way people see God. I want people to trust
Does God discipline? If so, what’s his mood as he’s doing so? Is he angry? Does he discipline as an angry father? I have good news for you! P.S. You can browse through my last few blog posts for links to more teachings in this series, I pray these messages on God’s goodness assure your heart of His love for you.
James 1:13 instructs us to never say God tests or tempts us but Paul says God tests our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Does the Bible contradict itself? Maybe there’s something we’re missing about these concepts. In my last article (Does God Allow Tests and Trials For Hidden Purposes?) I addressed the concept of temptation and trials. Those two are always connected in terms of external difficulties. What James and Paul call temptations are often attributed to
What is a test, a trial and a temptation? We must let the revealed Word of God define such terms and put them in proper context of how we should understand the presence of those terms and experiences in our lives. We see in James 1, 1 Peter and 1 Corinthians 10 that trials/tests are the result of falling into temptations. James says to count it all joy when we fall into temptation and that
The broad view of God’s will for mankind is Heaven on Earth. He created it that way in the Garden of Eden and he’ll put it back that way after the Resurrection. The time in between is the result of mankind allowing sin into the world with death as the result. What’s at stake is the character of God when we talk about suffering, persecution and tribulation (I have another article on trials and temptation
God is all powerful and has the power to do anything he wants at any time but has chosen to give mankind dominion over this planet and limit himself to our choices. YOUR CHOICES MATTER, THEY ARE SHAPING YOUR FUTURE AND YOUR CAPACITY TO FOLLOW GOD. We learn a valuable lesson from the Israelites from their time in the wilderness. They experienced the wrath of God as a curse because of their unthankfulness and hardness
What if you knew what God was thinking? I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 I pray this article becomes a meditative exercise for you, so you’ll grasp the depth of what Jesus is saying. First, you’re not a servant of God, you’re a friend. Of