Whether it’s where we should be in our career or our marital status, or how much money we should be making, or how many close friends we should have, most of the world around us and the inner dialogue of our flesh is screaming “You’re not enough!” Or, another way I’ve heard this message is, “You’re doing it wrong!”There is a cosmic gap between who we are to...Keep Reading
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The first thing to realize is that charging interest increases the money supply. We know the Greek’s understood this because their word for interest, tokos, means birth or offspring. They equated charging interest with multiplication like breeding animals or planting for harvest. For example, if I borrow $100 to buy something, and I have to pay back $110, that means the price for me is really $110. Over time little by little these transactions can increase the money supply....
Even before the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, God gave them the system of laws He wanted their new nation to live by. If you read through the Mosaic Law in Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy you notice that most of the laws are about how to worship Yahweh properly, how to treat each other on a personal level, and how to make restitution to victims of crime. There isn’t much law governing their economy, but the idea in the Leviticus passage below shows up several times....
Any human idea or system is not going to be perfect. There will always be opportunities for misuse. Some argue that it is inherent to capitalism for powerful people to exploit others. Others believe exploitation can only be accomplished by moving away from capitalism toward a more centrally controlled economy. I don’t have the ability to identify which is which. What I want to do in this article is to think through what should happen to the common person when a free market economy is left to itself. Does any of this relate to the Bible and Christianity? Yes! When you read through the Bible, it looks like the backdrop is a world where there is a free market, private property, and people making choices to materially better their lives. ...
How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over and over?...
Whether it’s where we should be in our career or our marital status, or how much money we should be making, or how many close friends we should have, most of the world around us and the inner dialogue of our flesh is screaming “You’re not enough!” Or, another way I’ve heard this message is, “You’re doing it wrong!”There is a cosmic gap between who we are today and who we were created to be. There is a chasm between where we are today and where we should be. And this is actually good news. It is because of Christ, and his work in his life, death, resurrection, we are more than enough....
The wars in Joshua and Judges are difficult to understand? How do we respond to those questions today?...Keep Reading
Is the Bible truth? What about (fill in the blank)? Why would God allow that? It's hypocritical! But, we have science! The bible is old! Don't we know better? It is important that the Bible be the basis for our beliefs for several reasons. If we fail to accept the authority of Scripture then we find another source as the authority for our lives. And, those sources ultimate...Keep Reading
When Jesus conquers death in the resurrection He is introducing a completely new relationship to all of humanity. ...Keep Reading
What does Paul mean by stating “In the last days difficult times will come?” These difficult times have been here for quite a while even though it’s hard to pinpoint the start date. Regardless, we all eat, breathe, work jobs, and raise families in the last days. As we live in the last days, during difficult times we can have hope in our powerful God....Keep Reading
What do we do when we believe in Jesus, but we still see so many layers of guilt and shame in our lives?...Keep Reading
Do you feel restless? You’re running a fast pace in most areas of your life and then when you get out of that environment or something changes, you’re now freed up from certain commitments and you’re not sure what to do. The Lord graciously showed me how restless my soul is. I was physically restless because I was spiritually restless. ...Keep Reading
Don’t you wonder what those new glorified bodies will look like? Just imagine our bodies completely free from sin. Imagine our brains having thoughts that are free from worry, anxiety, fear, shame and condemnation. Imagine our relationships without insecurity, doubt, jealousy, and gossip. Imagine our bodies without aches or pains. ...Keep Reading
Have you ever wondered what you should be including in your prayers? Maybe you tend to pray just moment by moment or maybe you make intentional effort to spend some "time" in prayer daily. No matter where you are at on the spectrum, let's take a look at what we're to be praying for and use the Lord's Prayer as a guide....Keep Reading
What does the Apostle Paul mean by the religious ceremony, "baptized for the dead?" Is that something we should be doing today?...Keep Reading