Posts by Kyle Rye

Posts by Kyle Rye

heat shield

Jesus Is Our Heat Shield

  Most professions and organizations have their own jargon, which is a fancy word for unique and specialized terms accepted and understood within a particular field or group. For example, you may hear a lawyer say, “Objection,” while a judge responds, “Overruled.” That is legal jargon. Maybe you’ve heard a medical professional say, “Let’s check your vitals.” He or she is using medical jargon. In and of itself, jargon is not bad, but it can be confusing for those unfamiliar…
Earth day

The Christian and the Environment

Since 1970, April 22 has been observed as Earth Day, a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Such a day causes me to consider whether or not we as Christians possess a biblical responsibility to protect the environment. And I believe the following four biblical considerations are worth mentioning on this matter. First, Christians should care about the environment because God created it. In the very first verse of the Bible, we read, “In the beginning, God created the…
dear church

What If Jesus Wrote a Letter to Us?

  In Revelation’s second and third chapters, Jesus authored letters to seven different churches in first-century Asia Minor. In each letter, Jesus declares, “I know your works” (2:2; 2:9; 2:13; 2:19; 3:1; 3:8; 3:15). This repeated statement indicates that Jesus is not oblivious to what is going on in each congregation of His church. He is intimately aware of and deeply concerned about what is happening in His church. It is this awareness that led Jesus to praise the work,…
Godsoloved

God So Loved the World

In one of, if not the most popular passages of Scripture, we are told, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” What specifically do we learn about God’s love from John 3:16?  First, we learn who God loves.  John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world.” It is worth noting that John 3:16 does not say that God so loved Christians, the church, or…
Training vs Trying

Training vs Trying

  On Friday, February 4, 2022, the Winter Olympics will begin in Beijing, China. Ninety nations will send more than 2800 athletes to compete for medals in events such as figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, curling, and ice hockey. As you may already know, the modern Olympic Games are based on the ancient Olympic games, which were conducted every four years from 776 BC to AD 393 in Olympia, Greece.  But did you know that the Olympic Games were…
Doers of the word

Doers of the Word

In today’s society, the term “Christian” often gets used as an adjective. You will hear people refer to a particular genre of music as Christian music. You can drive across town and shop at the Christian store for Christian books. You can enroll at a Christian school, attend a Christian conference, or even worship at a Christian church. I’m not trying to infer that all of these things are “Christian” in the sense that they are doctrinally correct. I’m simply…
Christian Home

A Christian Home

  I once heard the story about a little boy who was inconsolably crying in the car after leaving worship services one Sunday. His father asked him three times what was wrong, and, finally, the boy replied, “The preacher said he wanted me to be brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys!” Ideally, all homes would be Christian homes because Christian homes have surrendered to the will and the reign of God. In…
faith-over-fear

Faith Over Fear

  In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched a spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a simple satellite. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. And Sputnik 1’s mission was short. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out. It orbited the Earth for only three months…

No More Excuses

    When Moses’ name is mentioned, most of us likely think of a heroic, faithful leader. But that is not the Moses to which we are initially introduced. In Exodus 3:10, we learn that God met Moses at the burning bush and informed him that He would use him to free the children of Israel. You would think a man who is identified as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:23-28), a friend of God (Exodus 33:11), and granted the…

Don’t Get Comfortable

  A comfort zone “is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person,” resulting in “experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress” because “they are at ease and in control of their environment.”1 And while that sounds like the optimal place to be, comfort zones can actually become danger zones because they can foster a conditional approach to discipleship. Conditional discipleship is the practice of placing conditions on your spiritual commitments. So, when I say that our…

Idol Talk

    One of the most prevalent teachings in the New Testament is the teaching against idolatry. Idolatry is condemned as a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:20), an activity that elicits the wrath of God (Colossians 3:5-6), an activity that will prevent one from inheriting the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9), and an activity that results in one being sent to “the lake that burns with fire and sulfur” (Revelation 21:8). As a result, we are expected to…

HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…