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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…
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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,…
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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…
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How to be Faithful to God?

  Faithfulness is an attribute of God (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 4:19), and our salvation is contingent on His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). Faithfulness is not only God’s attribute, but it is a characteristic required of a Christian. The word of God identifies faithfulness as one of the fruits that a Christian should bear (Galatians 5:22-23). The word of God also says that a Christian can’t go to heaven without it: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give…
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…
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The Way Not To Fall

Common sense tells us that remaining in the  status quo is not good. If a child doesn’t mature physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially, it can have long term consequences on his life. If a healthy body doesn’t improve through diet and exercise, it can become unhealthy very quickly. My point is that just being good, like a child or a healthy body, isn’t good enough if a person is not striving to get better. Improvement, development, or progress is necessary…
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…
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Why God Uses Humans?

As I was reading Exodus 14, I encountered a question. Why did God use Moses to do what He willed for the Israelites? Couldn’t He have sent the east wind and divided the Red Sea without Moses? Why was it necessary for there to be a human involved, Moses in this case, who would have to listen to God and do what He commanded? Ultimately, why does God, who is the Creator, use creatures to accomplish His will?  It is…
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Are You Always Joyful?

1 Thessalonians 5:16 commands us to “Rejoice always.” When I heard this verse, the first word that attracted my attention was “rejoice.” This verse is saying that we, as Christians, should be filled with joy. However, as I listened to this  commandment repeatedly, I realized that I have to pay due attention to the word “always.” “Always” makes me examine how I am living up to the commandment. Frankly speaking, I have experienced many times when I was not happy,…
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…
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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…