My wife often reminds those she teaches that a strong marriage is the best example we have of the kind of relationship God wants us to have with him. His word likens the union of husband and wife to the union of “Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32).
A significant key to refusing temptation and strengthening our personal character is deciding before temptation strikes that God is always right and Satan is always wrong. It is choosing to believe that our Father knows better than we do and that he only wants what is best for us.
Ethicist Russell Moore was right when he said, “The problem now is not that people think the church’s way of life is too demanding, too morally rigorous, but that they have come to think the church doesn’t believe its own moral teachings.” He adds: “We are losing a generation—not because they are secularists, but because they believe we are.”
One of the clear messages I sensed from God in recent days is that his people must prepare more urgently than ever for the challenges that are coming. We are in the early stages of a movement the church has never faced before, one which threatens us in ways that are now becoming clearer.
While segments of President Biden's speech before the joint Congress sought to depict a unifying path forward, he could not seem to consistently avoid relying on unnecessarily extreme rhetoric. Senator Ted Cruz responded to the President's speech in a similar matter, saying little intended to bring Americans together. And while that hardly makes either man unique in recent times, it does reinforce that we should look elsewhere for our examples of how to engage with others. Fortunately, the Bible gives us a much better option.
When looking at nationwide trends for a country with a population of more than 331 million, it’s easy to feel like a very small fish in a very large ocean, and that feeling can make it tempting to believe your life can’t make much of a difference. Today, though, I’d like for us to take a few moments to discuss two reasons why it’s important to act as though you can.
Given that modern-day Turkey desires to recreate the Ottoman Empire and reclaim its position of international significance, President Biden’s decision to reclassify the mass killings of Armenian Christians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide is both significant and commendable.
The inclusion of characters in children’s programs who overtly embrace a lifestyle that runs counter to God’s truth as revealed in the Bible should not be taken lightly. The first such instances are often a test to see how far companies can push the limits before it begins to hurt their bottom line.