The Mission of God: Acts of the Apostles

The mission of God is explicitly shown to us throughout the book of Acts. From His mission to glorify Himself amongst all people to using intermediaries to do His will, we are able to see how God enabled His message of Salvation to spread throughout all nations. There are three main themes that are addressed…

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REPENT?

It can be quite easy for one to misinterpret or understand the meaning of repentance. While some may say that it means to ‘feel bad about something,’ some will say that it means ‘to change your mind,’ while others will state that it means to ‘turn from sin.’ Further study should be done to look…

Divine and Human Action: Haggai

In the book of Haggai chapter one, we are able to see how God’s divine action is connected to human action. In chapter 1:1-12, Haggai received a word from the LORD, that rebuked the people for forsaking the rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Chapter 1:5-6, mentions all the things that the people put their hands…

Pain and Hope: Jeremiah

In Lamentations 1, Jeremiah grieves deeply because of God’s rejection of Jerusalem. In verse one, he reflects on the city which was once full of people and prosperous, in comparison to what he now saw, an empty city that “has now become a slave” (Lam. 1:1b). Jeremiah also grieves in multiple verses (1:2, 9, 16,…

God’s Sovereignty: Isaiah

  Throughout chapters 40-48 of Isaiah there are several examples found of God’s sovereignty. In 40:1-2 we see that the people are able to find comfort in God’s sovereignty. Although Judah would still endure years of trouble before the fall of Jerusalem and their exile, they were still able to find peace in knowing that…

5 Characteristic Elements of the Biblical Prophet: Jonah, Hosea & Amos

               The five characteristic elements of a biblical prophet include; the commission by God, the confrontation of Israel’s sin; the call to repent, the caution for Israel’s impending judgment, and to comfort them with the hope of a better future. Jonah is commissioned by God in chapter 1:1-3 to…

FINDING MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST: My High School Experience

When I was in high school I defined myself by the friendships that I had and what boys liked me. If guys didn’t like me I wondered why and even thought less of myself because of it. I wished I was like other girls and more outgoing like all the other kids my age. The…

IS HARRY POTTER (the series) EVIL?

We all know that in Christianity, witchcraft is not acceptable. Anyone who argues that probably needs to re-read their bible OR step back into a true bible believing church at the very least. Someone who claims to be a Christian certainly would not be dabbling in such things but where exactly do we draw the…

PRAYER IN THE BOOK OF HABBAKUKK

   Throughout the book of Habakkuk, we are able to see the prophet’s prayer and faith in God. Habakkuk asked the difficult questions, boldly and confidently bringing his complaints concerning a dying world directly to God and in turn, God directly to his prophet. Yahweh answers with an abundance of proof and forecast, assuring Habakkuk…

The Fruit of Our Faithfulness (to God) Does Not Belong to Us

I think a lot of Christians expect their faithfulness to the Lord to automatically bare fruit. We expect to see the fruits of our labor. Which is fair, but it doesn’t always happen. We cannot get so caught up in baring fruit that, that becomes our sole reason for being faithful to God. I would…