HELL IS THE ABSENCE OF GOD

I believe that it is correct to say that hell is the absence of God (in a sense).“God is holy, and anything that is not holy must be ushered away from his presence. He cannot allow impurity near him…”[1] Though we are sinful, Christ died for our sins and those of us who have accepted…

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…

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…

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…

FAITHFULNESS VS. FRUITFULNESS (The Prophet Ezekiel)

In Ezekiel chapter 2, God called Ezekiel to speak to Israel. (2:3). He was called to deliver God’s message even if they didn’t want to hear it. God encouraged the prophet to not be afraid of what the people may say but to speak his words (2:6-7). Chapter 3 is an assurance that God would…