On this date (March 15) eighteen years ago, my father died of a massive heart attack.I will never forget that cold, snowy day. I can remember attempting to give my father CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive at our house.I can remember seeing the flat line and the 0 on the heart monitor.I can remember one of the paramedics telling my mother and me, “I am sorry, but there is nothing we can do for him.”
Even though the day was one of the most difficult days of mylife, I can
One of my favorite words is "outreach". When we Christians love non-Christians, we promote outreach.
So, what exactly is outreach? Jesus commands His disciples (us included), "[P]reach the gospel...and make disciples of all nations..." (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19, HCSB). This is outreach in a general sense. Proclaiming the good news that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15, HCSB) is an effective means of outreach. But,
Prayer is a vital part of the Christian faith. It is our means of communicating with our Heavenly Father. The Apostle Paul had much to say about prayer in his many letters. In his letter to the Colossians, he states, "Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart" (Colossians 4:2, NLT). What he is saying is that we should establish and maintain an active prayer life.
As we pray, we need an "alert mind" so that our enemy (Satan) does not
In Psalm 130:3 (NLT), the psalmist asks an interesting question: LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
Let's face it! We have all sinned and come short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). None of us would survive if God kept a complete record of our sins.
Then, the psalmist states in Psalm 130:4, "But, you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you."
This is why He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ
I love Paul's letter to the Ephesians. It contains some of the most valuable insights into the Christian faith. One such insight is found in Ephesians 2:14 which says, "He (Jesus) is our peace..." Let's break this phrase down a little bit to get a fuller understanding.
"He" - Refers to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. His purpose on Earth was to die for the sins of the world (our sins included). His resurrection from the dead gives us all hope of eternal life