Author: Jason Helopoulos

Contentment in a Discontented World

Discontentment may be the greatest trap in our culture. It may be greater than lust, greed, and even lying because discontentment leads to all these other sins. It tends to be a well-spring of iniquity. I have yet to meet an individual who engaged in an affair without first suffering from discontentment. I have yet to speak with a drunkard, gossiper, liar, or idolater of body or rest or recreation without them alluding to discontentment. And it feels like the entire world is colluding to stir up discontentment within us. Every billboard, every commercial, every brochure tends to communicate,...

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Pain in Christian Marriage

Marriage can be painful–and Christian marriage is no exception. When two sinners are in a relationship as intimate as marriage, there is bound to be some measure of hurt. Our flesh will balk at the demands of self-sacrifice, service, and humility affecting one another for ill. There will be sins committed, wounds aggravated, and injuries inflicted. The extent will vary with each relationship. Some will be more challenging than others, but every Christian marriage experiences some pain. However, this isn’t completely negative (of course, we are not referring to abusive relationships). If we are purely aiming at happiness and...

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The Omnipotence of God

I want to fly. No, not just purchase a ticket and take a seat in 3B. I want to really fly. Put out my arms, jump off the Empire State building, and fly. It isn’t just the fancy of it that appeals to me. Don’t get me wrong, it would be fun, but I have practical reasons too. My commute home from work would be quicker. During those cold Michigan winters it would be nice to fly to Florida for an afternoon. Surely, it would increase my overall health. Others would benefit as well. I could make a quick...

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Guard the Good Deposit Entrusted To You

“Guard the good deposit entrusted to you,” Paul said to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:14). Some things are of such worth that we must hold onto them, no matter the cost. The Reformers of the 16th century rightly understood this. They valued the Word of God to such a degree that many willingly gave their lives for the cause of preserving this truth and passing it on to future generations. In fact, it is no overstatement to say we possess the Bible because our forefathers and foremothers in the faith were willing to die for it. Why? What makes the...

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Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

Persistent prayer proves hard for many Christians. We may labor on our knees for years as we pray for our unbelieving child, an empty womb, our spouse to be converted, the friend battling cancer, depression to no longer have a hold, a sin to lose its grip or the gift of just one good friend. We pray and continue to pray, ever fighting the temptation to give up. The temptation comes because nothing seems to happen. If we are honest, many times we wonder if our Father in heaven cares. We bow our head, utter our prayer, plead with...

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