Category: Theology For Life

God’s Grace and Your Sufferings

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Achilles was the Greek hero in Homer’s Iliad during the Trojan War who was killed by Paris with an arrow that struck his only vulnerable spot, his heel. So the Achilles heel is the vulnerable or susceptible spot. Critics of historic Christianity often point to the problem of evil and argue that it is the “weak spot” of our faith. Hence, the problem of evil is referred to as the Achilles heel of the Christian faith. Ronald Nash writes, “Objections to theism come and go…But every philosopher I know believes...

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ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Few issues are as volatile right now as the problem of ISIS. Former President Obama, during his Presidency, stated multiple times that Islam is a “religion of peace”. While some denominations of Islam may seek to have peace, the statement that Islam is itself unequivocally a religion of peace is a historical inaccuracy. Mohammed was a mass-murderer who slayed, not only his own people, but also anyone who got in his path that did not conform to his ideology. The pure form of Islam isn’t peaceful; it’s always been violent. Any religion...

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Hope: The Best of Things

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Hope has been defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “desire with anticipation.” Other definitions given by Merriam-Webster include a “deeply held wish” or a “feeling of wanting something to happen.” I’m certain that this is how the broader culture defines hope, but is there more to it? From a Biblical worldview, we must ask ourselves the questions, “What is Christian hope?” and “How is it different from a wish or wishful thinking?” In order to do that our minds and feelings must be informed by the Scriptures. I’d like to...

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Four Ways Why Being God-Centered Matters in the Lives of His People

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet The Bible from beginning to end is the story of God. There is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)–each equally deserving worship and obedience. To be God-centered is to know and experience the God of the Bible in the daily practice of our lives. You and I live a world that is saturated with idols....

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Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet If God is sovereign and all powerful, He must not be good. Or if He is good, then He must not be sovereign and all powerful. So reason many who believe that there should simply not be any suffering in the world. But even if they understand some suffering in the world, surely an all-powerful and good God would not allow any difficulty to come into the lives of those who are serving Him and His people. Those who reason in this manner are dumbstruck when missionaries suffer setbacks, sickness,...

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