Idolatry: The Secret Sin of the Heart

Recommended Reading April 2020

Recommended Reading April 2020 In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of idolatry and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer, that,...

How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them

Growing up on a large lake, I developed a great appreciation for the power of the wind. I enjoyed many summer days sailing with friends on the family sailboat. When the weather was fair and there was a steady wind, it made for a delightful day. The wind carried you...

The Remedy for Our Idolatry

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1st John 5:21). If the heart of man is, as John Calvin described it, “an idol-making factory”, then the way in which those idols are destroyed should be of utmost importance to us. The Bible is replete with references to...
Prosperity or Idolatry

Prosperity or Idolatry

Is God opposed to prosperity? Where is the line between being grateful for the gifts He's given us and idolatry? Sometimes God offers prosperity as a blessing for faithfulness (remember Solomon?), and often it comes as a result of hard, honest work. It is certainly...

Advice for Singles on Loneliness

Advice for Singles on Loneliness

We're not to be pitied. If we feel sorry for ourselves, others will feel sorry for us. If we recognize that we have a unique opportunity—the advantages of being able to serve the church, and if we're filled with gratitude for this opportunity and season—then others...

The Vicious Cycle of Idolatry and Loneliness

The Vicious Cycle of Idolatry and Loneliness

Our conscience is the first tip-off. Do we have freedom in our conscience to indulge in whatever we're doing? Do we have regret after indulging in it? Most people can sense when they've crossed a line. Sometimes we blur those lines due to repetitive use of something...

Resisting the Power of Idolatry

Resisting the Power of Idolatry

One of the things that has really helped me understand the power of idolatry in our own time and place is, strange to say, the plagues in the book of Exodus. One of the things that was amazing for me to discover is that all of the plagues in Exodus relate to gods that...

Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

In Exodus 3:14, God says, “I am who I am.” Such a declaration is powerful because the Lord God was declaring not only who He is at His absolute essence, but also declaring to the world, “I am the only God!” As we fast forward to the New Testament, the Lord Jesus...

Idolatry and Sexual Sin

Idolatry and Sexual Sin

“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’, and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words” (Proverbs 7:4-5). Life in this fallen world means that we will face sinful temptations of various kinds, and...