What is the reward for obedience?

(Scripture quotations are from the New International Version Bible, unless otherwise noted.)

Obedience to God brings life and blessings; disobedience brings death and misery.  When Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he and all his future children were sentenced to death. (Genesis 2:17)  Obedient Abraham was blessed with […]

Is there a limit to showing kindness?

Yes. A Christian should always be just first. For example, a farmer would be unjust to give food to others if his own family is hungry. We need to fulfill our own responsibilities first. 1Timothy 5:8 (NIV), “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith […]

What changed in Job's life after he had encounters with God?

In Job chapters 1-2, we read Job was a righteous man and enjoyed a blessed life. However, Satan believed Job was loyal to God only because of the rewards of faithfulness. God then allowed Satan to afflict Job with severe trials…to prove (or disprove) Job’s loyalty. ​

During Job’s extended suffering, three of his friends believed Job […]

How does one find your purpose God intended for you life, on this earth? We are to love Jesus, love others like Jesus loves them and then also help grow the Kingdom of God. Is that pretty much it?

That’s part of the picture. Micah 6:8 (NKJV), “ what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” You recognized Jesus’ summary of God’s requirements: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

Is it ok for a Christian to go to a bar, not to drink but hang out with people?

Can you imagine Jesus hanging out in a bar? No. Sinners would search for Jesus and find Him in healthy places. Jesus did not seek out people having a good time in unhealthy places. ​

One problem with going to bars is that it encourages fallen fleshly appetites. Paul wrote,  “Since we have these promises, beloved, let […]

What is the meaning of Psalm 1:1-6 and Psalm 19:14? How can we make our words and our hearts' meditations acceptable to God?

The first Psalm compares Jesus and His followers, those who walk in purity of heart, with those who walk in sinful paths. Christians produce the good fruits of the spirit as they drink on the pure doctrines of truth. Whereas sinful man perishes. It's important to remember that friends impact our hearts and lives. “Do […]

Please Explain when the Door will shut for the Unwise Virgins.

The following is a brief interpretation of the parable of the Wise and Foolish (Unwise) Virgins, Matthew 25:1-10.

25:1  “…like 10 virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom”  

these are pure, holy people – not lovers of sin
lamps represent the Word of God – the virgins are illuminated by its light
they […]

How does one deal with people within your immediate circle of influence that are not following Jesus? Our points of view obviously differ and we clash, but we can’t create an unpleasant atmosphere at work.

People were drawn to Jesus because of His compassion, love, purity, wisdom, etc. He did not act like a moral policeman, pointing out sins and errors. Instead, he would talk about the uplifting and beautiful. People were encouraged, blessed by His words. 

In work situations, we do not need to join every conversation. We can be […]

How is a cheerful heart like good medicine?

Proverbs 17:22, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength." There is a connection between our thoughts and our physical health. Doctors have determined that when a person smiles, his body produces up-lifting hormones (endorphins). A simple smile will immediately improve your feelings. Try it right now. Do you […]

Why are most Christians, today, Powerless? Why isn't the Holy Spirit helping them?

Most Christians are Christians in name only, i.e., nominal. They recognize Jesus as their Savior, practice righteous living, attend church, read the Bible, etc. This is a very good first step. However, they have not given their hearts and lives over to God to do His will. To receive the holy spirit, they need to […]