Posts from March 2018

Posts from March 2018

WHAT IS BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT?

On one occasion, Jesus cast out a demon then was accused by the Pharisees of being able to do so because He was empowered by Satan (Matthew 12:24). Jesus responded to their accusation by attributing His miraculous abilities to the “Spirit of God” (Matthew 12:28). What is interesting about this particular story is that it led to one of the most sobering statements that Jesus ever made. In Matthew 12:31, Jesus said, “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people,…

Imbalanced Worship?

In John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” In context, Jesus was not preaching a “sermon” about worship; instead, He was having a personal and intentional conversation with a Samaritan woman about her spiritual condition.   In other words, He wanted to talk about something else. When the woman realized that the conversation was getting a little TOO personal, she changed the subject – like so many people still…

TRIPADVISOR: ETERNITY

If you are ever traveling through Stroudsburg, PA, you might want to steer clear of the Pocono Plaza Inn. According to tripadvisor.com (a trusted consumer-based website that ranks hotels, airlines, restaurants, etc.), this hotel is in the top 10 worst hotels in the country. Some of the reviews for this hotel include: “There was a family in the room next to me. I heard them getting a shower. Shortly after the shower turned on I heard a gurgling sound in…

WHAT IS THE KINGDOM?

The “kingdom of God” is an important topic in the New Testament. In fact, this specific phrase appears at least 69 times in the New Testament. Despite the prevalence of this phrase in Scripture, many people are still uncertain as to what it is referring. Therefore, this article will seek to clarify what the kingdom is by highlighting four big takeaways from Scripture on the subject. First, the Bible indicates that the “kingdom of God” is a reference to His…

The Not-So-Magnificent Seven

If you are a fan of westerns, you will probably agree that “The Magnificent Seven” is a pretty great movie. In this movie, made in 1960, a poor village hires seven gunfighters to help defend them from a group of bandits who continue to loot and oppress them. Although the gunfighters sustain losses, they are successful in liberating the village from their oppressors. It is an exciting, thrilling, and even heartwarming movie about courage, sacrifice, and standing up for something…

PRICELESS

A few years ago I was in Tallahassee for a speaking engagement, and, while there, I was invited on a canoeing trip down the Wacissa River with a local youth group. The Wacissa is formed by several underground springs and is known for its crystal clear water. In fact, it is a popular location for scuba diving enthusiasts because of one’s ability to explore underwater caves without the impediment of murky water. On this particular occasion, my group traveled down…

A Quick Checkup

I have been wearing glasses and/or contacts since the third grade. Without corrective lenses, I have trouble seeing anything that isn’t directly in front of me. For those of you who understand prescription strengths, my contact lens prescription is now a -6.5 in my left eye and a -7.25 in my right eye. Yes, it’s bad.   Lately, I’ve been using some reading glasses along with my contact lenses because my vision has gotten progressively worse over the past year.…

DON’T BE UNPREPARED

On Wednesday, March 8, 2018 it was announced that Cape Town, South Africa may not face Day Zero this year. If you are unfamiliar with the crisis that the second largest city in South Africa has been facing, Day Zero is the designation given to an estimated day in the future when Cape Town will run out of water. The original Day Zero was April 22, 2018, but, thanks to significant conservation efforts, it appears that this day may be…

Father Walks Out On Sinning

As I was running on the treadmill this morning, I saw a news story on one of the televisions entitled, “Mom Walks Out on Signing.” It caught my attention, so I watched it for a few minutes. Jacob Copeland is a four-star wide receiver from Pensacola, FL, and he was recently faced with the difficult choice between Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama on National Signing Day. When he revealed his commitment to the Gators by putting on the Florida hat, his…

Cutting Your Losses

What’s the most expensive mistake you’ve ever made? If I had the time, I could tell you about a $12,000 mistake that I made several years ago. It was the result of misplaced trust, and although it seemed like a good idea at the time, it was $12,000 that I will probably never see again.   Maybe your “expensive mistake” was in the form of a vehicle, a home, or a piece of equipment that caused more trouble than it…

DON’T BE LAZY

An article dated April 16, 2014 appeared on the website of the New York Daily News entitled “Laziness could be hereditary, study suggests.” The article tells of research conducted at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine where experiments conducted on rats lead to the identification of “36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.” As a result, “researchers came to the conclusion that there is such a thing as a genetic predisposition to laziness.”[1]  To…