Posts by Kyle Rye

Posts by Kyle Rye

Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 2)

At times, faith is difficult because it requires the unseen to be greater than the seen, and since faith can be difficult, the opportunity for doubt arises. This begs the question: is it a sin to doubt? In an effort to answer this question, let us explore what the Bible has to say about doubt, and we begin by acknowledging that the presence of doubt is not uncommon during the faith development process. Since faith must be tested (James 1:2-4;…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 1)

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen, but subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9:17-24 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered, “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…
Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS

Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrically opposed to one another.   Some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together while the other contends that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier…

SELFITIS: PROGNOSIS

In last week’s article, we diagnosed the spiritual disease of selfitis. Selfitis refers to the inflammation of the self to the exclusion or reduction of God. Selfitis can be diagnosed by observing the speech patterns of an individual. If an individual utilizes personal pronouns in excess during conversation, then he or she has likely contracted selfitis (e.g. Genesis 11:4; Judges 16:20; 1 Samuel 13;11-12; Daniel 4:30). The prognosis for this disease is not favorable. Since selfitis involves the elevation of…

SELFITIS: DIAGNOSIS

There is a prominent spiritual disease that has adversely affected numerous followers of God over the years. It is called “selfitis” (pronounced sel-fi-tis), and it refers to the inflammation of the self. “Selfitis” occurs when one glorifies himself or herself to the exclusion or reduction of God. It is typically contracted when an individual… allows his or her personal interests to supersede God’s will, as was the case with Balaam who in Numbers 22:21-35 apparently intended to curse Israel in…
judgement

Four Truths About The Day Of Judgment

Jesus spent a lot of time talking about a final judgment. Through His parables, Jesus indicated the next life will be inaugurated by a universal judgment. In the parables of the Wheat and Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30), the Good Fish and Bad Fish (Matthew 13:47-50), the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46), Jesus presented a judgment scene in which a separation between two groups occurred, resulting in one being saved and the other…
missing the mark

MISSING THE MARK

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the United States’ best marksman was a man named Matthew Emmons. He won a gold medal in the men’s 50 meter rifle prone position competition, and was on the precipice of winning another gold medal in the men’s 50 meter rifle three position competition. With one shot remaining, he was in the lead and only needed to hit the target in order to secure another victory. Normally, the shot he made would have received…
Turn The Other Cheek

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

In his book Simple Faith, Charles Swindoll told the following story… A successful Irish boxer was converted and became a preacher. He happened to be in a new town setting up his evangelistic tent when a couple of tough thugs noticed what he was doing. Knowing nothing of his background, they made a few insulting remarks. The Irishman merely turned and looked at them. Pressing his luck, one of the bullies took a swing and struck a glancing blow on…

A PEOPLE NOT A PLACE

Often times we confuse a brand for a product. For example, some people refer to facial tissue as Kleenex. It is true that Kleenex is a popular facial tissue brand; however, Kleenex is not the only facial tissue brand. Therefore, not all facial tissue is Kleenex. The same thing happens when some people refer to adhesive bandages as Band-Aids. Band-Aid is an adhesive bandage brand; however, Band Aid is not the only adhesive bandage brand. Therefore, not all adhesive bandages…

MORE THAN WORDS

According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day.[1] That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and the number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many words being…
Family

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER

Throughout the Bible, children are viewed as a blessing to their parents. Such is the case in Psalm 127:3-5 where children are referred to as “a heritage from the Lord” as well as “a reward,” and it indicates the one “who fills his quiver with” children is “blessed.” However, in order for children to truly be a blessing to their parents, they must understand the proper relationship they are to have with their parents. That is where the biblical command…

WAITING ON GOD

When I graduated from Harding University with my bachelor’s degree in Bible and Religion back in 2003, I naively assumed that ministry positions would come to me. However, that was not the case. For nine months I lived with my parents, worked at a paint store, and attended graduate school because I had nothing else to do. During that time, I kept wondering when God was going to utilize me. I thought to myself, “God I have given you my…