“God is love” ( 1 Jn. 4:8, 16 ). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” ( Jn. 3:16 ). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” ( Rom. 5:8 ). Continually, throughout scripture we find statement after statement, and example after example, of God’s love. Is it possible, then, that God could hate?
How many times have we heard the caution, “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” There has always been an atheistic element within our society, firm in their belief that there is no God. Less committed are the skeptics and agnostics, unsure whether God exists but leaning in the direction of the atheists. Of much greater number are those who believe in God but live their lives as though they did not, demonstrating little conscience of sin and no dedication to God. Indeed, their belief in God might be more of a nuisance than a faith. Their best hope for eternity is that the atheists are right. Well, what if that were true? What if there were not God?
God is good! One day, I received an email that included the statement, “God is good, all of the time.” That statement was more significant in that the email gave a report of a family member who had been diagnosed with cancer. The truth is, God is good all of the time! Even when things seem to be going badly for us, God is still good. Even when we pray to God for deliverance from a difficult situation, and His answer is “No” or “Wait awhile,” God is still good.
Our nation is said to be at war against terrorism. Since “9/11” the subject of terrorism has taken center stage in the minds of many governments, military leaders and everyday citizens in nations around the world. The reality of terrorism is probably being given more focused attention, on a wider scale basis, than has ever been the case.
Are you happy? What would make you happy? There’s a lot of talk about happiness. The appearance is that a great many people are unhappy with their lives. While many tell us that we need to be happy, that we need to go out and find happiness, they seem rather shallow in their analysis of what happiness really is and how to be happy.
James wrote, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” ( Jas. 4:17 ). James could not have been much clearer- not doing what we know we should do can constitute sin! Such sins are called sins of omission . Now, why did James have to include that verse in his letter? Because James was writing God’s word ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17 ), and God guided him to write exactly what He wanted James to write ( 2 Pet. 1:20-21 ).
The prophet wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” ( Isa. 5:20 ). God is speaking specifically about the nation of Israel in this text. Earlier in the chapter He refers to them as a vineyard that He planted and cultivated, only to have it produce “wild grapes” instead of “good grapes” ( vs. 1-7 ). The allusion is clear.
Time- precious, fleeting, uncertain… All of us go through twenty four hours of it every day, sixty minutes in every hour, sixty seconds in every minute. That’s 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in every day. That sounds like a lot, but it goes by so quickly that it’s gone almost before you know it.
After the death of king Solomon, Israel split into two nations. The bulk of the ten northern tribes continued to be referred to as Israel in scripture. The two tribes to the south became known as Judah , taking the name of the largest of those tribes ( 1 Kgs. 12 ).
We celebrate Father’s Day every third Sunday in June. The intent is to honor fathers for the important role they play in raising their children. It’s touching, heart warming to see families gather at restaurants to treat Dad to a meal and to say “We love you, Dad, and thanks for a job well done.” The kids have little idea just how much that small gesture means to their father.
Gary L. Hutchens