Are You Feeling Guilty – Part 2

In last week’s article, we learned that Christ’s sacrifice eliminates all guilt. If we are feeling guilty about our past forgiven sins, then we are doing so for irrational reasons. Let’s think about some of those irrational reasons. First, we may feel guilty due to self-blame. Some confuse blaming self with taking responsibility. Self-blame is […]

Are You Feeling Guilty – Part 1

There are two kinds of guilt in the Bible. There is the feeling of guilt when our conscience condemns us—subjective guilt. There is also guilt for doing something objectively wrong. This guilt isn’t a feeling; it is a state of being that results from having sinned. It is the criminal that is pronounced guilty by […]

Follow The Rules!?

Phariseeism begins with seemingly harmless and very practical rules. What is wrong with washing hands before eating? That seems like a sensible thing to do, especially if you have dirt on your hands. Why shouldn’t we make that a rule? It’s for the public benefit, and it’s just common sense—very practical, and sensible (but Matthew […]

Christianity and Self-Worth

The Bible presents a high view of the worth of each individual person. This view is two-fold. First, there is the fact of a person’s being made in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he […]

“Love is the Perfect Unifier”

How intelligent are we really? Not very, if we are willing to sacrifice relationships for our own pride. Lack of love is the culprit.

Recovering from Spiritual Narcissism – Part 1

What is narcissism? The word originates from Greek mythology in the story of Narcissus, a man who was cursed to be infatuated with himself. He wasted away his life staring at his own reflection. This caricature epitomizes the essential nature of the narcissist—self-absorption, egoism. Narcissism involves how the self selfishly processes its own experiences. Here’s […]

Abounding in Hope

Satan does not want people to have hope, and that means that hope is a powerful tool of God for good. God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13).