Religious Articles
  • Withing Grass, Falling Flowers, And That Employee Of The Decade Certificate
  • by James Flanders I
  • Think about all of the trophies in cabinets and the plaques on walls for a moment. Thinking about the thousands upon thousands of diplomas proudly displayed in offices around the globe. We spend one tenth of our life earning that diploma and untold amounts of money to pay for it so that by the grace of God it might help us land a good paying job. But have you ever thought about where that diploma is going to eventually end up?
  • Why Would Anyone Love God?
  • by James Flanders I
  • When many people hear about the love of God, it is presented in a somewhat psychotic way. For instance, "God absolutely and unconditionally loves you. But…" Have you ever noticed that when the word "but" follows a statement about the unconditional love of God, it's a setup for placing all sorts of conditions upon what is supposed to be unconditional?
  • Futility And Frustration For Our Good? Romans 8:20
  • by James Flanders I
  • A lifetime of frustration and futility is not what any of us would have chosen. A lifetime of frustration was not in the least bit your choice or mine. The frustration that comes along with eating right, exercising, following your doctor's advice, and yet still facing death, was not your free will choice or mine. Our futile efforts to "fix the world" are futile by God's design.
  • A Trip Across The Milky Way To See The Handiwork Of God?
  • by James Flanders I
  • The vastness of this universe with all of its mind-blowing complexities is called the handiwork of God. The Bible doesn't refer to it as the strenuous work of God. It doesn't way that it was a big challenge for God to put it in place and to keep it there. It calls it His handiwork. Billions and billions of miles, filled with millions upon millions of stars, solar systems, and planets like our own, is called the handiwork of God.
  • Does The Bible Really Teach That Sodom And Gomorrah Will One Day Be Restored?
  • by James Flanders I
  • Remember the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Most of us are familiar with the fiery account of their destruction. Does the Bible have anything to say about the ultimate fate of those who populated these cities? Are the men, women, and children of these cities forever doomed to fiery torture? Or is there hope for them to ultimately be reconciled to God?
  • How Quickly Might Your Circumstances Change? A Lesson From Jonah And The Fish
  • by James Flanders I
  • Imagine yourself in the sandals of Jonah the rebellious prophet. You've recently made some very bad choices and as a result you find yourself in a very miserable situation. In fact, things are so bad that you can't imagine your circumstances possibly getting any worse and you can't imagine that there could be a way for them to get any better. What you don't realize is that all the while God has been steering the great fish!
  • Was Jonah Really Swallowed By A Big Fish? I Believe He Was!
  • by James Flanders I
  • Many try to defend the story of Jonah by sharing "real life" stories of whalers who had fallen overboard and were swallowed up only to be found alive a day or two later after the whale was harpooned. I don't believe we don't need to have evidence of a modern day Jonah to validate what the Bible says about Jonah. Nor do we need to see a modern miracle to validate any of the miraculous accounts in Scripture.
  • Is God The Author Of A Story With A Fairy Tale Ending? Will We All Live Happily Ever After?
  • by James Flanders I
  • Imagine the story of humanity ending with the word, "And they all lived happily ever after." Could that be possible? Could it be that Christ Jesus the Lamb of God will ultimately be seen as a far greater success than the world of religion gives Him credit for? Is it possible that ultimately Jesus will receive all whom He paid for with his precious blood on the cross of Calvary? If He is the Savior, what portion of the saving is left on you?
  • The Prophet And the Prostitute (A Story Of True Love And Grace)
  • by James Flanders I
  • God called Hosea during a time when Israel had by and large turned their backs on him to go after and worship false gods. As a way of demonstrating God's heart toward these unfaithful people, the LORD called Hosea to marry a Harlot by the name of Gomer. Not only was he to marry her, but they were also to have children together. But here's the catch. His wife would abandon him and the family to return to a life of harlotry.
  • What If You Are A Heretic And Don't Know It Yet? Would That Necessarily Be A Bad Thing?
  • by James Flanders I
  • A Heretic is: 1) Someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs 2) A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. 3) A person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field. According to the definitions above do you fall into the category of being heretical in any way shape or form?
  • " Sacred Triage" As Practiced By Pope Francis
  • by Michael A Massa, JD
  • Sacred Triage, A Commentary on how Pope Fancis is methodically and surgically healing the Catholic Church, using the analogy of a medical surgeon's skills
  • Did King David Take A Temporary Trip To Hell? An Eye Opening Look At Psalm 16:10
  • by James Flanders I
  • Read this verse carefully. "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;" (Psalm 16:10a) Think about it as you consider the traditional view of hell. Does this fit in at all? If hell is a place of eternal conscious torment for the ungodly, why would David who Scripture describes as "a man after God's own heart" be sent to hell? Why would he be sent there temporarily if it really is a place of eternal, unending, forever and ever torment?
  • Free Online Story on Xica's Blog, A Story of Prayer
  • by C Ingram
  • It takes a woman 50 years to realize and rely on the power of prayer after enduring a life-long problem. An intriguing short story of how prayer changed the life for a woman who only understood disappointment.
  • Is This It? What About Death? What About The Resurrection? Is There Something More To Come?
  • by James Flanders I
  • Take a good long look at the world around you. Soak it all in. Do you believe that God's plan is to simply let things continue just as they are without end? Take a look at the headlines. Watch the news. Study history. As you and I do that, we see the same cycle continuing on and on. Birth leading to death. Is this all there is? Are we missing something? There must be more to come! What about the resurrection?
  • Imagine It Was You! What Paul Tells Us About Ministering To The Person Overtaken In Any Trespass
  • by James Flanders I
  • Imagine for a moment that you have really messed up. You blew it big time. You did something stupid. In fact, it was so stupid that you even surprised yourself! In that place, as you reflect over your life you remember hearing about other people who had done the same thing. You also remember thinking "What kind of person would ever do that? They would have to be an idiot!" Now here you are. The idiot. How would you like others to respond to you?
  • Road Rash And Restoration (Galatians 6:1)
  • by James Flanders I
  • Imagine crashing on a gravel road while riding a bicycle. The crash has left you with a serious case of road rash that needs tending to. Skin is peeled off, dirt and small rocks are embedded in your flesh. As you sit there bleeding beside the road how would you want a person to approach you? Let's carry the road rash into everyday life and the times of tumbling that we all experience at one point or another.
  • What Is The Meaning Of The Birth After The Flood In The Bible Story?
  • by Mark Z.
  • "And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. And he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. And he sent forth a dove… But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him to the ark."
  • What Is The Meaning Of God Speaking To Noah To Go Forth From The Ark In The Bible Story?
  • by Mark Z.
  • "And God spoke unto Noah, saying, 'Go forth from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you. Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, both fowl, and cattle, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may swarm in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.'"
  • What Is the Meaning of the Story of Noah in the Bible?
  • by Mark Z.
  • "Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted; Noah walked with God." So begins the chapter on Noah, immediately confusing the reader with what appears to be a straightforward story about our world. However, it confuses only those who aren't yet ready to read the Bible differently, still finding the simple historical narrative about a person named Noah satisfactory.
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