Is Heaven an Eternal Retirement or a New Beginning?

From the beginning of the creation, God had a purpose – a master plan – in mind.  We see evidence in the creation as well as in the Scriptures that God is purposeful in everything He does.   When God created Adam and Eve, He instructed them to manage and maintain the Garden. Had they not sinned, they would have …

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Preserving the Truth through Future Generations

  One of the principles we covered at last Wednesday’s study of the book of Joel highlighted the fact that perhaps the most important key to preserving God’s truth is to share it with the next (or younger) generation—those who are destined to become adults in the next few years. Moses also wrote:   Only be on your guard and …

Technology and the Great Commission

The recent article “These Six Technologies had a Transformative Year” (December 28, Dallas Morning News) made me wonder how these technological advances will enable our ministry to reach people around the world more effectively. Of special interest in the article were the following points:   As of 2015, India has more Internet users than the U.S and China has twice …

The Ability To Choose

As simple as it sounds, one of the greatest proofs of God’s existence is the ability to choose. Materialistic God-deniers hypothesize that all of our actions can be attributed to random interactions of the chemicals, atoms, and molecules that make up our physical bodies. However, they are unable to explain how such random interactions lead to our ability to make …

Major World Events and Disasters – A Biblical Perspective

The Bible provides some important safeguards to prevent us from either under-reacting or over-reacting to major tragedies and world events such as the recent massacre in Paris. First consider Matthew 16:3 where Jesus scolded the Pharisees and Sadducees for ignoring important trends: “You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the …

The Mystery of Near-Death Experiences

Megyn Kelly of Fox News recently interviewed John Burke—a pastor in Austin, TX—about his book Imagine Heaven. Burke provides detailed descriptions of the after life from individuals claiming to have been taken there in an intermediate, out-of-body state often referred to as a near-death experience (NDE).   Burke’s in-depth research and observations clearly raise some very legitimate questions.In light of the testimonies …