What We Should Learn from Seasons

As I look out my office window I see that change is in the air. It is already becoming cooler and a few leaves are starting to turn colors. It reminds me that seasons are part of God’s design—something we often take for granted by overlooking God’s spiritual purpose for the seasons. Solomon wrote “There is an occasion for everything, …

Marissa BenavidesWhat We Should Learn from Seasons

Crossing the line from Admiration to Worship One of the most interesting aspects of the recent visit to the United States by Pope Francis was how people responded. It’s clear that he has his critics. Nevertheless, it’s obvious he’s also one of the most popular Popes in recent memory—a man with true celebrity status—a man often described as a very …

Marissa Benavides

Why God Loves You

If you were to ask a group of Christians if they believe God loves them, most would have no trouble responding with a resounding “yes!” If you were to ask the same people how God loves them, I believe most would be able to come up with several good examples. However, if you were to ask why God loves them, I believe many would find it …

Marissa BenavidesWhy God Loves You

Are We Alone In the Universe?

Scientists today often assume that in a universe filled with countless stars and galaxies, conditions capable of supporting intelligent life surely must exist elsewhere in the universe. To think otherwise, they say, is egotistical!   But I believe it’s also reasonable—and humbling—to conclude that intelligent life does not exist anywhere else. A major reason is that the probability of the …

Marissa BenavidesAre We Alone In the Universe?

The Power of Bondage

In John 5:6 Jesus asked a man who had been an invalid for 38 years if he wanted to be healed. Some people might find His question difficult to understand. It seems logical that the invalid would want to be healed. However, in asking the question, Jesus demonstrated His understanding of human nature. He understood that some people actually find …

Marissa BenavidesThe Power of Bondage

Understanding What is Important

In his best-selling book, The Things That Matter, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer discusses the difference between how much information people have and what kind of information they have. His main point is that what we know is more important than how much.   Though Krauthammer would seriously disagree with my biblical presuppositions, his comment is important. Today, many people’s lives are …

Marissa BenavidesUnderstanding What is Important

Everything Changes Except…

Truly, we live in a world of constant and rapid change.  Every 24-hour cycle we hear “breaking news” stories designed to help us stay informed. And the advent of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is speeding up the process.   I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a positive view of changes that conform to my interests …

Marissa BenavidesEverything Changes Except…

God’s Invisible Hand

In spite of God’s “omnipresence” and “omnipotence” we sometimes overlook His desire and ability to intervene in our lives. Sometimes His intervention is individual and personal. Sometimes it occurs on such a grand scale that both believers and unbelievers are affected. History provides numerous descriptions of major events involving God’s intervention. Events such as the Exodus and Joshua’s conquest of …

Marissa BenavidesGod’s Invisible Hand

This year, I Resolve to…

  Did you know that the practice of New Year’s resolutions had its origin in religion?  Ancient Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods. This was also part of Judaism’s autumn festivals and the Christian observance of Lent.   Many of us are determined to take action to improve our physical condition. In my own case, I stayed fit …

Marissa BenavidesThis year, I Resolve to…

When You Discover You Were Misled

There was a recent article on the Internet about the extreme immoral behavior of Joseph Smith, the Founder of the Mormon Church. I was surprised to discover that the source of the information was the Mormon Church itself! Predictably, many Mormons reacted with anger. Some were defensive and in denial.   I couldn’t help but reflect on my own religious …

Marissa BenavidesWhen You Discover You Were Misled