Modern Day Lessons

What do you do when you feel bad about yourself? Replacing insecurity with self-confidence begins with love – for yourself.

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel." The dangers of feeling bad about yourself It’s common for a person’s self-confidence to waiver at times. You may occasionally feel unworthy, flawed, defective, or insecure. Ultimately it is fear that you will look bad or appear less worthy in front of others that causes these uncomfortable feelings but other factors can impact your self-confidence too. Signs that you are insecure and lack self-confidence For most, feelings of insecurity are obvious but for some, insecurity may go unnoticed. They may instead feel depressed, sad, or unmotivated. Ask yourself these questions. Do you avoid challenges for fear of failure? Do you needlessly apologize to others when no apology is necessary? Do you often compare

What does the Bible tell us about the event called The Rapture?

The event called The Rapture is familiar to most Christians. It has been portrayed in many movies and most churches today teach the concept. The Rapture is an event in which all Christians will be removed from the earth and transported to heaven. It is typically believed to occur years before Jesus’ second coming and it’s typically thought will take place in secrecy (i.e. to the people of Earth, Christians will simply vanish). It’s a belief that emerged in Christianity only within the last 200 years. The theological term for this system of belief is “dispensationalism”. What does the scripture say about the event called “The Rapture”? Surprising to some, the Bible does not specifically mention the Rapture – the word itself does not appear anywhere in

How do we know there is a God? Because logic tells us God is real (and atheist arguments are illogical).

There are a multitude or arguments seeking to prove there is a god. The complexity of our great planet, the complicated laws of nature, the intricate DNA encoding in living animals, and the miracles Jesus presented on earth are all offered as proof that God is real. But logically, could there really be a power higher than us that seeded our planet, provided guidance we should live by, and stepped in to influence events when things got out of hand? Logic tells us – yes, God is real - and atheist arguments are illogical. Philosophical proofs Philosophy operates under philosophical proofs. A proof is evidence that an argument is true. Philosophy uses philosophical proofs in schemes such as “X has Y therefore Y is Z” in order

How Christians should deal with anger (and no, anger is not a sin)

Anger as a normal, healthy human emotion Anger is a normal human emotion and, in most cases, anger itself is not a sin. In fact, many times anger erupts from righteousness. For instance, many of us “blow our tops” when we witness someone being harmed or treated badly. Anger is just another survival mechanism that God built into his beloved creatures. Our brains are hardwired to make and recognize facial clues that may hint at imminent danger. In this sense, anger is a means of communication to others that we are not happy with their behavior. The physical changes that result when we are angered are virtually identical to the fight-or-flight mechanism. A large surge of adrenaline is released when we are angered. For most people, anger does

Ultimately, the ones who harm Christianity the most are… Christians – how hypocrisy works to destroy religion and faith.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew 7:3-5 When Christians are un-Christlike This week, my heart was broken by reader responses to an article on a Christian news website. The story covered migrant workers desire to enter the United States and the U.S. responses to recent events. I was stunned at the reader comments. I would presume

The commercialization of Christmas and the Christian dilemma – how you can oppose the commercialization of Christmas and keep Christmas Christ-centered.

It’s a dilemma that grows worse with each passing season – we want to celebrate the birth of our Savior but don’t appreciate the commercialization (or consumerism) of Christmas. We abhor the insolence and pressure of buying ever-more expensive gifts, “keeping up with the Joneses” when decorating our homes, and the hassle of battling materialistic crowds of shoppers - all to enrich greedy merchants who profit from the madness. On the other hand, most people don’t want to forgo Christmas entirely. Who wouldn’t want to hear beautiful Christmas songs or spend time with their family and friends in joyous celebration? But how do we reconcile the anger we feel seeing Christ pushed from the holiday as businesses secularize our celebration? We see Christmas referred to as X-Mas,

Fallen religious leaders – when your faith is shaken by another, ask yourself – “Who’s really in charge?”.

“Satan has asked to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Luke 22:31 When a religious leader or anyone else you hold in high esteem falters, it is only natural to be disappointed, saddened, and hurt. But it is weak allow their faith to be shaken by the acts of someone else. The Bible is clear, not just that Satan lies, but that his deception is unparalleled. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that he is capable of blinding others “to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel” while 2 Corinthians 11:13 adds that Satan often “disguises himself as an angel of light”. Christians should understand that Satan will try to worm his way to them in ways we cannot imagine. It’s not just

If you don’t believe prayer works, you are naive. Even science shows benefits of prayer are real.

Christians know that prayer works – they see its power demonstrated every day in their lives. Still, skeptics decry prayer as folly, a wistful effort to wish away problems or magically influence future events. They are naive. Scientific evidence has demonstrated repeatedly that prayer and the psychology behind it truly work. Scientifically supported benefits of prayer Through various research studies, science has proven that there are many benefits realized from praying. Below are some of the benefits along with the supporting scientific studies. Prayer reduces stress – if done for the right reasons Most Christians pray for others more than they pray for their own benefit. In June 2012, the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion published their research findings in a study titled Prayer and Subjective Well-Being.

Did John the Baptist and Jesus conspire to create the Messiah story? Here’s where atheist logic breaks down.

Detractors and non-believers claim that John the Baptist and Jesus conspired to create the Messiah story. They point out that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, born only months apart. They highlight that the two grew up together, played together, and naturally would have had their systems of belief coalesce as part of their close relationship. During their time together, based on their shared beliefs, the two cousins created a storyline that required John the Baptist pave the way for his cousin, Jesus, to proclaim he was the Messiah. The problem with this supposed narrative, regardless of several obvious breakdowns of logic, is that much of this storyline is untrue, never mentioned in the biblical verses nor outside historical references. Only Luke mentions the relationship

Religion as a crutch for the weak and wounded? If you use religion as a buffer against life’s struggles, you’re (probably) missing the point.

It’s a common atheist battle cry – “religion is a crutch for weak people with feeble minds”. According to these secular “faith experts”, religion’s sole purpose is to buffer believers from fear – fear of death, love loss, bad health, or any other distressful state of affairs we worry could consume us. According to these non-believers, religion rewards those who are unable to come to terms with their own mortality.  Surprisingly, part of their claim may be true. Religion used as a crutch can be good for some – but bad for others. Would you be unable to face life’s struggles without religion? Would fear of death consume you if you had no faith? Would categorizing the structure of our physical universe outside the confines of