And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28 Paul did not claim that everything in life was great but rather, that all of God's works have purpose whether we see the benefit or not. God does not spare Christians from tragedy nor stop others from persecuting us but we can take comfort in knowing that every experience in our life will contribute to our own good.
God loves you! For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 This verse is an important summary of the gospel and thus, has become a very popular Christian verse. It shows that God's love is not limited by nation, race, nor religion. God loves the entire world – including YOU. His love was expressed to us through Jesus' life, the lessons he taught us, and ultimately his sacrificial death. This wonderful gift does not have to be earned, only received through belief in Jesus and the lessons he passed to us through the New Testament.
Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to the one who knocks. Jesus asked the crowd, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone instead? Of if he asks for fish, will give him a snake? If you, mere men, know how to provide gifts to those who ask, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” So in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for
I have some news for you that may come as a surprise – the Bible Belt has been lost. And it happened right under our noses. The belt, that once stretched from coast to coast, first shrank. The erosion began on one end of the country (guess where) and continued to shrink, collapsing inward from the other end of the country (guess where), tightening the Bible Belt in a vice-like grip causing it to shrink smaller and smaller. Fat with success and giddy with their newly available playtime, modern-America never even noticed that the belt was being lost. We began to accept as the norm, more and more, what the Bible taught us not to do – substance abuse, lying, marital infidelity, sexual immorality. Today the