In a world where deep thoughts swim amongst drivel, and facts are mixed with fiction, let's not miss what is truly profound
Although God is gracious to offer us salvation, a choice to not accept that (and not follow Him) produces the results that we might expect
When God restores us, it's more than just a little "tweak" to our character
A warning doesn't mean that the outcome is determined. A good warning includes help on how to change that outcome.
While it might sometimes seem like things are unfair in the short run, justice is served in the end
Maybe a parody of Charles Osgood's famous poem can offer us a lesson for a life of purpose
Resisting bad rules (to effect positive change) is one thing, but resisting good things has far worse consequences
Even if we have found restoration into the family of God, do we want the same thing for all others who need to find that same joy?
Sometimes, it's OK to skip ahead to preview the conclusion, if only to understand the rest of the plot better
We must never think about God's gift of salvation like something that we were owed.
It's great to achieve positive results within the family of God, but we must not take too much credit for being part of that family in the first place
In God's plan, even those who had a complicated journey to find Jesus can have a positive impact on others.
While we should do our best to preserve healthy relationships, perhaps we should break off one in particular that is only harming us
Paul, in the book of Romans, breaks down salvation to some of its simplest principles
What if there is even more to following Jesus than just "getting saved" (although that's a big part)?
Have we tried to tell God that we will notify Him when we're good enough for Him to accept us?
Just as we may not like to be grouped with others who we don't agree with, we also need to inspect our own hearts to ensure that we're not just being carried along by a righteous crowd without also participating in God's plan
Once we have been pronounced free from the penalty of our sins, may we not condemn others who have also been set free by the same process.
Once a verdict has been decided in our favor, it's time to go out and live a life that honors that decision, rather than staying in the courtroom and listening to our accuser press a case that he has already lost
Did you ever get assigned to compare and contrast two things, ideas, or people?