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The Big Question

A professor at a world-renowned American university regularly inquired at the beginning of his course, “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” Students routinely answered that they’d ask for money or material things. But on one occasion a student responded, “I’d ask God, What’s the purpose of my life?” This was right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In the...

You Can Know God

Athens, around A.D. 50—leading city of ancient Greece and center of one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known. Yet in this city famous for learning and philosophy stood an altar bearing the inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” Why? Within every human being persists a desire to worship something. But without knowing what to worship, we may worship the wrong object, construct an object to...

Foolishness or the Power of God?

“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Written nearly 2,000 years ago, these words in the Bible described certain Greeks who prided themselves on their philosophy and ardently sought wisdom in order to understand the universe and mankind. Although their philosophy had not answered the questions concerning the...

Does God Have a Plan?

When we’re little children, many times we play with our toys in a random way, exploring as we learn. But we have no grand scheme or purpose to our play. We simply make it up as we go. But can you imagine God doing something like that? Would the God who is wise, loving, and eternal create the universe without a purpose? Could He create human beings without a purpose?

Is Jesus in Your Boat?

In the darkness of night, Jesus’ disciples were rowing their boat in the middle of a churning sea, struggling against the blowing of a strong wind. Suddenly, amid the darkness, wind, and waves, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. They were frightened as He approached their boat. Then they heard Him speak to them: “It is I. Do not be afraid.” Upon hearing these words, the disciples took Him into...

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

The crucifixion of Jesus is generally acknowledged as a defining event in human history. But why did Jesus have to die? His earthly life was perfect and his conduct irreproachable. He spoke words of wisdom and grace. He ministered to and cared for all kinds of people. Wasn’t it enough that His life is a good pattern for us? Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

Was Mankind Created to Be Redeemed?

In the garden of Eden, God lost the part of His creation that He considered very good—mankind. Yet, though man fell under the wiles of Satan, God took a tremendous and necessary step to regain what was rightfully His, created for His own purpose from the beginning. This step is the step of redemption. What is redemption? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to redeem is “to get or win...

The Difference Between “Believing In” and “Believing Into” Jesus in John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.” Have you ever wondered why John 3:16 in the New Testament Recovery Version says “believes into Him” instead of “believes in Him?” The New Testament was written in Greek, the common language in the land at the time. In the original Greek, in and into...

The Keys to Unlock the Mystery of Human Life

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”—Gen. 1:26 Most of us, at some point in our life, have wondered what the purpose of our life is. We might have asked ourselves questions about God, life, the universe, and the meaning of our existence...

How to Be Saved by Receiving the Lord Jesus

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.”—Acts 16:31 As we’ve learned from reading this chapter, there’s so much more to our life according to God’s plan than we could have ever imagined. We learned that God wants to express Himself through mankind, and...

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