Category Archives: Dan’s Blog

Our Heart-shaped Cavity

In each of us, within the deep recesses of our inner being, lies a void. It could be called a spiritual vacuum of sorts. Think of it as a heart-shaped cavity that nothing but the love of God can truly fill. Oh, we try to fill it, by every other means possible! The world around us has become very clever in creating distraction, always diverting our attention to substitutes promising to fulfill that spiritual hunger.
       Yet there is no solution but God alone. Only by becoming His child do we find contentment replacing the spiritual poverty we often don’t even realize is there. Somehow we instinctively know this to be true. It’s the reason people run to various religions in their attempt to ease the deep-seated distress of the human condition. And it’s also why those who stubbornly hold no belief system at all rebel so intensely against Christ’s message of salvation.

Ideas are Powerful

Ideas are powerful. There is no greater force for social transformation than ideas. Nations have been birthed by them. Ideas form the foundation of entire cultures. Most people live according to ideas nurtured by the world around us. More often than not the media establishment directs and rules our lives.
      So if ideas really are that influential, wouldn’t it make sense that God’s ideas are the most dynamic of all? Who but God alone totally understands the fabric of our being? God alone knows what brings true fulfillment. His truth is there to be uncovered throughout the pages of the Bible. Yet it’s impossible to discover those ideas without first gaining a solid understanding of what it contains. It stands to reason, then, that we need to study the Bible. In it you will not only direction find for your life, but also the peace which surpasses all worldly understanding.

Born Again?

Belief in God is so much more than a mental acceptance of His truth. Real faith results in transformation, and this is impossible to accomplish on our own. The Apostle Paul described it this way: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Our encounter with God is governed by an entirely new framework. Jesus explained that one must be “born again.” Our spiritual nature must come alive to Him.
       Meeting Jesus personally can’t help but transform a person. It all begins with a first step. As we take that step toward believing Jesus for His promise of eternal life, we find Him stepping toward us as well. God will make it absolutely clear where you stand with Him. His stamp of approval is found on those who have become His children, His chosen ones. It’s God’s gift to us.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Spiritual Illiteracy

Illiteracy is an awful thing. It prevents people from healthy development. In a way, they can’t be blamed for their failure to understand, since this weakness imprisons them. Sometimes their environment prevents them from learning and sometimes they’ve simply made that choice.
      What about the spiritually illiterate—that is, those who don’t have a clue about God and His ways? When we are talking with people we need to realize that they may not be able to grasp what we’re sharing. So we need to be compassionate and patient as God reveals that first glimmer of hope through us. We must realize that while some have chosen spiritual illiteracy, others may not even have been exposed to the truth.
      Our job is to speak God’s truth. And realizing that people may lack the ability to understand will help us to share His truth in love, rather than standing in judgment over them.

Faith Results in Action!

We all exercise faith as we go about our routine of life. And we always behave as we believe. What we have set our heart on is what we naturally pursue. Today’s interpretation of believing rarely lines up with the Bible’s meaning because superficial belief requires almost no effort.
When the Bible uses the word believe it means trusting in what God has promised.                                  Faith and trust are one and the same. Believe is merely the verb form of the nouns belief, faith and trust. Scripture tells us: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who seek Him.” Belief in God, then, should always result in pursuing relationship with Him. Action is what’s needed! It offers proof that we truly believe. Without it our so-called faith amounts to nothing.

From: The Path Through the Maze. Answering Life’s Ultimate Question; What Happens After We Die?

 

 

The Nature of Biblical Belief

The Bible is jam-packed with the promises of God, and they all hinge on one key promise: “Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” What does it mean to believe? You may say, “Of course I believe in God,” or, “Yes, I believe in Jesus.” But what is the outcome of that belief? Has it changed your life in any meaningful way? Is your life any different from those who hold no such belief at all?
       The term believe has become seriously watered-down in our culture. It doesn’t come close to what the Bible says it is. It’s not uncommon for us to believe what is being offered in life, yet more often than not these beliefs are merely superficial. So what’s the point? It’s simply this: acting on God’s promises proves that we believe, unquestionably showing that we trust—have faith in—what God offers. Pursuit of God offers that proof.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

The Ultimate Price

“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” This incredible prophecy found in Isaiah 53 is one that resounds throughout all generations. But it does not stand alone; the entire chapter teems with the purpose of God—the suffering Jesus had to endure, bearing in His body that which would ultimately release us from the guilt of sin and restore us to relationship with our Father.
       Read it again, and contemplate this prophecy written 700 years before Christ’s death. Think not only about the precision with which His crucifixion fulfilled it, but also the content of the message—the magnitude of the offering He willingly endured because of His immeasurable love for us. Yes, we have gone our own way. Isaiah 53 is a sobering reminder to us all.

“What must I do to be saved?”

As the Apostle Paul sat chained in a Macedonian dungeon singing praises to God, a massive earthquake occurred. His shackles miraculously fell off and the prison gates flew wide open. Witnessing this, the terrified jailer cried, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul’s reply was straightforward, yet very explicit: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”
Could it really be that simple? What about all the ritual and penance one must perform to become acceptable in God’s eyes? Not necessary, Jesus says. It’s as simple as believing God’s promise. But what does believing really mean? The Bible is always the starting place when exploring the meaning of belief. Yet few bother to investigate it, much less understand it.
The Bible is true! Proof of this is the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who share the same experience of life-changing transformation—just as depicted in its pages.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Only One Way to God

All creation was brought into existence through Jesus Christ. And it was created “for Him.” This is God’s intent for everything we see before us. Since mankind is the zenith of God’s created order, we possess a supreme purpose. What is it exactly? Our reason for existence is to be united with God—to share eternal life with Him. This theme is repeated time and again in the Bible.
     Yet as staggering as God’s promise of eternal life for all mankind is, not everyone will get to share in it. Quite the opposite really; it is reserved for God’s chosen few. Not one of us will ever experience God’s ultimate purpose without first receiving what Jesus has so generously provided. Those who claim that there are many roads to God are flatly mistaken. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus Christ claims, “no one comes to the Father but though Me.”

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

This World as a Stage

Skeptics often ask why our planet could be of any relevance in a universe so vast. How could this world, insignificant as it appears to be, harbor the setting for the epic struggle between good and evil. This idea is widely accepted as the message of the Bible, but it’s just plain wrong.
       The core of the Bible is not about the battle between good and evil. Even a brief look at Scripture tells us that God’s victory over evil is no contest at all. No, this seemingly irrelevant stage we call Earth isn’t about the ultimate dominance of good over evil. It’s about singling-out God’s chosen few—the welcoming of the children of God into eternal life with Him. This is the underlying theme of practically every book of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. For achieving of such an amazing purpose, no stage could be too large!

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?