260 Reasons for Believing

Hundreds of GREAT reasons I've found for believing in Jesus Christ

260 Reasons for Believing - Hundreds of GREAT reasons I've found for believing in Jesus Christ

There’s No Such Thing As a Group Hallucination

Waiting for the Word Resurrected Jesus

Flickr Artwork Courtesy of Waiting for the Word

One of the earliest and most important creedal statements of Christianity can be found embedded in the text of a letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, Greece.  In it, Paul gives testimony that he “received” this information directly from those who had experienced the event. Paul wrote,

For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas [aka Simon Peter], then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive,  though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Continue reading

Because “Would Not Believe” Can Turn into “Could Not Believe”

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His loyal love endures!                    (Psalm 106:1)

bigstock-Silhouette-Of-Jesus-Christ-Cru-2729215As discussed yesterday, the love of God endures forever. His love is everlasting. As a loving God, the Lord is committed to calling us to Himself (or back to Himself) as long as we have breath in our lungs.

There is one exception to that statement, though, and that exception is based on something that God and God alone can know. Continue reading

His Love Is An Everlasting Love

“Everlasting Love”

Melvin_Es Holding Hands

Flickr Photo By Melvin_Es

Lot’s of folks out there can sing Robert Knight’s 1967 classic hit “Everlasting Love.” Well, at least you know the song I’m talking about. Whether you or I can actually sing it is quite another matter. It was such a popular number that several other artists, including Gloria Estefan, did remakes of the song. It was snappy–an upbeat number. And I’m sure you agree, the idea of everlasting love is extremely appealing. Continue reading

Heaven on Earth

sum_optima Heavenly Hash

Photo By sum_optima

“Heavenly Hash,” “like heaven on earth,” “almost heaven”–we use the word “heaven” in colloquial language all the time. Yet most of the time, earth consumes our thoughts, concerns, and efforts. For those who reject the supernatural, the phrases “like Valhalla on earth” or “almost Mt. Olympus” will do just fine, since in the mind of the materialist, the physical universe is all there is.

But what good reason can be given for rejecting the supernatural? For a multitude of reasons that I’ve been offering here for months now, I firmly believe there is a supernatural. And as part of God’s creation, heaven is as much a reality as the chair I’m sitting in while I type this. In a way, it’s more real. Continue reading

A Very Reasonable Thing to Do

Evidently, in today’s world, it is more important to be LOUD than to be confident, and it’s more important to come across as confident than it is to be IMG_3273correct! At least, that seems to be the way things are now, based on the results of a study involving more than one billion tweets on Twitter.

Talk about living in an irrational world! People assume others are right, simply because they said it louder? I guess we can thank everyone from “Donahue” to “The View” for that. At the same time, we shouldn’t be surprised, then, if a great segment Continue reading

Jesus Cares about Outcasts

Anybody who has ever had a reasonable education has been made aware of the fact that there have long been people in India who are considered outcasts or “untouchables.” For religious and social reasons, these “untouchables” are excluded from opportunities that others might take for granted. I suppose the one bright spot in the lives of India’s “untouchables,” if you could even call it bright, is that they can socialize with one another and somehow give a modicum of mutual support.

.Nena. Lonely Person

Lonely Outcast Photo By .Nena.

In many societies around the world–perhaps in every society–there exists an another kind of social ostracism, one in which the outcast doesn’t even have others like himself or herself to fall back on for support. In John 4, there is an example of that kind of outcast person–a woman who couldn’t join the other village women Continue reading

Jesus Christ Enables People to Love

Christ Said to Love One Another

Norm & Debra Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Photo By Norm & Debra

I’d like to give a “shout-out” to William Corbett over on LinkedIn.com for pointing me toward the topic of today’s post. He reminded me that the way that the world should know that people are Christians, according to the Lord Jesus Christ, is through our love for one another. (John 13:34-35) This alone says a lot.

I’m not a psychologist–clinical, research, or otherwise. I’ve never even played one on TV. But I’m pretty sure that psychologists the world over would agree that even the most solitary of human beings–and few of us are very solitary by choice–needs love.

Everyone needs love, yet it’s not easy to love everyone. People are disagreeable. Continue reading