Monthly Archives: September 2016

Creation Ex Nihilo

There are numerous ways in which Christianity differs from many other world religions, and from ancient mythologies.  One of the most significant is the concept of creation ex nihilo.  Ex nihilo is a Latin phrase that means “out of nothing.”  The doctrine of creation ex nihilo asserts that before the creation of the cosmos, nothing existed but God alone.  No thing at all.  Then God spoke into existence the material universe.  It was created by divine fiat, by the order of God.  The universe was not created out of any kind of preexisting material, for nothing existed before the creation. Continue reading

Wake Up, America!

One of the bedrock foundations of our republic is the concept of religious freedom.  It is basic to everything we believe.  It was considered divinely-ordained right by our Founding Fathers.  It was codified and guaranteed to us in our Bill of Rights.  Yet, religious expression and liberty of conscience is increasingly coming under attack.  Consider a few examples…

The Fire Chief of Atlanta, Kelvin Cochran, self-published a book that briefly mentioned biblical teaching regarding non-marital sexual relations, including homosexuality.  He was not claiming to state official policy of the Atlanta Fire Department.  He was simply stating his personal beliefs.  For this “offense” he was first suspended, then fired from his job. Continue reading

Prayer is War!

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19

According to the Bible, we are engaged in constant spiritual struggle.  Many are not aware of this reality.  But it is true nonetheless.  And our enemy is powerful.  That enemy is not our spouse, our boss, our children, or our neighbor.  It is the Devil himself, and the hosts of his kingdom.  The Scriptures teach us that we are not fighting against human agencies, but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).  In this verse Paul describes the hierarchy of Satan’s armies.  Ever wonder why the spiritual life is so difficult?  Why is prayer so hard?  You have the forces of darkness fighting against you. Continue reading

One Door, One Shepherd

In John 10 we hear powerful and encouraging words from the Lord Jesus Himself: “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:7-10 NKJV). Continue reading