Blessings from Heaven (Part 2)

Blessings from Heaven (Part 2)

The Sermon on the Mount is Heaven’s benediction to the world—a voice from the throne of God. (E.G. White, Preface to Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. vii.1)   Jesus opened his mouth and taught them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).   These words fell as a shock on the ears

I Know the Thoughts

I Know the Thoughts

The Word of God is a powerful sword; however, it does not cut to wound us, but to heal us. The Word seeks to bring healing to our lives, even when we turn to God in the midst of negative situations we may have brought upon ourselves. I remember that before I became a Christian, I lived a life of chaos—causing problems at home, being the class clown

Laughing at the Funeral

Laughing at the Funeral

My daughter is 12, and her mother and I try to keep up with everything she’s reading, which means that we’re both reading a lot of children’s/preteen literature. As I began to preview the choices of teen/youth/young adult literature, I came to a startling conclusion: one of the most popular genres was dystopian fiction—stories that detail how the f

Is God Good?

Is God Good?

I’ve noticed something. In both the halls of the university and the corridors of the church, doubt in the existence of God isn’t the most common issue I have run into. Rather, it is doubt in the goodness of God.   Constantly bombarded with the world’s pain, we began to develop a theology: God is distant. God must not really care about us. God

Matthew 4: A Question of Trust

Matthew 4: A Question of Trust

Over the past 6,000 years, the great controversy between Christ and Satan has been fought with one supreme objective in mind: the allegiance of all created beings. However, because all intelligent beings were created by God as free moral agents, one’s allegiance is fundamentally determined by who they trust. This article will therefore explore the