Is God Good or Evil?

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I have heard this question wrestled with lately. Is God good or evil? Does He perhaps have a mix of good and evil? Does He have a side of Him that is sadistic, liking to see people suffer?

Is God Good or Evil?

This question comes up more often today because of the pervasive humanistic thought that has eroded our society. If you come from a humanistic point of view, then you get these questions of God being good or evil. Whether He intends good and bad for us for His pleasure.

If we are going to think of this rightly though, we must come to a couple of foundational truths. They are that God is eternal, God is perfect and good, and God made everything that is in existence, including people.

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Real Followers vs Fake Followers of Jesus

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There is a difference between real and fake followers of Jesus.  Jesus makes this clear and the apostles also made this clear.  Those who continue in Jesus’ words, who keep His commands are followers of Jesus.

Real Follwers vs Fake Follwers of Jesus

Many “sports fans” are casual at best.  They rarely go to their team’s games, once in a great while will watch one with friends, but they are really not into the games themselves.  These are the fake fans, they just want to be included. The fake fans rely on others to fill them in on the information about the team.

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For the Life that’s Desolate, Never Thirst Again

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The spiritually thirsty, the destitute, the broken, the bankrupt, the hurting, the life that’s desolate, and the damaged are the ones that Jesus calls to.  He says anyone can come who is thirsty.  What is your spiritual state?  Do you have the living water that will quench your spiritual thirst?  If so, you will never thirst again.

For the Life that's Desolate, Never Thirst Again

Jesus points out in this passage those who will respond to Him.  It is those who have a spiritual need.  Those who recognize their position, that they are bankrupt and destitute.

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Following Jesus, At All Cost

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There are costs to do every activity in life.  Each endeavor costs us time, money, and other opportunities.  There is limited time and resources in life.  Those resources will run out. When we follow Jesus it will be at all cost.

Pickup Your Cross and Follow Jesus

If I choose to watch a football game, it is costing me the opportunity to do another activity.  If I am hired at one job full time, I can’t be hired at their competitor doing the same thing.  I can’t agree to every opportunity that comes along because I would run out of one of these resources.

In our limited resources that we have, what will you be spending them on?  What matters to you in this life enough to spend your resources on?  What, will it cost you to follow and serve the Lord?

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Religion is Dead

The Rise of the Non-Religious Nones

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Look around today and churches are shrinking. A whole new category of people have emerged on poles about religion.  This new category is called “None”.  That’s right, the religion of none or non-religious.

Religion is Dead

Out of seemingly nowhere there is now a category for people who don’t have an identifiable religion.  This category has risen over the last decade to larger numbers.  In the United States, this number is at over 22% of Americans, especially in the younger generations.

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Grand Canyon – Alone time with God

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Have you ever had an awe-inspiring event?  One that will always be etched into your memory?  Have you had one that included God creation?  These are the most spectacular for me, when I see God’s creation in its absolute awesomeness.

Heath Perry - Grand Canyon

For me, one of the most awe-inspiring events was spending time with God alone at the Grand Canyon’s edge.  It simply gives one a perspective of how great and big of a God that we love and serve.  It was an amazing moment for me.

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Overwhelmed? How to Reset When Life Becomes too Much

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We all need a time to reset, take a step back, and to get a breather. Maybe you are finding yourself overwhelmed with tasks, with more to do than hours in a day, week, a year. You don’t know how you are going to do it. Completely Overwhelmed?

Reset when overwhelmed

I found that place a few times this year, my most recent time was a month ago. My website had re-launched with this blog and I had begun writing again. I was thoroughly enjoying it.

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Two Things You Can Do to Go Deeper with God

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There are a few phrases floating around in the Christian lingo. One that I’ve heard quite a bit is to Go deeper with God. I’ve even sang the words in church. Have you ever wondered what that meant? Is that even a thing?

Go Deeper with God

When I go swimming, I hate the part of getting in. I’ve used all of the methods, jumping in to get used to the water quickly, getting splashed by others (not by choice and dislike it a lot), and starting in the shallow water and walking to the deeper area.

Whatever the method, there is only one way that you can swim, to get wet. You can’t stay dry and swim, your body has to be immersed in water to swim.

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God’s Power in My Life

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There is a noticeable power vacuum lately. This is NOT a political statement.  I am not even talking about the lack of strong leadership around us.  There is a noticeable power vacuum with a lack of God’s Power in people’s lives.

God's Power in My Life

Look around you. If you notice what I have noticed lately, there are people in despair. People have no hope of overcoming the problems in their lives.

They have tried man’s wisdom and it hasn’t worked. People are looking for power in their lives and they will go anywhere to find it.

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Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

How to React On Social Media to Negative Comments

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I wrote a couple of simple lines on Facebook. Some emotions ran high. Unexpected comments came in.  I had no idea that a simple statement would cause this.  Sound familiar?

Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

I am reminded how so many people online can come across combative. There are countless times when I have seen outright attacks or comments that are misaligned.  In a time when information flies quickly across our screens and our reactions seem just as quick, we can become quickly offended.

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4 Reasons There is No Time for Sin

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There was a realization that I had today.  We look around the world and see every crazy thing happening.  Islam is making a push to take over the world, Atheism is taking over in countries where Christianity once was prominent, and the United States is in a moral tailspin.  The realization was this, THERE IS NO TIME FOR SIN IN MY LIFE.

There is No Time for Sin

I remember growing up in a large church.  We were comfortable there.  The church was enjoyable, with a pastor who lived fully for God.  We had great music and an amazing youth group.

Although, some of the church members seemed to live a double life.  We would dabble in worldly things and clear our conscience on Sunday when we devoted our lives to God for a couple of hours.

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Do This One Thing To Always Succeed

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Whatever you do will prosper! You won’t fail. You will be successful. Anything that you put your effort to or take a risk on doing, it will be a hit. You will always succeed! That’s a promise!

How to Always Succeed, Why You Can't Fail

I have a little metal paperweight that reads, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” I find much encouragement in that.

Not because I can’t fail. I can and I have many times. I find encouragement in that because God says that I won’t fail.

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4 Reasons Our Walk with God Becomes Stale

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Our daily walk with God is the most important thing in our lives.  Our walk with God is the source of purpose in our lives.  It is the foundation in our lives for everything else that we do. If our walk with God becomes stale, then the rest of our life goes off kilter. Ever feel like your in a desert in your spiritual walk?

Walk with God

In the past month, I have become very busy with work, family, and ministry.  I have become much busier than normal.  After traveling and having commitments every day, I had begun to sense that my own walk with God was suffering.

I began to sense that I was not hearing from God as I normally would.  While the ministry and work being done was going even better than normal. My time with my family was doing great.  I could still sense that my walk with God was less than the best.

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