This final presentation in our series, Making Life Easier, is about a paradoxical statement Jesus made. He said his yoke was easy and his burden light. Yokes limit freedom and are for hard work. Burdens are heavy. That’s what the words mean. What did Jesus mean? How do we understand the paradox?
This presentation is an explanation showing how to derive the biblical intent of the Bible story about Jonah. Many people today, including some who profess Christianity, don’t believe it happened. The debate is like noise that distracts us from what God is telling us in the biblical record.
It is so easy to misunderstand someone. And that is why we are adding Communication to our series, Making Life Easier. When we are misunderstood or misunderstand, things can get tangled and relationships damaged. Learn some vital tools to communicate and understand others so that life is easier.
It probably wouldn’t come as a surprise that life is harder on us if we believe that we are better or worse than others. Is there a view of self that would make life easier? This part of our series, Making Life Easier, Self-View, digs into this vital issue.
In this series, Making Life Easier, we have covered topics that are strategies for making life easier, such as problem-solving and personal organization. For the remainder, we will cover more character based topics, the first of which is Mildness. Jesus, we are told, was mild. What do you know about being mild?
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes, that one of the few things in which we can find true satisfaction is our work. This squares with psychological research. People are happier when they are doing work that makes a contribution to a greater good. In other words, contributing makes life easier.
God tells us in his word that he will send “New Jerusalem” to us. His description of it in Revelation 21-22 is so different it’s difficult to comprehend. Can we learn anything about New Jerusalem by studying the Jerusalem of the past? This presentation explores Jerusalem from the past to discover more about her future.
What does God want us to learn from Bible prophecy? It’s quite likely Christians in every generation since Christ’s death have believed he would return in their life-times. And, so far, they have all been wrong. What is the purpose for Bible Prophecy, then, if it’s not to know when Christ will return?
God promised, in the Old Testament, to grant anyone who wants it a new heart, a heart that willing conforms to God’s ways, a heart like God’s heart. Int this presentation, A New Heart, we see that the Holy Days of God also predict this mass change in humanity. “Come and see” how it will work.
Most of the theology schools have made an energetic effort to convince people that the Kingdom of God is the Church. They tell us that everything written by John in the Book of Revelation is nothing but aMost of the theology schools have made an energetic effort to convince people that the Kingdom of God is the Church. They tell us that everything written by John in the Book of Revelation is nothing but a metaphor showing the work of the Church in the world. Still, the idea that Jesus Christ will literally return to the earth and establish a literal kingdom is in the Bible and many people believe he will do exactly that.
metaphor showing the work of the Church in the world. Still, the idea that Jesus Christ will literally return to the earth and establish a literal kingdom is in the Bible and many people believe he will establish God's Kingdom on Earth.
One of the topics Jesus emphasized many ways was that of preparedness. When we are ready for what comes next, life gets easier. Jesus talked about spiritual preparedness Consider the importance in this presentation, Making Life Easier - Part 5 - Spiritual Preparedness.
This series, Making Life Easier, is about things often overlooked, such as the topic of this presentation, personal organization. When we don’t have a plan, it creates anxiety in us. Anxiety makes life harder. Getting organized is hard for some people, so we have some thoughts on getting organized the easy way in this presentation.
Life is hard enough without making it harder on ourselves. This series, Making Life Easier, provides strategies and tools, so we don’t inadvertently make it harder. These approaches are not no-brainer’s, like “don’t steal,” or “tell the truth,” but deal with real but less understood issues. The first in the series, Making Life Easier, is called Taking the Long View. It’s about the Bible teaching on foresight. Have you ever seen any Christian literature or a sermon on this topic?
The Apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament biblical festivals are “shadows of things to come.” The Feast of First Fruits, gives away the shadow meaning of this Festival in God’s plan. While it was a harvest festival in ancient times, today it is a festival picturing God’s harvest of children for his Kingdom. Jesus founded the Church of God in the New Testament on that same festival (called Pentecost in the New Testament). What do each of the other festivals foreshadow? Not surprisingly, all of them have Jesus Christ stamped all over them.
Self-control in modern culture has gone out of style. It’s not often seen as a solution to our problems. Moderns would rather blame them on heredity, or parents, or the political party we are not a part of, or the culture itself. The Bible, however, offers a different view. There we are told that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit of God in us. In practical terms, what does that mean in a Christian’s daily life?
Is meekness weakness? Or is it strength? Jesus was meek. But no one thinks he was weak. How is it that meekness is a way of being strong? We examine this issue a biblical perspective in Fruit of the Spirt -Part 9- Meekness.
Most would say we observe the Passover to commemorate Christ’s death. Since we are asking what’s most important, it’s acceptable to ask, “Why?“ What’s behind Christ’s sacrifice? This presentation probes some more profound elements of God’s design, things that help us understand more about Christ’s sacrifice and what comes our way from it.
One of the fruit of the Spirit which Paul mentioned in Galatians 5 was faithfulness, an easy thing for God—faithful is what God is It’s a part of his nature, he remains steady, committed, enduring, honest, ever-present with us. We, on the other hand...