God’s Love Lasts a Loooooong Time

If you’re ever feeling down or wondering whether God really loves you, here’s an awesome little Psalm to pray through.

See if you can spot the central theme. (Hint: It’s repeated a few times for people with brains like mine that tend to wander a bit.)

Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Love Your Enemies. Now. Seriously.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)

Think of the one person on this planet whom you despise more than anyone else. Here’s what Jesus says we should do about people like that:

Love them.
Pray for them.

What would happen if people actually took Jesus’ words seriously? Think we’d have less war? Fewer shootings in our neighborhoods?

Would You Rather …

Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:10)

Is the above true of you?

Would you rather spend one day in God’s house or thousands in the very best place this fallen world has to offer?

Or, put another way:

Fill Up. Do Good. Repeat.

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:8-10)

God Is God (And I’m Not)

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. (Luke 22:42)

If I’m brutally honest, my prayers often have this overall theme: “Not your will, God, but MINE.” They usually consist of two parts: (1) listing all the things that didn’t go my way that day and (2) asking God to make ’em go my way the next.

Naked In, Naked Out

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. (Job 1:21)

Whether you’re Warren Buffett, LeBron James, you or me, here’s exactly how much stuff we get to keep when we die:

Evil (In 100 Words or Less)

Got a deep, thorny, mind-boggling Bible question? Send it to getupwithgod@gmail.com and I’ll do my very best to answer it in 100 words or less.

Yesterday, we answered questions about Satan. Today, we delve into a related topic.

Here’s the question: Where does evil come from and why did God allow it in the first place?

A large-brained theologian named J.B. Phillips once said: “Evil is inherent in the risky gift of free will.” Norman Geisler said: “Whereas God created the fact of freedom, humans perform the acts of freedom. God made evil possible; creatures make it actual.”

Here’s what Jesus’ brother James said: