Influence & Control

A Christian's loyalty ultimately rests in God. A Christian recognizes God's sovereignty in their lives over human governments, administrations, organizations, or any other form of authority. Throughout history this has placed God's followers at odds with many of man's institution. Worldly men are always striving for influence over other men. Whether it is through social status, governmental institutions, or religious authority men are always placing themselves in a position where they are able to exert influence and control over others. 

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Doubting Thomas

Until recently, I always wondered why Thomas would not believe. Here was Jesus, the Son of God. Thomas spent over three years listening to Jesus explain truths concerning His Father, His death, and His resurrection. Thomas watched as five loaves and two fish feed five thousand men plus women and children. Was he not the one in John 11 who was willing to die with Christ, proving a level of commitment to Him and to His word.

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Is There Sin?

In Jesus' trial before Pilate, the apostle John quotes the Roman governor, "What is truth?"  Though uttered nearly two thousand years ago Pilate's question resonates in contemporary Western culture.   Previous generations considered truth absolute:  "true for all people in all places for all times."[1]  Absolute truth is objective which means it stands apart from individual opinion or experience.  However, contemporary culture believes truth is relative or subjective.  The individual is empowered to define right and wrong as they see fit without any external influences such as the Bible.  A culture that embraces relative truth leaves its participants asking, "What is truth?" 

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