I was teaching a Sunday School class for teenagers recently and mentioned in passing that God sings and when we sing we reflect part of his character. I received a number of confused looks from the teens present. Now my lesson wasn’t specifically on that point and my mention of it was by way of illustration, so I moved on. However, I think I’m going to revisit that briefly with them soon to help them see this important truth better. In addition, my other thought was that other Christians may have never heard this either, so here is a verse which demonstrates God as singing. Continue reading
Below is an article from Breakpoint on recent developments in the identification and dating of Jesus’ tomb. While it’s not definitive, it certainly provides some interesting insight and demonstrates how technology is aiding the archeological research of Christian history. Continue reading
1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Peter addresses his first epistle to the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”. There is a long debate over the relationship with God’s sovereign election and mankind’s free will. A related discussion is the aspect of “foreknowledge” as helping reconcile the two. The argument goes like this: God looked into the future and saw who would believe on Jesus as savior. He then elected those persons to salvation. This is an valiant attempt to bring election and free will together, but it fails under closer scrutiny. Here’s why. Continue reading