History shows us that there was a time when men like Martin Luther sought to reform the church. Others like Barton W. Stone and Alexander Campbell sought to do the same. Why? The New Testament church was corrupted. Men taught their own doctrines and developed denominations. For example, one early denomination refused to let the word of God be translated from Greek or Latin into the language of the common man of the day because they would then be able to see for themselves just how corrupt the church had become. How could the exploitation of people continue if they discovered the truth?« Continue »
Don’t let your life slip away without living it to the fullest. The ability for us to think, learn and interact with one another is such an amazing thing. Use your time to think about eternal matters. Learn to love like Christ did then show others all that you’ve learned.« Continue »
Why I love the truth
I love truth because it can be communicated objectively. For example, while we may each have our own feelings about a song it is still communicated objectively. It is communicated through a mechanical process in which sound waves are generated at a certain wavelength or through written notes. How we feel about the sound or look of it has no bearing on whether or not it’s true, because truth does not change.
Why I love God
I love God because He is the truth. No matter what we may feel about Him, He does not change. God is the same in Texas, Colorado, South Africa, Australia, or where ever you may be. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, God is always the same. He can be discovered through the objective evidence found in the Holy Bible. It is masterfully written to objectively bring us into His presence so that we may be confident in our relationship with Him.
Why I love Jesus
I love Jesus because He is God. Jesus wasn’t lying when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” because He is God, and God is truth. The New Testament provides us the objective evidence we need to see in order to truly grasp the concepts on the level of the heart. Real stories about real people are as real as it gets. A real, live, living, breathing truth that we can put our hope in.
Please visit Searching For Truth to find out more about this wonderful gift that God has given to the world.
In His service,
Adam L. Huerta
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What do you pray about? Do you give thanks for the things that God has given you? For the well-being of you, your family and the brethren? Blessings over the food that has been prepared for dinner? What is it that you pray about?« Continue »
I can remember a handful of people in my life that, even though I met them but once, made a lasting impression on me by speaking a few kind words. I have always held them in the highest regard. Have you experienced that before? Maybe someone said just the right thing at the right moment and it burned itself into your mind permanently as a wonderful experience.« Continue »
Have you ever heard a story that was just so riveting, that you were pulled out of your chair into it? Or maybe it was a movie that you watched that you were so into that it didn’t even feel like it was three hours long. There’s just something about a good story that grabs your attention and keeps it.
There have been studies about how storytelling is actually one of the most effective ways of communication because it engages your brain in a way that simply being bombarded with “hard data” and “statistics” as in a traditional lecture. In a lecture-style type of class, only a small portion of the brain is activated, while in a story many areas of the brain are activated because it is engaged in all of the juicy sensory details that a good story has (Source). The greatest storytellers may not know the technical details about how your brain responds to stories, but they understand what it takes to “get you hooked.”
Speaking of great storytellers… Jesus Christ is the master storyteller. He revealed the truth about God through stories (called parables) and explained how men chose to interact with Him. Here’s one of those stories from Mark 4:3-8
“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.“Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil.“And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. “Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. “Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Later, in Mark 4:13-25, Jesus gives an explanation of this short story. He ends with the seed (the word of God) that was sown on the good soil and says that this represents the man who hears the word and accepts it. That man submits to the authority of God’s rule and lives faithfully for Him. Friend, are you the good soil? Do you fully submit to the authority of God in every part of your life?
Adam L. Huerta
One of my favorite things to do is to stare into the night sky. If I were asked to explain it in one phrase I would choose, “Limitless beauty.” I cannot help but feel like a child when I sit in wonder. I often recall the words of David:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1-3
Just think, how amazing must God be to have made the heavens with a word? How incredible is it that He created us in such a way that we can understand that there is a God and that He was the one that made the heavens? Just the fact that it is there for us to see speaks volumes. Everything dances together effortlessly across the universe, yet it seems to stand still in this moment. The knowledge of God is revealed in the infinitely beautiful cosmic dance. It is far beyond what our minds can fathom, yet it can be understood that He made it.
The next time you are standing under the night sky, stop and take a look. Raise your eyes up to the heavens and speak to God. “Almighty Creator, You created all of this.” Let your soul ascend to heavenly heights as you resonate with the truth of God’s word until it overflows with the joy of simply admiring Him in all of His glory.