Spirituality: A Necessity

Spirituality: A Necessity

Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have spiritual life and energy, we must have actual intercourse with our heavenly Father. Our minds may be drawn out toward Him; we may meditate upon His works

Matthew 4: The Mechanics of Faith (Part 2)

Matthew 4: The Mechanics of Faith (Part 2)

When Christ encountered the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, He was merely participating in the physical manifestation of an invisible conflict which has raged unabated throughout the universe for the past 6,000 years. This was (and is) a conflict between the government of God and the rebellion of Satan, between two competing world-views vyi

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Problematic Prayers As I was reading about the Prosperity Gospel[1] and how the Christian message is being distorted into an individualistic, selfish mantra for personal gain and growth, it occurred to me that this happens because of a misunderstanding of the Person and purposes of the Spirit of God, the mishandling of the Word of God, and/or a pra

Blessings from Heaven (Part 2)

Blessings from Heaven (Part 2)

The Sermon on the Mount is Heaven’s benediction to the world—a voice from the throne of God. (E.G. White, Preface to Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. vii.1)   Jesus opened his mouth and taught them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).   These words fell as a shock on the ears

I Know the Thoughts

I Know the Thoughts

The Word of God is a powerful sword; however, it does not cut to wound us, but to heal us. The Word seeks to bring healing to our lives, even when we turn to God in the midst of negative situations we may have brought upon ourselves. I remember that before I became a Christian, I lived a life of chaos—causing problems at home, being the class clown

Matthew 4: A Question of Trust

Matthew 4: A Question of Trust

Over the past 6,000 years, the great controversy between Christ and Satan has been fought with one supreme objective in mind: the allegiance of all created beings. However, because all intelligent beings were created by God as free moral agents, one’s allegiance is fundamentally determined by who they trust. This article will therefore explore the

Being Single

Being Single

I have been single most of my life. I have had the privilege of meeting different people, and have experienced different intensities of relationships with them–from the straight "No, not in this lifetime, not if you were the last man alive," to the "Let’s give this a shot," to the ones I thought were good looking, but an absolute "No chance but hey

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

In an earlier post, I shared my experience as a Freshman at Stanford University coming into contact with a world of questions and, consequently, seeking to find and give a reason for the hope that I had in Christ. In future posts, I’ll engage with some of those questions and unpack how I discovered that Adventism speaks to them, but first, a confes