I grew up in the church. I have heard “The Beatitudes” read over and over again. Here is what they say: Matthew 5 NIV: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for […]Read More Thoughts on Justice and Persecution from the Beatitudes
Luke 12 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. I am very […]Read More Franklin Graham’s Response to Dr. Ford is Harmful to so Many!
John MacArthur and many people in his theological camp have released a statement about social justice. You can read it here: https://statementonsocialjustice.com. Any stance of social justice would come out of an individual or body of believer’s understanding of “the gospel”. This I believe is why MacArthur and the other signers have made it a […]Read More How Jesus’s View of the Gospel leads us to Social Justice
“We have no king but Caesar,” – John 19:15 These are the words that were spoken by Jewish religious leaders as they took Jesus from Pilate to be crucified. Jesus was the promised king. Their belief system taught of a king that would come and setup a kingdom that would last forever. Jesus was that […]Read More We Have no King but Caesar
So What About the Afterlife? I am excited about a generation of young adults who have been raised in the church and are questioning things that they don’t see lining up with the heart of God. Because of this, questions about the afterlife and hell have come up a lot in the last few years. […]Read More The Wrath of God and Death of Jesus – Part 4
The other day I wrote a post about the conversation with the older brother and father in the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”. You can read it here, if you haven’t yet. https://davidruybalid.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/burned-out-on-religion/ This was the passage that I was using: Luke 15 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So […]Read More The “Us and Them”Mentality
Over the past decade, my belief system on what we are called to do in the life we have here and now has changed. Many of you have heard me process this as I have spoken in churches, written songs, and have shared these stories. The idea that what we do now matters for eternity… […]Read More Food For The Hungry