What was it like…

…to be present on the first day of Creation? By Edward Thal. If you have invited Jesus Christ into your life you have had a taste of that extraordinary event, and if you have ever prayed with someone who encountered the living Jesus Christ for the first time you have witnessed an element of the creation day all over again! …

What Is One Soul Worth?

By Edward Thal / From the Bible description of the trials and sufferings of Jesus Christ, it seems that your soul is worth a lot to God. According to Philippians 2:7-8, He went so far as to lay aside His reputation and become a servant “made in the likeness of men.” Then He humbled Himself further and became obedient to …

Does Pilate Represent You?

By Edward Thal / The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate provide a fascinating glimpse of the intersection between two forces that have been in conflict since Adam was driven from Eden: worldly wisdom, temporal power, and spiritual blindness on the one hand, and spiritual reality and authority on the other. The stark contradictions at play in this …

The Glory in the Temple

By Edward Thal / Many Christians go to church on Sunday with entirely the wrong attitude: they drag all of their burdens in with them, looking for some relief from God. But Old Testament worship provides a hint as to what God requires: When His people approached the Temple in Jerusalem it was always with a sacrifice in their hands. The …

Let’s Talk About Hell

By Edward Thal / It’s not a very popular subject. The mere mention of the word in preaching or witnessing often draws a strong reaction from unbelievers along the lines of, “You Christians are so negative—always talking about hell!” The truth is, we probably don’t talk about it enough. Seeker-sensitive churches virtually ban the word and it is an infrequent …

Why All Your Excuses Won’t Help On Judgment Day

By Edward Thal / Enjoying a relationship with God is not difficult. The difficult part is deciding that you want a relationship with God. Most people don’t. It’s not that they are unbelievers; there’s overwhelming acknowledgement, everywhere, of some form of deity who is sought for help and favors. But this begs the question: if most people believe in the …