Luke 11:11-13 -- “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 -- Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
Practical atheists are people who are Christian in name, but act as if they don't know God. They may act kind, and be nice in public, but deep down they only do it for themselves and other humans. So, what does a Christian life look like? A Christian life is one that is changed because God is there.
Matthew 13:44 -- The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Sometimes we hang out with our friends who are particularly worldly, and we feel like we've been influenced by them. I certainly feel this a lot. When I get done hanging with some of my friends I feel gross, like I just went swimming in the sewer. After I long time with those friends I need time to regenerate, and readjust myself. This time is really important.
1 Corinthians 13:13 -- Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Colossians 2:12 - having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
Sometimes our prayers feel like the room at the top of this page: empty. I hear about powerful prayer all the time. Prayer causing healing, powerful revelations through prayer, and close encounters with God, but what about when these things don't happen?
Our physical image shows the world who we are, and what we represent. It is very important that we represent God in a good manner.
Exodus 3:5 -- "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you stand is holy ground.