The Root of the Problem (Part 12): Not Filling Our Lives With Good Things

Something that we all have in common is that we each have the same number of hours in a day. While we often think that we do not have as much time as others, the reality is that we have chosen to fill our lives with those things which take up our time – either [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 11): Curiosity

While Paul was in Athens waiting for Silas and Timothy to meet up with him, he spent his time talking with the people of the city about Jesus and the resurrection. Some of the philosophers with whom he spoke took him to the Aeropagus (Mars Hill) in order to hear more about this new teaching. [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 10): Materialism

We live in a materialistic society. So apparent is this reality that I believe examples need not be given. As Christians we must be careful that we do not follow after the world in this regard. Paul gives us a sobering warning about having a materialistic attitude: “If we have food and covering, with these [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 9): Impatience

Our culture has long promoted the “instant gratification” mindset. We do not want to wait, we want to have our desires realized now. We have credit cards to buy things for which we have yet to earn the money to pay for them. No down payment home loans allow us to move into our own [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 8): Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can be a very strong influence for sin. School-aged children are taught to overcome peer pressure and to not follow the crowd when their friends are doing things that they should not do. But despite the continual admonitions, many children ignore these warnings and do what is wrong so that they can fit [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 7): Arrogance

The Bible plainly labels arrogance as a sin. James tells us that “God is opposed to the proud” (James 4:6). The Proverb writer lists pride as one of the things which the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17). Arrogance is often mentioned in lists of sins – the sins of the Gentiles (Romans 1:30), those which Paul [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 6): Rebellion

A rebel is one who acts against authority. Such action can be good when those who are in authority are corrupt and oppose God (Acts 5:29). But those who refuse to submit to such authorities are not simply being rebellious. They are acting in submission to the higher authority – God. But there are some [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 5): Deception

An effective tactic used by the devil is deception. Jesus calls him the “father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan used deception to first introduce sin in the beginning. This threat continues even today. “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 4): Ignorance

Laws are often violated by those who do not know that they are breaking a law. In these cases, a transgression is made, regardless of the offender’s knowledge of the statute. It is not uncommon for one to claim that he was unaware of the law he was breaking. Even if this is true, he [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 3): We Fail to See Sin for What It Is

The world in which we live has a distorted perception of sin. In our society, sin is mocked, disregarded, ignored, and even glorified. But the word of God presents a very different perspective. Sin is likened to darkness (John 3:19-20) and cancer (2 Timothy 2:17). Sin enslaves us (Romans 6:17,20). We are told very plainly [...]