Sin: The Dark Guest — Dewayne Bryant

One Puritan prayer calls sin “the dark guest.” In this prayer, the author is brutally honest with himself, admitting, “I am not yet weaned from all created glory, honour, wisdom, and esteem of others, for I have a secret motive to eye my name in all I do.” He prays for “a discovered sinfulness, to […] … Continue reading Sin: The Dark Guest — Dewayne Bryant

Can God Forget Our Sins? — Dewayne Bryant

Theologians describe God as omniscient, meaning “all-knowing.” But the biblical authors occasionally state that God remembers someone or that he will not remember our sins (Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17). Does this mean God can make himself forget something? Scripture sometimes depicts God as remembering someone, such as Noah (Genesis 8:1), Rachel (Genesis […] … Continue reading Can God Forget Our Sins? — Dewayne Bryant

The Difference Between Concern and Anxiety — Dewayne Bryant

All of us have concerns about things that happen in our world. The apostle Paul had them in his day. His ministry included numerous hazards. He also expressed deep concerns about the churches under his care (2 Corinthians 11:28). But later he says, “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6). Is Paul contradicting himself? And was […] … Continue reading The Difference Between Concern and Anxiety — Dewayne Bryant

Characteristics of Toxic People — Dewayne Bryant

People come in all shapes and sizes with many different kinds of dispositions. Some encourage; others criticize. Some build up; others tear down. Some will go the extra mile for you; others couldn’t care less. We all know people from many different parts of the spectrum. We learn how to observe and evaluate people early […] … Continue reading Characteristics of Toxic People — Dewayne Bryant

Can We Love a God We Fear? — Dewayne Bryant

Aristotle once said, “one cannot love whom he fears.” The Bible claims that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7), yet also that, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). So which is it? Do we love God, or fear him? Basic […] … Continue reading Can We Love a God We Fear? — Dewayne Bryant

Marijuana Isn’t That Bad … — Dewayne Bryant

Marijuana has been legalized in over thirty states. Many users tout its alleged benefits, while others denounce it as harmful and even dangerous. While the legal debate is over, how should Christians treat the use of marijuana? Is it just a harmless recreational drug, or is it sinful to use? The Bible has many prohibitions […] … Continue reading Marijuana Isn’t That Bad … — Dewayne Bryant

Did Zacchaeus Purchase His Salvation? — Dewayne Bryant

In Luke 19:1-10 we find the well-known story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. Unable to see because of the crowd, the tax collector climbs up into a sycamore tree to get a better look at Jesus. To the surprise of the people gathered there, Jesus tells Zacchaeus that he must spend time at his house […] … Continue reading Did Zacchaeus Purchase His Salvation? — Dewayne Bryant

Did Jesus Deny His Goodness? — Dewayne Bryant

In a famous story in the Synoptics, a rich young ruler comes to visit Jesus. He asks, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). Jesus responds, “Why do you call me good?” (Mark 10:17; Luke 18:19). At first glance, it appears as if Jesus is creating a distinction between God […] … Continue reading Did Jesus Deny His Goodness? — Dewayne Bryant

Egypt and the Exodus — Dewayne Bryant

The early chapters of Exodus are some of the most exciting in the Bible. Not only do they record the action-pack story of the Hebrew departure from Egypt, but they also feature numerous connections between ancient Egyptian culture and the Hebrew Bible. Let’s explore some of them. The Pharaoh who Knew Not Joseph. The pharaoh … Continue reading Egypt and the Exodus — Dewayne Bryant