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John 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. (NKJV) There once was a man who became a doctor after being healed himself of a terrible sickness. After getting well, he realized how many more sick people there were and desired with all his heart to become a doctor so he could go out and share medicine and health with the whole world. He realized that many people were so sick, and had been sick for so long, they didn’t even realize how sick they were. Often, when a doctor would say, “A cure has been purchased at a great price for you! All you have to do is [...]
A Reader Asks: What do you think about Rick Warren? He gets criticized but everything I’ve read or heard of his seems …
Question:What do you think about Rick Warren? He gets criticized but everything I’ve read or heard of his seems Biblical to me. Do you have any thoughts? Answer:I get hammered routinely for tackling controversy, and truthfully I get a little weary of it. This question opens up a topic I have been burdened to write about for quite a long time and I have hinted at it many times in the past. So here goes…In short, there are LOTS of “Christian” leaders, teachers and writers out there who are heretics and false teachers. If there was a nice way to say it, I would but that is just the plain and simple of it.Warren is not one of them. He is evidently sincere, no doubt [...]
A Reader Asks: If I confess to GOD about evil deeds that were commited long ago against people, will I be forgiven …
Question:If I confess to GOD about evil deeds that were commited long ago against people, will I be forgiven by God if there is no way to make amends for physical harm? Answer:That is the difference between the God of Christianity, and all other Gods. He can see into our hearts and is concerned first and foremost with our intentions, humility and motivations. If you are truly repentant of sins committed ANY time, God forgives them when you ask. Period. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV) If we have the OPPORTUNITY to make ammends, pay restitution or otherwise “make right” a wrong against another person, [...]
This is a little different for SeriousFaith, but I wanted to give readers here a chance to ask questions too. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will pick up on our series about “Having a Joy-Filled Life in Troubles Times.” We’ve been doing Open Season on Friday’s on the Riggs Family Blog for quite a while. I’ve decided that I’m going to do it every Friday now on all my blogs since I answer questions on all of them on a very wide range of topics: Riggs Family Blog (www.riggsfamilyblog.com) Brent Riggs Blog (www.brentriggs.com/blog/) SeriousFaith.com (www.seriousfaith.com) MckLinky Blog (www.mcklinkyblog.com) I’m using the same entry form and list on all the blogs, so it doesn’t matter which blog you enter the question from. We try to answer as [...]
Question: Brent, when did God create the angels where is it in the Bible? – – – – – – – – – The Bible doesn’t say specifically. We can safely say it was before OUR physical universe was created because Job tells us: Job 38:4-7 (emphasis mine): Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? We might pass that off as poetic language from a human, but since the Bible is inspired and these words are directly attributed [...]
Psalm 51:3 – For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. (NKJV)One of the evidences of authenticity about the Bible is that it never covers up the ugliness in its characters lives. David is perfect example.He is the only person in the Bible described as a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13.22). And yet there are some things about him that would curl your toenails: At times his children despised him – 2 Sam 6.16 His guilt at being a poor parent would cause him problems later – 2 Sam 18.33 He was living it up in luxury while his men were out fighting for the country – 2 Sam 11.1 He lusted after another man’s wife while her husband [...]
A Reader Asks: I’m going through a rough time in my marriage and I think my spouse wants a divorce and doesn’t want …
Question:I’m going through a rough time in my marriage and I think my spouse wants a divorce and doesn’t want to try anymore. My counselor said I should be saying “binding prayers” and binding Satan from our marriage. Something about that just doesn’t sit well with me. What do you think? Answer: Well, you’ve got a couple of issues in this question… what’s this “binding prayer” stuff? And what is my advice for you at this point in your marriage struggle? First the “binding” advice from your counselor… I’ve written on this before and frankly I get a little frustrated with “Christian counselors” who offer up such unBiblical and futile advice. As Christians, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The only way “Satan” comes [...]
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