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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. Does God exist? This is one of the most asked, most wondered about and generally most poorly answered questions in all of history. Could you answer someone today if they asked you?The most common answer is “well, you just have to believe by faith. You can’t really know for sure”. You’ve never seen God. You can’t touch God. You can’t “prove” God exists. So if you can’t “prove” it, then you can’t expect people to “blindly” believe in God. So everyone is left to “believe or not believe” that God exists; whatever you feel like without rhyme or reason.Isa 44.6 Thus […]
A Reader Asks: Do you have to have a certain understanding about Baptism, or the Trinity, or other church beliefs at …
Question:Do you have to have a certain understanding about Baptism, or the Trinity, or other church beliefs at the moment of salvation? The reason I ask, is that I’ve been asked to be RE-baptized because I was in a different church who teaches some doctrinal points of baptism differently… should a person be re-baptized if a church requires it for membership? Answer:First, let me tell you when I would answer that question “YES”:When a person was baptized as an infant. Infant baptism is not only unscriptural, it doesn’t even make sense. Salvation is between a human (mature enough to understand the Gospel message) and God. Babies can’t even say “Gospel” much less understand it. When a person was baptized in a church that does not […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Matthew 11.29-30 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”Have you ever contemplated the debilitating effects and burden that we willingly place on ourselves? Through our choice to enthrone our own will we embrace a ruthless taskmaster, a great burden of disappointment while the light and easy yoke of Christ is forsaken.Job 30.27 My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest…What is the price we pay for the privilege of being in bondage to pride and self concern?Constant worry about other’s opinion of you Stress and emotion […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (NKJV; emphasis mine) We are studying five primary goals of the Christian life, taking each goal in three steps of natural progression: knowledge (head), conviction (heart), and action (hands). All five goals are: Living Like Christ Proclaiming Christ Serving Like Christ Worshipping Christ Fellowship in ChristSo far we’ve learned that we must live like Christ and we must proclaim Christ. To demonstrate the authenticity of both, and to realize THE most fulfilling and God-pleasing life we attain, our next goal is to SERVE like Christ. In […]
2 John 10-11 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (NKJV) The Apostle John instructs the “Lady” (verse 2) that love and obedience are not sufficient in the absence of truth. She had practiced hospitality (love) in accordance with Christian commandment (obedience) but John tells her not to receive those who bring a false doctrine (truth).Love, obedience and truth are the three pronged criteria for balance in the Christian life. All three must exist.John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NKJV) Truth is what brings meaning and value to love and obedience. […]
“Open Season” where we take all your questions. Here are the blogs, and which types of answers will go on that blog: Riggs Family Blog (www.riggsfamilyblog.com) – our family, personal stuff Brent Riggs Blog (www.brentriggsblog.com) – professional topics (graphics, web development, writing), family, marriage, mentoring, ethics, teens, parenting, etc. SeriousFaith.com (www.seriousfaith.com) – Christian and Bible related MckLinky Blog (www.mcklinkyblog.com) – blogging, search engines, online business, blog improvement, blog graphic, blog photography, blog traffic, etc. I’m using the same entry form and list on all the blogs, so it doesn’t matter from which blog you enter the question. We try to answer as many as we can. If we didn’t get to a previous question, feel free to post it up again. I will spread out […]
Luke 10:20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)It’s great to be a Christian. There are so many things, so many blessings to be happy about. So many reasons to be thrilled about!God provides for us. Most people reading this devotional probably enjoy a “rich” lifestyle (and remember the Biblical definition of rich: having more than ONE day’s provision). We have PLENTY even though we typical WANT more. God blesses us materially, and for that we rejoice.God blesses us spiritually and emotionally. We have access to contentment, satisfaction, happiness and security in God. God watches over us, protects us and blesses […]
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