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Proverbs 10.19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. (NKJV) Whatever is in a person’s heart comes out of his mouth. It is generally true, that a person who always has to be the one talking; always the one being heard; always the one who’s opinion must be known; always the one drawing attention to themselves… typically is going to be a person of lesser, or little, spiritual maturity. Wow, that’s a pretty tough statement and even now I can anticipate the responses… “I talk a lot and have an opinion on everything, and I’m a VERY spiritually mature person”. Uh-huh. Now lest I play the hypocrite, I will admit, as a teacher, and having […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:2-4 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (NKJV) Let’s review our major points so far (emphasis mine in all following Bible verses):Life is tough simply because we live in a fallen, sin-cursed world. (Gen 3) We frequently suffer because of the consequence of our own sin. (Gal 6.7-9) The Bible contains ALL the answers we need concerning adversity. (Psalms 19; 2Tim 3.16-17; 2Pet 1.1-3) We are not in control of life. (Habukkuk 3.17-18) If you walk in the Spirit, God will […]
When I read stories like the one below, I often wonder if I would have the same faith as this young girl. By accepting Christ, she KNEW she would most likely be beaten, rejected by all including mother and father, ridiculed, maybe tortured and face probable death. It’s not exactly a secret in “peace loving” Muslim countries that conversion to Christ never goes unpunished in varying degrees, often including imprisonment, poverty and death. It does us (Western/American Christians) good to read and contemplate this kind of faith and sacrifice. I often hear back “oh, that’s too gory and awful. I can’t read something like that. You’re glorifying violence.” How naive. How insulting to both Christ and this young martyr. Christians should REGULARLY read the accounts […]
A Reader Asks: Does Jesus say that a homosexual will not enter into Heaven? I have read in Romans 1:26-32 also 1Cor …
Question:Does Jesus say that a homosexual will not enter into Heaven? I have read in Romans 1:26-32 also 1Cor 6.9 concerning homosexuality. But Jesus only speaks to us in the four gospels, doesn’t he, so therefore Jesus did not say that a homosexual wouldn’t enter into Heaven. Am I right? Answer:This questions has lots of “mini” questions embedded in it, so let me see if I can dissect them. First, you state that Jesus only speaks to us in the Gospels. NO, you are wrong. Jesus does NOT only speak to us in the four Gospels. Jesus directly and physically speaks in Acts and Revelation as well as the Gospels. However, the foundation of the question is wrong to begin with. The entire Bible is, […]
A Reader Asks: If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved, can they lose their salvation …
Question:If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved, can they lose their salvation if they sin? In other words will they go to hell if they slip and say a curse word, or lie or gossip? Answer:This question is indicative of a couple misunderstandings, and addresses one of the most contentious disagreements that Christians have had since the New Testament was written. So let’s take a look at each part of the question. “If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved”The phrase “receive Christ as personal Savior” is not found in Scripture. While that doesn’t necessarily make it wrong, it should cause us to evaluate such a widespread use of it. Jesus and […]
James 1:9-11 – Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. (NKJV; emphasis mine) I love this verse. It turns our whole world on it’s head. The lowly person exalted, the rich humbled. That’s not some class warfare statement, it’s a statement about people having an eternal perspective on things and realizing that in eternity, what makes people of high status on this earth means nothing, and what forces people to low status […]
The Statue of Kiderty We are driving down the road on my birthday and Hannah says to the other kids, “let’s sing happy birthday to Dad!”. Everyone breaks out in song… I keep looking in my mirror and I see Landis staring, frozen, mouth open as wide as he can, bug-eyed… not moving, not moving, still not moving. After the song is over I ask “Landis, what in world are you doing? How come you didn’t sing happy birthday?” “Because I’m a statue Dad.” Well aren’t I the dummy. Speaking of Dummies Hannah (our 11 yr old from Ethiopia) is still learning alot of American ways and seeing many things for the first time. She was helping me put together something and noticed little stickers […]
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