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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 […]
A Reader Asks: Can you tell me what the Bible means when it says women “shall be saved by childbearing”?
Question:Can you tell me what the Bible means when it says women “shall be saved by childbearing”? Answer:The verse referred to in the question is 1Timothy 2.15:Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. Remember, the Bible is unique in that it interprets itself. Being God’s Word, it cannot (and never) contradicts itself. For this verse, it’s helpful to rule out first what it CAN NOT mean.It CAN NOT mean that a woman receives eternal salvation by having children. This contradicts the most basic and core essentials of Christianity in that salvation is found through nothing else, and by no one else, except faith in the atoning sacrifice of the Person of Jesus Christ.The actual […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Ps. 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him; imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow. We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. `No man can come to me,’ said our […]
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (NKJV)Jesus is amazing. And THAT is the understatement of the century. What can be discovered about the Lord is limited only to the amount of time and effort you want invest.In less than half a dozen verses in Colossians, chapter 1, we find that Jesus is the superior Being of the Universe, subordinate only to God the Father, but in all ways equal to Him (trying to get a handle on that fact alone will shrivel a few brain cells!). It is a testimony to the Apostle Paul’s incredible writing skills inspired by the Holy Spirit that so much truth can be encapsulated in such a few number of words.As […]
Colossians 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (NKJV)A true servant only finds completeness through His master. The servants strength, resources, authority and fulfillment comes by the Master, through the Master and for the Master. Every human longs for completeness; the filling of that hole, that “want”, that missing part of us, that “void” the vast majority of people will never fill – but not for lack of trying (money, fame, sex, drugs, recreation, achievement, religion, etc.). In the movie, “Jerry Maguire”, Jerry had the right concept, but the wrong person. In a famous line that has become part of movie lore, Tom Cruise playing “Jerry Maguire” tells his girl, “you complete me”. He was saying […]
People often ask me what is personal development. Simple, it’s merely the exercise of becoming a better person on all levels. For most, this is some vague idea that each day they are just getting gooder. Unfortunately, human nature as it is, by default, people become more selfish, more manipulative, more deceitful as experience and knowledge makes it easier to pursue our own advantage and agenda while convincing ourselves otherwise. To truly engage in positive personal development, we have to specifically plan. We look at the basic areas of our lives, and we set a goal or destination. That goal is then used to filter our daily choices and behavior. The major areas of life are: Spiritual Relationships Education Health Finance[TIPJAR] Do you have goals […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Corinthians 13:4-5 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (NKJV) Seventeen times in the New Testament you come across the phrase “do you not know?”. Those four words carry with them all sorts of possible implications and unspoken commentary:You should know this! I can’t believe you don’t know this! Are you kidding me, you should know better! I […]
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