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To my readers:I am starting a new feature on the Devotional called “Serious Answers“. The regular devotional will still be there. This will be an addition.Many people write and ask questions each week. They cover a wide variety of topics and interests. So I am providing a way for those questions to be submitted, and the answers will be published, a few at a time, in the Devotionals each day (they will also be available on my website and message boards; www.seriousfaith.com)I thought I would jumpstart the process today by simply asking you if you have any questions you want to submit. It can be about anything relating to Christianity…. the meaning of a certain Scripture a question about a doctrine an inquiry about Christian [...]
A prayer for things we never want Most Merciful God, May I never forsake learning Truth;May I never get too comfortable or too involved with my doctrinal convictions that I fail to proclaim and advance the simple and plain Gospel message of eternal life; May I never be complacent about sin or worldliness; or quit caring about living a serious, righteous and holy life. May I never come to depend on my own wisdom, convictions or impulses; but instead lean on You for strength and direction. May I never stop believing that Your Grace is sufficient in all areas of life; or forget to turn immediately to You whether in seasons of trouble or blessing.May I never fail to gaze only at You both in [...]
A Reader Asks: How appropriate would it be to replace the word “LAW” with the word “WORD” in scripture? The word “LAW” …
Question:How appropriate would it be to replace the word “LAW” with the word “WORD” in scripture? The word “LAW” generally has an adverse effect on the mind, like we are living under the law of the old testament. The word “WORD” is less threatening and better understood by modern day terms. Answer:It wouldn’t be appropriate at all to replace “Law” with “Word”. First of all, we should never “adjust” God’s Word simply because it’s not “user friendly” in a given culture. But more importantly, the “Word” and the “Law” are not one and the same so you cannot interchange the two words completely and remain faithful to Scripture.The “Word” is every word the proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt 4.4) whether inspired writing (the [...]
A Reader Asks: What is the difference, or is there a difference, between “regeneration” and “born again”?
Question:What is the difference, or is there a difference, between “regeneration” and “born again”? Answer:Well I wish I could come up with some really deep, impressive sounding answer, but the plain answer is “no”, there is no difference between the two terms.Both terms mean the same thing: it is the supernatural recreation of the eternal spirit inside of the man who responds sincerely (only God knows whether a person is sincere) in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.In our conversation we might have different mental pictures: born again is a whole person becoming a new person; regenerated sometimes is talked about as the “heart” being made new. But these are just different ways to say the same thing: the eternal entity in man no [...]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)I am often asked by new, casual, lukewarm or struggling Christians “what are the basics of being a Christian?” I understand where they are coming from. Sometimes we just need some direction, some instructions… something we can get our mind around that is easy to understand so that we can begin to make real changes in our life.For the new Christian, these are obviously things they have never known. For others who may profess Christ, but show no signs of Him in their life, maybe they have never been taught [...]
While we are gone on Abby’s Make A Wish trip, I still want to post on the blog but I’ll do short posts instead of long ones. I would love to answer some questions for you since they are usually great for short quick posts. What questions do you have about faith, the Bible, the Christian life, God, heaven, spiritual growth or anything that matters eternally? You would be doing me a big favor if you could leave question or two. It would give me something to write about without having to develop longer instruction-type content. Blessings! ~Brent PS: WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR ME? Ask here. Want to book me for preaching, speaking or business consulting? Go here. If you are blessed by what [...]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (NKJV) Yesterday we looked at what leadership is, and who it applies to. Today we will begin to discuss the characteristics of a Godly leader. A Leader First and Foremost Is Concerned about the Things of God It is obvious that a Godly leader must first of all be concerned about the things of God. A Godly leader’s faith is not simply a part of his life, it is his entire life and everything else revolves around his faith and emanates from his faith. While it is true that every Christian should be a “man (or woman!) after God’s own heart,” it is [...]
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