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Note: this is a guest post from my friend Steve Cummings. You can write to him at: email@example.com In the movie “Talledega Nights”, Ricky Bobby played by Will Farrell, is sitting around the table with his family and he’s praying to “dear sweet baby Jesus.” His wife says to him, “Honey, you do know that the baby Jesus did grow up to be an adult don’t you?” He replies, “I like the baby Jesus best.” Why do so many people like the baby Jesus more than the adult Jesus? I think I know why. I think it’s because baby Jesus makes no demands and doesn’t threaten their agenda. Adult Jesus demands one’s life. (Colossians 4:4.) The nativity scene is very deceptive to our understanding of who Jesus was […]
A Reader Asks: How could Satan sin? There is no sin in heaven, right? But, after he did sin, why did God allow him …
Question:How could Satan sin? There is no sin in heaven, right? But, after he did sin, why did God allow him to live and create all the pain and suffering that he does? Does that mean that Adam and Eve didn’t commit the first sin? Wasn’t Satan the one who committed the first sin? Answer:First of all, since the Bible does not specifically give direct, black-and-white answers to this, we tread carefully to ponder the answers. Let me walk through your questions, one by one:Yes, Satan was an angel. He was the head angel, a super-arch angel, the greatest of all God’s creation (Ezekial 28). He was the perfection of wisdom and beauty and lived directly in God’s presence as His anointed cherub.Satan (Lucifer) became […]
We have two problems today: 1) people being encouraged to follow unreasonable dreams, and 2) people having their reasonable dreams doubted by others. Problem 1: Fantasies First, the idea you can "be anything you want" or "do anything you want" if you "just believe in yourself" is utter self-esteem, fanciful nonsense. I'll never be an NBA player or a world class pianist. No amount of positive self talk or "rah-rah" is going to change that. A reasonable is something that pushes you beyond what you have ever done but not towards something you are incapable of doing. We don't do ourselves or those we influence any favors by encouraging them to pursue an unrealistic for the sake of "feel good about yourself" or "follow your […]
Maker and Sustainer of all things: Day and night are Yours; heaven and earth declare Your Glory. I am a creature made through Your power and riches, but I have sinned against you by resisting the conviction of my conscience; ignoring the demands of your law and the call of Your Gospel; but I am fortunate to live in the era of grace and mercy.Deliver me from worldly tendencies, for I am born of God and destined for Glory. Fix my gaze and desire on Holiness as the source of beauty and dignity for my soul.Let me be always on guard and never lose my assurance or fail to put on my spiritual armor when living in this evil world. Make me ready for every […]
A Reader Asks: I work with people who drink. We occassionally have office parties or events where alcohol is served. …
Question:I work with people who drink. We occassionally have office parties or events where alcohol is served. As a Christian, is it a sin for me to have a drink? Answer:Well, first of all let’s answer the age-old obvious question: is it a sin for a Christian to consume alcohol?While there are plenty of good and practical reasons it is smart, and safer, NOT to drink at all, it cannot be stated that the Bible says it is categorically a sin to drink alcohol. In fact, the Bible lists wine as one of God’s blessings to man:Psalm 104:13-15 He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, […]
A reader asked: Why would God send ANYONE to hell? He is the Good Shepherd. He has unimaginable love for EVERYONE, especially those who are lost. Doesn’t it hurt Him? Does He send anyone who is truly sorry for their sins, even after they died? I know you really can’t answer these questions in full knowledge, but I’d like your take anyhoo. – – – – – – – – – – – – – - Why would God send anyone to hell? First of all, God doesn’t send people to hell; people choose hell. They choose hell by rejecting the free gift of eternal life on God’s terms. For those who want eternal life on their own terms, rejecting their Creator, they choose hell […]
The Bible is clear that in the last days there will be a falling away, a deception… all serious Christians should be alert and able to discern the dilution of Biblical Christianity with the religion and popularity of the world. Here’s are some excerpts from a very concerning article. Millions of Christians have a “awww, what’s the big deal?” attitude towards this sort of stuff when it should make all your spiritual alarms howl. Rick Warren and Joel Osteen acquiesce to Oprah Is there no end to the lack of spiritual discernment within the Christian community? Even some of our Church leaders are showing a startling lack of discernment. And if we can’t trust our leaders to help us stay on the straight and narrow path, […]
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