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  • A Reader Asks: I am at a loss for words as to what to say. I feel like such a fool. A selfish fool for how I respond …

    Question:I am at a loss for words as to what to say. I feel like such a fool. A selfish fool for how I respond suffering. I feel so ashamed, so ridiculous and almost overwhelmed with my selfish, self consumed self. I wonder why I am this way. I am disgusted I am this way. I fear I will make my kids this way. What is the balance? How are you real but still have faith in God especially when you are suffering and when God doesn’t seem to make sense. I wish I were different with different attitudes and reactions in good and bad circumstances, being a righteous example for my children. Man do I feel like a failure. Man am I afraid to […]

  • Discernment Definition – Part 2

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (NKJV; emphasis mine) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)A lack of discernment in Christianity today is the root of myriad problems and distractions. This lack of discernment makes it brutal, almost impossible at times, to discuss some of the silliness and false teaching that is prevalent. The sheer numbers of people engaged in it give credibility to: “if so many other people believe it, it must be right.” Like so many other things in Christianity, we have a double standard on logic about this. On the one hand we would never say, “millions […]

  • Perilous Times

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (NKJV)In the last days, good will be called evil and evil will be called good. Mankind will have a “form” of godliness but it will be false because their hearts will be so wicked they won’t even recognize how evil their behavior is. Who would deny that in general even professing Christians are typically tolerant of an […]

  • Random Thoughts – Feb 18, 2010

    Woe Is Me As I’m out and about traveling or at public places I love to listen to what people are talking about. Not the specifics or the “juicy details” but just the overall tone and tenor of the average conversation. What I’ve noticed over the years, in America, is this: The farther we get away from our Christian roots/worldview and the more we become a humanistic government controlled society, the more we become a nation of complainers, criticizers and malcontents: the government isn’t doing enough (that’s “code” for they aren’t taking enough money from others and giving it to me); my health is terrible; people aren’t treating me right; I don’t make enough money; life is hard. Of course 99.9% of the people declaring […]

  • A Reader Asks: Is it unholy to eat pork due to the passages in the King James version of the bible? Are there any …

    Question:Is it unholy to eat pork due to the passages in the King James version of the bible? Are there any verses that state that pork is okay to eat? Answer:There are verses in the Bible which tell us that the Old Testament food requirements are no longer applicable nor is it wrong to consume food that has been associated with “sin” (idolatry, false religion) unless is causes a fellow Christian to stumble.Concerning the removal of dietary constraints (all foods are now permissible; there are no “unclean” foods):Acts 10:9-16 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but […]

  • A Form of Godliness – Boastful, Proud, Blaspheming – Part 3

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Timothy 3.1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be… lovers of themselves unthankful brutal lovers of money unholy despisers of good boasters unloving traitors proud unforgiving headstrong blasphemers slanderers haughty disobedient to parents without self-control lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God … having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! Do you find your Christian walk to be feeble and frail? Perhaps true Godliness has been robbed from you through one of these behaviors. Today, we will look at the next three: boasters, proud and blasphemers. All three in essence say: Look at me! Look […]

  • A Reader Asks: If there is no sin in Heaven, how did Satan sin against God?

    Question:If there is no sin in Heaven, how did Satan sin against God? Answer:Depends on who you ask….A Christian of the Calvinist persuasion would say that like all things, Satan’s sin was foreordained by God and part of God’s plan. While God did not “cause” Satan to sin, all things fall under God’s sovereignty and omnipotence and nothing happens except what God has ordained to occur. Nothing can happen the God hasn’t predestined and sovereignly orchestrated… but it’s not God’s fault Satan sinned.A non-Calvinist would probably answer that very simply, angels were created with free will. Satan used his freewill and chose prideful rebellion. This theory assumes that God’s created beings (angel and humans) have free will and choice.What do we know that is plainly […]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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