Most of the Biblical creation organizations proclaim a young earth position as part of Biblical creation doctrine: Answers in Genesis, The Institute for Creation Research, and Creation Ministries International. Why? And, is this important? Does Young-Earth Creation Matter? — If Christians doubt what at first appears to be insignificant details of Scripture, then others may begin to look at the whole Bible differently, eventually doubting the central tenets of the Christian faith, namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Continue reading Does young earth versus old earth matter?
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:5) Someday, the same wonderful thing will happen to me. For a Christian, death is not something to be feared but something to be anticipated. I will be carried by angels into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 34:7; Psalm 91:11-12; Luke 16:22; Hebrews 1:14). This was demonstrated before (Genesis 23:1; 1 Continue reading In case of death
In the last days, people will prophecy. There will be godly prophecy and false prophecy. The Bible tells us not to despise prophecies, but test all things and hold fast to what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:219-21; 1 John 4:1-6) How can we determine the difference? God will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions (Joel 2:28). For false messiahs Continue reading How to test prophecy in the last days
Two extremes of Bible Study, random reading and rightly dividing Random Reading Randomly fan the pages of an open Bible and stick a pin in a random verse on a random page and sing this little ditty as you try to apply that verse for you today… This can’t be correct because the Bible contains the true and accurate accounts of many historical situations. The Bible contains quotations from God, angels, godly men and women, ungodly men and women, Satan, Continue reading A balanced look at “Rightly Dividing”
The word “cult” has many connotations and many definitions, from harmless fan clubs, to dangerous systems of religious beliefs and rituals. But, I think the best definition of a dangerous religious “cult” that should be avoided by Christians is… Exclusive. They may say, “We’re the only ones with the truth; everyone else is wrong; and if you leave our group your salvation is in danger.” Secretive. Certain teachings are not available to outsiders or they’re presented only to certain members, Continue reading Who is a cult?
I recently received this direct message about dealing with truth in response to a posting calling an action sin… Not judging anyone, I want to encourage people to love and good works. If someone is fat it may be the truth to call them fat but it won’t help them lose weight. In LOVE you must encourage them to eat right and exercise agreed? A time to be silent (Ecclesiastes 3) No, that is not right. If you don’t have Continue reading Speak the truth in love
This Biblical relationship checkup is designed to help couples in troubled relationships and dysfunctional relationships to discover what the Bible says about their relationship (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Armed with Biblical precepts, they can compare their relationship with Biblical concepts, and learn how God can restore their relationship (2 Corinthians 5:18). This can be done by a couple without any help, but it is much more profitable to have a loving, concerned, godly helper guide them through the process (Galatians 6:1). Continue reading Biblical relationship checkup
Sometime after writing to this fledgling church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul hears they are being thrown into confusion by fake news that the day of the Lord has already happened. After addressing the issue and reminding them of the doctrinal details, he concludes with this general exhortation to stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching they had received from him. We can benefit from these instructions too. Paul is concerned about the stability of this fledgling Continue reading Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and Continue reading Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)
Nine out of ten Christians will say that Jesus Christ is the King of their lives. Books have been written about it. Songs have been sung about it. Artwork has been made about it. But is he really the king of your life? Ask yourself who is in control? Do you act like you are the host of your life? Do you act like Jesus Christ is the guest in your life? Do you ask Jesus Christ to do your Continue reading Who is king of your life?