Many different denominations, sects, and cults have different definitions of who is a Christian. But, let’s look at what the Bible says, starting with the exciting times in Acts when the church was brand new. First time disciples are called Christian Some of the believers who were scattered by the trouble that broke out following Stephen’s death went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and the city of Antioch. They spoke God’s word only to Jewish people. But other believers, who Continue reading Who is a Christian?
On the popular PBS Antiques Roadshow, collectors discover that they can turn trash into treasure, thanks to the appraisal skills of the show’s specialists in antiques and fine art. The difference between trash and treasure is how much someone would pay for the collectable. There have been many spinoffs and copycat appraisal shows, but none of them ever provided answers from experts on the value of your life. So, let’s get an expert appraisal of what your life is worth Continue reading Get a free appraisal of your life
If you are living in fear, it is not from God It doesn’t matter whether your fear is due to your own failures, due to your own insecurities, due to hateful brethren, or caused by religious leaders, it’s not from God. God is love! He took the penalty of your sins and allowed himself to be sacrificed on the cross in your place. He loved you when you were dead in sins… You were dead because of your sins and Continue reading Jesus does not condemn you
There are lots of self-help books on marriage that describe what a husband should do. Some are good, and some are junk. Some are popular for a while and some burst on the scene with a lot of noise and then disappear just as fast. But, there is one book, which was written thousands of years ago, that has stood the test of time, and still contains the best advice ever written. That book was written from the authority of Continue reading The Bible teaches how to be a godly husband [updated]
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