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A Reader Asks: I’m going through a rough time in my marriage and I think my spouse wants a divorce and doesn’t want …
Question:I’m going through a rough time in my marriage and I think my spouse wants a divorce and doesn’t want to try anymore. My counselor said I should be saying “binding prayers” and binding Satan from our marriage. Something about that just doesn’t sit well with me. What do you think? Answer: Well, you’ve got a couple of issues in this question… what’s this “binding prayer” stuff? And what is my advice for you at this point in your marriage struggle? First the “binding” advice from your counselor… I’ve written on this before and frankly I get a little frustrated with “Christian counselors” who offer up such unBiblical and futile advice. As Christians, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The only way “Satan” comes […]
A Reader Asks: How does God hear the prayers of people who aren’t Christians? Growing up, I was taught that He only …
Question:How does God hear the prayers of people who aren’t Christians? Growing up, I was taught that He only heard the prayers of His children, but I know that He hears the sinners prayer of salvation, so this can’t be entirely accurate. I know that pop culture would have us believe that anyone could and can turn to God at any time with a prayer and He will listen. What does the Bible say? Answer:God hears the prayers of non-Christians when GOD CHOOSES to hear the prayers of non-Christians.Unlike God’s children who have been PROMISED access to the Throne (Heb 4.16), and PROMISED the Spirit as an Intercessor (Rom 8.26), non-Christians have no such promise. While not universally true, generally speaking God does not “hear” […]
A Reader Asks: One of our adopted children has hepatitis-B. We knew this before the adoption. In the past, my husband …
Question:One of our adopted children has hepatitis-B. We knew this before the adoption. In the past, my husband and I have given blood, but now we are no longer eligible because we live in the same house as someone with hep-b. The reasoning actually centers around sexual contact, which obviously we do not have, so would you answer truthfully on the blood donor application, or would you say *no* since you KNOW that you are healthy? Answer: Yes I would answer truthfully. We should always strive to be honest and let God handle situations like this. Even if we have good intentions, it is still a clear compromise of our honesty and integrity. It should be the rare and extreme case that we are ever […]
Folks, listen up. I’m not known for sugar coating things, so I won’t start now. Whatever you do NOT discipline yourself to do routinely, even daily, will never get done, and you will never improve, or be good at. PERIOD. No shortcuts, no tricks, no gimmicks. Stop looking for the next book or guru, or the secret. It doesn’t exist. You’ll only waste more time and money. You must practice the daily discipline of being a DO-ER of those things you want to be good at or change. You must be able to identify, measure and explain what those things are in order to discipline yourself to do it. You can’t wake up every day… you have to choose to live everyday. If you cannot […]
A Reader Asks: Do you think people who claim to be Christians but never enter a church door to worship or tithe a dime …
Question:Do you think people who claim to be Christians but never enter a church door to worship or tithe a dime are really christians? Their whole world revolves around themselves and family. I have close family members like this and am very concerned for them. Answer:You have several mini-questions here, so let’s tackle each one. First, you start out by asking my opinion about who might be a Christian, and who isn’t. Only God knows the heart of someone who has made an outward response to Christ. We know that some people who “look” like Christians really aren’t (Matt 13.38), but only God can tell the difference, not us.However, we do know that obedience is a sign, an indicator, of those who are truly saved […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (NKJV)Did you know that every Christian has certain past, present and future facts that are absolutely true about them? Oh, not your everyday facts that are common to all men. No, these are wondrous eternal facts that well up out of the riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ.In the first chapter of Ephesians, dear Christian, you find out that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. You were chosen before the world was ever created to be holy and blameless in God’s eyes, predestined […]
A prayer for a true and pure practice of faith Most Almighty God, I don’t care if I’m rich or great, as long as I am what You want me to be.Let me counted among the spiritually blessed. Help me to have a single, intense and fervent concern to receive from You the blessings which Are spiritual in essence Eternal in nature And most satisfying to the soul. Keep me from thinking too highly of myself either as a whole, or in any small part of my character.Help me to pay attention to my motives as well as my actions. Help me to learn to know the difference between my feelings and opinion versus the conviction and direction of the Holy Spirit.Empower me to never […]
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