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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 […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil; (NKJV)The great leader, Moses, was nearing the end of his life. God was giving Moses final words and instructions to pass on to the Israelites. The choices they faced are still very much applicable to us today, particularly as individuals. We have a choice between righteousness or sin; obedience or disobedience. Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy specifies blessings and consequences for the nation of Israel that hinged on their actions as a nation.The consequences listed speak of cursing, hardship, confusion, futility, hopelessness, sickness and defeat. Whether nations or individuals, disobedience to God inevitably results in negative consequences. It is interesting […]
A Reader Asks: Do you have to repent to be saved, or simply believe in Christ? Are you familiar with the “Lordship …
Question:Do you have to repent to be saved, or simply believe in Christ? Are you familiar with the “Lordship controversy”? My Pastor says that repentance does not play a part in Salvation. He says that people who believe that repentance is part of salvation are being “legalistic.” What are you thoughts? HELP- I don’t know what to believe! Answer:I’ve never met two people who explain or define the issues of salvation, repentance, belief in the exact same way. The issues, concepts and Scriptures are many and deep. Personal experience skews our perceptions and interpretations. In that light, I offer NO definitive answers or opinions; only my own personal thoughts on the issues and an honest summary of my own belief.On the one hand we have […]
Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (NKJV) I’m always amazed at how exactly opposite the world’s ideas are with the Creator of the World’s ideas. The world would have us to believe that the road to success is paved with self interest – look out for number one; take care of yourself; if you don’t get yours, no one will give it to you. To borrow a phrase from Dr. Phil, “how’s the working out for you?” Despite endless sources of teaching and advice that encourage you to focus on Self (professionally, spiritually, personally) the world is filled with dissatisfied, unhappy and lost people who can never quite get what it is they are searching for […]
A Reader Asks: Am I right according to God’s Word there will never be world peace? How does the answer to my question …
Question:Am I right according to God’s Word there will never be world peace? How does the answer to my question fit with President Bush’s comment during the Inaugural speech that “Freedom Is Necessary for Peace And Everybody Deserves Peace” and “America Declares Peace Throughout All The World”? I’m puzzled by all this, and look forward to your answer. Answer:There are differing opinions on the Biblical answer, so let me give you a summary of them, and a little commentary of my own. The Biblical answer depends on your view of eschatology (the study of the “end times”). If you believe in some form of “millennialism” then it goes with that viewpoint that there will be a false peace leading up to the time of the […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 1:4 – And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. (NKJV)The Apostle John writes “these things” in 1st John that your joy “may be full” (v.1.4) What things?Full joy comes from fellowship with God, walking in the light. (1.5-7) Full joy comes from confessing our sin (1.9) Full joy comes from having Jesus as our Defender (2.1) Full joy comes with knowing God; evidenced by our obedience and love (2.3-11) Full joy is for all Christians in every stage of maturity (2.12-14) Full joy through loving the things of God and not of the world (2.15) John continues in chapter three describing the “things” that contribute to […]
I. Summary Written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica, the letter offers encouragement and praise for their faithfulness, practical instructions for living righteously and presents the hope of Jesus’ return for us. Chapter 1 – Paul praises the Church for their good example in how they believed, turned from idols and lived in expectation of Jesus’ Return. He encourages them by telling them that he offers prayers “without ceasing” on their behalf. Chapter 2 – Paul explains the circumstances that brought the to Thessalonica and points out his treatment of them. He likens himself to a “mother hen”. He points out how he worked hard to support himself so that no man could accuse him of ministering for profit, even though he […]
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