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  • A Reader Asks: Should married Christians use birth control? My wife believes the Bible clearly says no. I do not agree. …

    Question:Should married Christians use birth control? My wife believes the Bible clearly says no. I do not agree. What is your advice? Answer:This is an issue that has been written about many times, by many teachers. So instead of a long rehash of comments you can find fairly easily with a little effort, let me just give you a couple principles to consider.Obviously, there is no verse in the Bible that says “thou shalt not practice birth control”. If there was, this would be a question or debate. So it’s left to arguments, principles and individual conscience.For every issue that God has not specifically addressed, He leaves us the liberty to pray, study and follow our Holy Spirit led conscience. We look for examples in […]

  • A Reader Asks: I have heard it taught that Jesus “was crucified and descended into hell.” I can’t find references in …

    Question:I have heard it taught that Jesus “was crucified and descended into hell.” I can’t find references in the bible the indicate that Jesus “descended into hell”. What is your understanding of this? I’ve heard someone teach that Jesus was beat up in hell and born again. Have you heard that? Answer:I have been avoiding this topic for quite some time because I will invoke a FIRESTORM of criticism and “you’re being divisive and judgmental” email. It has already been written about many times, but evidently it needs to be written about again, because I get this Topic repeatedly.It has to do with Jesus descending to hell after his death on the cross. The idea comes primarily from these verses:1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also […]

  • Purity – The Return to the Beginning – Part 4

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NKJV)Fundamental purity is in essence, God. God is the definition of purity. God is what all things are compared to in order to measure purity.Applied purity occurs the moment we are saved. God imputes (adds; places; applies) the righteousness (purity) of Christ to us supernaturally. From that point on, He quite literally sees us a pure, worthy of salvation, worthy of coming into His presence.Practical purity is the process of what the Bible calls “sanctification”. It is the daily process of the Christian becoming more and more like Christ, who of course is Purity (God). It is […]

  • The Basic Christian Life: That Little Thing That Controls Your Entire Life- Part 8

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV) There are few things that have more influence or cause us more regret than our MOUTH… that little thing between your teeth that does indeed at times seem to be utterly untameable. A few rare souls exist that don’t fight the constant battle of tongue but they are few and far between, or they are liars and self-deceived. There is always room for tongue improvement no matter how mature or self controlled we are. We can always be kinder. We can always be wiser in what we say. We can always hold our tongue just a little more. […]

  • That Jude Dude – Security – Part 2

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (NKJV) I’m always amazed at how much truth there is in even the Bible verses we quickly skip past. The “welcome” verses of Jude are a goldmine of theology:Jude 1-2 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (NKJV)First, we can be sure that Jude is writing to Christians – not unbelievers, not the world, not pagans – but Believers. “To those who a called…”John 6:44 No one can come to […]

  • A Reader Asks: In heaven, will we still have a special love and relationship with people like our parents, kids or …

    Question:In heaven, will we still have a special love and relationship with people like our parents, kids or spouse? Answer:I believe so.Heaven is a continuation of our life, a transition to the eternal. Our memories, personalities and relationships endure. You are still you; I am still me.Sin is removed, and everything that was good remains, and is enjoyed and grows all through eternity.We will remember who our parents are, our children, our spouse… we will all be brothers and sisters in Christ, and not husband/wife, parent/child… but I believe there is NO doubt we will have complete continuation of our feelings, special relationships and memories.There will be all eternity to grow the relationships we enter eternity with, and infinite time to start new ones.It makes […]

  • Proverbs 30 – Bugs & Other Critters – Part 5

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Proverbs 30:24 There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: (NKJV)Agur either had a lot of time on his hands, or he was a master at seeing the hand of the Creator in everything he observed. I think probably the latter. It’s amazing to me that the same supernatural Word of God that tells us of creation week and resurrection morning also talks about bugs being “exceedingly wise”.To me, it’s more proof of Bible authenticity. If the Bible were a fraud, produced by some human trying to create a “holy book”, I doubt grasshoppers would have been the first choice of subject matter.Every word in the Bible […]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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