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  • Hell – Lies, Myths & Heresies – Part 3

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)Hell is real. That is considered a controversial and “extreme” position to hold today. Chalk one up for Satan. He’s knows how to play the game. Take away one of the most effective, urgent and critical arguments (the existence of hell) for sinful man to repent and you’ve got half the game won. Then Satan just waits to let people discover that Jesus doesn’t really keep His “promise” to “fix” everything and make life easy… and what you’ve got left is a whole world of people who have […]

  • Jesus Christ – Part 4

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Next, the feet were fixed to the cross, either by nails or ropes. Ossuary findings and the Shroud of Turin suggest that nailing was the preferred Roman practice.23, 24, 30 Although the feet could be fixed to the sides of the stipes or to a wooden footrest (suppedaneum), they usually were nailed directly to the front of the stipes (Fig 5).11 To accomplish this, flexion of the knees may have been quite prominent, and the bent legs may have been rotated laterally (Fig 6) 23 -25, 30 Fig 5.Nailing of feet. Left, Position of feet atop one another and against stipes. Upper right, Location of nail in second intermetatarsal space. Lower right, Cross section […]

  • Lessons On Life – Gift of Work – Part 4

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Ecclesiastes 3:13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. (NKJV)Without God, work is a necessary hardship and frustration to be endured… an utter futility that always leaves us wanting more. When viewed with a vertical (eternal, Godly) perspective, work becomes a gift from the Lord for our enjoyment.For most of us, work will consume more than any other waking activity. Work is a source of fulfillment, accomplishment and purpose when it is undertaken as a gift from God. Without God, it is loathsome or it becomes our idol. Either way, without God it is a never ending cycle of […]

  • Self Esteem?

    Galatians 2:20 • I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV; emphasis mine)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)That the church has been influenced by, and inundated with, worldly psychology is not even arguable. The only debate is how pervasive the influence is, and whether or not it is a negative development.It’s certainly beyond the scope of this Devotional, and probably my intellect, to address this entire issue, but the subject of “self esteem” is one that I’ve had many inquiries about lately. Rarely a day goes […]

  • Knowing the Will of God – Good or Better – Part 6

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 2:17 – And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (NKJV)Determining God’s Will can be tough because it’s not always a simple matter of right and wrong. When we are struggling with discerning God’s Will, the answer becomes easy the moment we run across an aspect that is obviously “wrong” or “sinful” (the answer is easy, but admitting the answer not always is!).But sometimes we struggle with deciding God’s Will concerning things that truly are NOT sinful in general such as serving in a ministry. Doing this with a humble heart and the right motives is not inherently sinful. […]

  • Five Christian Goals: Serving Like Christ (Head) – Part 8

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (NKJV; emphasis mine) We are studying five primary goals of the Christian life, taking each goal in three steps of natural progression: knowledge (head), conviction (heart), and action (hands). All five goals are: Living Like Christ Proclaiming Christ Serving Like Christ Worshipping Christ Fellowship in ChristSo far we’ve learned that we must live like Christ and we must proclaim Christ. To demonstrate the authenticity of both, and to realize THE most fulfilling and God-pleasing life we attain, our next goal is to SERVE like Christ. In […]

  • A Reader Asks: What do you think of these books and accounts of people going to heaven or hell, then God tells them …

    Question:What do you think of these books and accounts of people going to heaven or hell, then God tells them to come back tell everyone about it? Answer:I will tell you from study and research, that ALL the books of this type I’ve looked into end up having one or more of the following: metaphysical and occult ideas/imagery, extra-Biblical revelation and unScriptural (typically man-centered) descriptions, as well as Biblical error. Granted, you have to wade through all the sensational, Biblical sounding scenarios and descriptions, but they never stand up to Scriptural scrutiny.Acts 17:11 …they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (NKJV)Unfortunately, most of these books are accepted by Christians with little or […]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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