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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Peter 1:9-11 – For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (NKJV)Ah, Peter. For us hard-headed, simple-minded folks, he’s just what the Doctor ordered. He makes things so plain and straight to the point. In the first chapter of 2nd Peter, he starts out by letting us know that we don’t have any excuses for […]
A Reader Asks: I really want to get divorced. I don’t have a “Biblical” reason, but I know that God doesn’t want me …
Question:I really want to get divorced. I don’t have a “Biblical” reason, but I know that God doesn’t want me to be unhappy and He will forgive me for my sin. Don’t you agree? Answer:No, I do not agree.First of all, God DOES want us to be happy, but He promises happiness as a by-product of our obedience and living life the way He wants. Read the Beatitudes (Matt 5) which say “Blessed are…” meaning “Happy are…” (actually that is just one part of the meaning of the phrase; but that is what is applicable here).There are times when God DOES want us to be unhappy, and that is when we are sinning or out of fellowship with Him. If we are happy” (superficially anyway) […]
A Reader Asks: How can I be sure, beyond even a shadow of doubt, that I am saved and going to heaven?
Question:How can I be sure, beyond even a shadow of doubt, that I am saved and going to heaven? Answer:As I answer this question, I want everyone to remember that I am not answering HOW to be saved, but how to have assurance that you are saved. I’m going to assume that a salvation “experience” has occurred and that faith, repentance and obedience to God’s Word have been exercised.With that assumption, how can you know if you are genuinely saved? CAN you know for sure? The Apostle John says YES!1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to […]
A Reader Asks: What does the Bible say about “living in sin”. I would like to point out specific passages and let the …
Question:What does the Bible say about “living in sin”. I would like to point out specific passages and let the Bible speak for itself rather tham it appearing that I am tn one judging the sin. Answer:Before I give you a list of verses, remember that there is a big difference between judging sinful behavior (comparing the behavior against God’s Word), and judging the state of a person’s heart. The only way we can avoid sin, or disciple others, is to “judge” what is sinful and forsake it. But we aren’t not called to look into a person’s heart and judge motives or intent. Only God is capable of that.Here is a very helpful list from Torrey on the topic of sin. I hope you […]
A Reader Asks: I’m 22 years old and completely support myself. Alot of my friends are getting piercings and I want …
Question:I’m 22 years old and completely support myself. Alot of my friends are getting piercings and I want to as well but my parents say its wrong. Is it wrong? Answer:On topics like this, parents are usually labeled “fuddy duddy” at the moment of impact, but years later the kids decide they actually knew what they were talking about. Before I answer, I’ll go ahead and admit defeat. Everyone who wants a piercing is going to think my answer wrong. Every parent who didn’t have the nerve to tell their kids “no” will be convinced of my legalism and narrow mindedness. Liberal Christians will think I’m being judgmental. Conservative Christians will think I’m being wishy washy. But that’s never stopped me from opening my big […]
–Philip J Reed, on behalf of Westwood College For the past two months, we’ve discussed an unfortunate reality of modern life: a lack of time to spend with the family. Obviously this is a problem that affects everybody to different degrees. One family might lament the fact that it only gets a few nights per week to spend together as one cohesive unit, and another might be lucky to get even a few minutes together. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon that both parents work, and it’s certainly not uncommon that teenage children work as well. Everybody has their own commitments – be they professional or personal – and getting all of the schedules to align can be tricky at best. But that doesn’t have […]
A reader asks: Part of the work of the Church is benevolence. To what extend can a church carry out the work of benevolence? Does the payment of house rent, medical bills,and money for feeding to members who has lost their jobs; and whose income is inadequate to meet a larger family responsibility part of the church responsibility? Who gets help and who doesn’t? My answer: This is not a full treatment of the question but rather a general response for your consideration. You could easily write an entire book on this topic. It has always been the Church’s obligation to help the TRULY poor and needy. That line (who is TRULY in need) has been blurred by a welfare mentality, unprecedented prosperity and the […]
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