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You Can Choose! Do You Choose Heaven Or Hell?

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Once a Christian but not Really One Now? Never a Christian? So Why Are You not a Christian?   Could it be that you do not even believe Christianity is based on real people in history? If so, I understand. What is the evidence, you may ask. Certainly conspiracy theorists have claimed that the stories of Jesus in the Christian Bible are fictional particularly in the Gospel of John, which is different from the other Gospels. I will address only…

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Is Love In The Bible An Emotion?

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Once we get passed the technical debate in psychology over what really constitutes an emotion we can agree generally that an emotion is different from a physical need like hunger or an intellectual process like reasoning. We can however accept that it is more like a mental driving force or feeling by which we react to life events. It actually drives our thoughts and behaviors. Accordingly love is something we feel otherwise we would not know (have the idea) that…

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Bible-Based Parenting: The Easy Way Out Is Not The Best Way – Food For Thought

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Many Christian parents have long hung on to and strongly justified their use of physical punishment on children as Bible-centered. Many people however do not realize that the saying: “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is not in the Christian Bible. It is a secular proverb! Other statements about use of the rod however do occur in the OT, such as: “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline…

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God’s Plan And LGBTQ Individuals

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The acronym LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or transsexual and queer or questioning. It is also used as a shorter form for a longer one such as LGBTQ2SIA. The additional letters refer to people who identify as having two-spirits (2S) mainly among First Nations individuals; as intersex (I); and asexual or aromantic (A). It is no secret that some if not many Christians earlier rejected these identities, believing them to be biblically unacceptable. Is there a problem with…

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A “Good Soil” Project For Believers

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Fellow Believers, We are called to represent the Lord because we are His Body. This is an awesome task but one on which we must proudly embark because it’s also a privilege. The world is largely loveless, disunited and in disarray because it does not know Christ and his Teaching. Nevertheless evangelization is occurring and I think those of us who are not travel-overseas-missionaries can help give the Gospel foothold around the world by preparing Good Soil in readiness to…

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Each Pastor’s or Leader’s Role In Bringing About Unity and Peace in the Church and the World

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It seems to me Jesus knows that Christian unity is essential for non-Christians to believe in Him and for believers to maintain their faith (vss. 20-21). Here we are quibbling over what is and is not acceptable in the delivery of that Gospel, when the intended recipients will not be able to recognize or take the Message seriously from a divided Church, anyway. Because unity among Christians and the love of God it reflects is crucially important to Christ (John…

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The Case for Unity and Forgiveness

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Evangelism that installs a common faith produces unity and such unity among believers expresses the Father’s loving Nature to the world, a unity that is elegantly demonstrated in the Trinity.  Unity is important and difference is not necessarily disruptive. In fact it can enrich unity. When I listen to Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church I am left filled with feelings of encouragement about my importance in the Father’s Plan for my life right here and now; Charles Price of Living…

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How Must Believers Come To Christ?

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One lesson that stands out for me in the three parables Jesus told in Luke chapter 15 is that not only does God want us to come back to Him He also does things to not miss gaining a believer back. “Back” to the relationship He intended before the Fall. Is the contemptuously styled, “prosperity preaching” God’s way of “trekking miles”, “sweeping the whole house” or “constantly looking out the window” to win back otherwise lost children? Is this what…

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Look To Jesus For Guidance And Also Sometimes Look In The Mirror For The Guilty

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All preachers (prophets and apostles) in the Bible do not preach on the same topic, which means God does not preach the same text or style every time to every audience. Is Paul to be faulted for preaching about the incomparable riches we have in Christ to the Ephesians and not like Jeremiah who complains about life. Is it a lie when Paul talks about joy to the Philippian Church rather than about the wages of sin as he does…

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When Is Wealth Damaging to Christian Living and Teaching?

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And What Did Jesus Say? From a more general view pertaining to criticisms of the so-called prosperity preachers it seems to me that too much has been made of the lifestyle of some of those their critics have accused of teaching a non-Scriptural theology. Because of the relative nature of riches, money or wealth, what one person may see as representing wealth another may consider normal living. For example compare the senior Pastor of a large church in a high-income…

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