The Ultimate Hope

Humans are “hardwired” to seek something greater

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Blue Tiger Butterfly

Dear Friend — In a word our ultimate hope is Jesus. Maybe you don’t know Jesus, personally. Maybe you wonder why He is considered the ultimate hope, above all others. Or perhaps you do know Jesus and in your Continue reading “The Ultimate Hope”

Why a Loving God Allows Suffering

More questions from coronavirus

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Why does a loving God allow suffering? Inadvertently, my last post answered this question, at least in part. To begin with it must be understood that people, not God, are the source Continue reading “Why a Loving God Allows Suffering”

Is God Judging Us?

Questions about the Coronavirus

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While praying for the sick and infected this thought came to me, “What if the COVID-19 virus is the judgment of God on the nations?” Is it God’s will to heal and help? To sustain bodies and spirits? Continue reading “Is God Judging Us?”

What If Paul Lived Today?

Thoughts on God, the Scriptures and the culture

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There are Bibles today that reflect the culture. There are pastors and Christian writers today who reflect the culture. If Paul the apostle were living today would his writing reflect the culture? Continue reading “What If Paul Lived Today?”

How Then Shall We Live?

The love of God — part 3

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are you living for? What has been your response to the 💓 of God? How should you live in light of what Christ has done for you? There are many ideas on how to live the Christian life. Continue reading “How Then Shall We Live?”

What Happened to the Gospel?

The difference between the church and other philanthropic groups

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Something disturbing has happened in evangelical churches. At one time the gospel message was central to their teaching and outreach; today something else has taken its place. Continue reading “What Happened to the Gospel?”

The Normal Christian Life

Struggling with sin versus practicing it

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Whiter than Snow

In an earlier post I broached the subject of struggling with sin versus practicing it. I wrote that it appeared a former friend had lost her struggle with lesbianism. The following verses from the Bible speaks to this. Continue reading “The Normal Christian Life”

Judging vs. Discerning

This excellent post is about the difference between Judging and Discerning. It is written by Mannyr of the blog Cracked-Pot.

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Judging vs. Discerning

Jesus plainly stated that we are not to judge others. But

so often His words are used against Christians who are trying to

point out wrong in society. And it seems that so few Christians

know how to answer such objections.

So, what should you do if, upon seeing evil in the world, and

stating your convictions regarding it, you are told that you have no

business judging others? Are Christians to become mindless

people who can’t tell the difference between good and evil? Is

this mindless condition something we are to strive for?

First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,

and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In

the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the

Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge

against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.”…

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