The Bible is not only an ancient book, it is also an incredibly unique book, for it was written over a period of about 1,500 years by many authors and in several languages. It covers history and prophecy, moral and legal guidance, family counsel, spiritual enlightenment and a firm pathway to finding and appreciating the God and Creator of the Universe and His Plan. The Bible – a book made up of 66 books. So, how do we know that the collection of writings we have is the correct collection? How do we know if we are omitting some “books” that should belong while including others that shouldn’t belong? Who made these decisions? Answers and understanding coming right up!
We as Christians say that God is love – and that is true. But what does that really mean? Who does God love and how do we know? Sometimes the answer to that question is difficult to see as we live in a world of sin and sadness. We must remember that God’s love is expressed through His word, and His word, though veiled at times, is still His Word and God is as good as His word, for He is a promise-keeping God. God has made promises to us – big promises! What are they and who do they apply to?
It is a pretty simple equation: You love God, you pray to Him, obey Him and serve Him and in return we as humans look for some kind of indication of His love and acceptance. We want to – we need to - hear from God in some way or other. So, how does He speak to us today in the 21st century? Is it through our dreams? Do we have visions? Is it through experiences? How about communicating through other people? Does God speak to us through His ancient word, the Bible? All of the above? Some of the above?
Christianity is all about salvation in Christ Jesus, but it is also about judgment and accountability for wrongdoing. All Christians believe that Jesus clearly addressed both the salvation and judgment, but we are widely divided on what he meant by his words. Did Jesus teach that all who do not accept him are doomed to eternity in the ravaging and torturous fires of an ever burning hell or did Jesus teach that the ultimate consequence for those who do not either now or later accept him is eternal death?
The world is a big place and Christianity is a big religion. With 2,000+ denominations we will find a vast labyrinth of beliefs, traditions and interpretations of Scripture. One widely interpreted Christian belief is the understanding and use of the gift of speaking in tongues. For many it is an integral part of their faith and for others it can be looked upon as heresy. Who is right? Is the truth on the matter somewhere in the middle? We really should know, but how can we know? Stay with us!
Today is Mother’s Day, a day to stop, think about and honor the role that motherhood plays in our lives. Be sure to express your gratitude to the mothers in your lives! Now, on this day that we honor motherhood we also want to look into the Bible’s treatment of womanhood. It sure seems like the Scriptures make women second class citizens. Is this true? Does the Bible in any way advocate for women?
A few weeks ago we began to look at the nature of the soul as defined in the Bible – not as defined by traditions or mythology or different social groupings - but as defined by the Bible. What we found was the Bible clearly states that the soul – the being of man and animal - is mortal and subject to death, which is the absence of life. This program looks at Scriptures that seem to contradict this conclusion, as well as the difference between "soul" and "spirit." What does the Bible tell us?
Today is a special day, for it was on this day over 2,000 years ago Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the adoration of the crowd. This would begin the final series of events that would lead to his death. Today is another anniversary as well, for it was on this day over 1,400 years before Jesus came, all of Israel was to take a lamb into their homes in preparation for the Passover and their miraculous delivery from slavery. Now, either this is a startling coincidence or it is a startling revelation of God’s plans and purposes...guess which answer we agree with?
To have faith is to have an awesome power, for it connects you to something outside of yourself and sometimes to something within yourself that can alter your way of life. Now, depending on what you put your faith in, this altered way of life can end up leading to great advantage or to great disappointment. One thing many Christians put their faith is in the concept of miraculous healing. Today’s discussion will revolve around this pointed question: Should Christians seek or even believe in the miraculous faith healing claims that many make and live by in the name of Christ?
(Part I of a 2-part series) Death and taxes – two sure things for us in this life. Now, with taxes we can always try and avoid them – we can shelter our money, make less money, get a better tax advisor – you know – we can play the game and sometimes even come out ahead. With death there is no game, for it eventually finds every one of us. The only question here is what really happens when you die? Do you leave your body and go someplace or are you dead – really dead – as in not alive, not aware, just plain ol’ expired? As you already know, such a question has many different answers – stay with us as we attempt to establish a biblical perspective on the matter!