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Do Christians Need Hope in Their Lives?

Everyone needs hope.  With a clear hope we can conquer all kinds of obstacles.  Without it we lose our motivation to continue on. The problem is that life moves fast – so fast that we rarely slow down enough to realize what is – or should be – driving us.  This means we rarely ever […]

What is the significance of communion and baptism?

Baptism is a beautiful outward sign of a wholehearted commitment.  This commitment includes the confession “I am a sinner” the recognition and acceptance that “Jesus is my personal Savior” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) and the complete dedication of our lives to God and Christ. “I present my body—all of my life and all that I am, […]

I don’t agree with my preacher’s conduct. Should I leave my church?

Many Christian leaders of our day fall woefully short of the examples given in the Bible.  Too often we hear of spiritual leaders who misuse the privilege through arrogance or selfishness. Then there are those tragic stories of abuse within churches by the leaders themselves or being covered up by the leaders.  On top of […]

How many wives did Adam have?

The mythology of Lilith is first mentioned in ancient Babylonian demonology as a class of winged female demons that attacks pregnant women and infants. The myth migrated to the world of the ancient Hittites, Egyptians and Greeks. The earliest surviving mention of her name appears in the Sumerian epic poem, Gilgamesh, a hero who slays monsters […]

Is it a sin to play violent video games?

This speaks to a bigger question of how we can most profitably spend our time in order to be pleasing to our heavenly Father. If your conscience is picking up that something is not right, that even by not participating in the overtly sinful parts of a game (probably difficult to do if you want […]

How can I break bad, sinful habits?

Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15-20 says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I […]

Does the Bible teach universal salvation?

In Christian theology, universalism is a belief that all humankind will eventually be saved. As described in Episode 1191, (Are Christians Supposed to Convert the World?) we are not universalists.  However, we believe the Bible teaches a “universal opportunity.” We believe most of humanity, after experiencing sin and death and all it entails, once given a choice between […]

What is the resurrection on earth?

The main thrust of I Corinthians 15:35-55 is the heavenly resurrection. But YES, the earthly resurrection IS addressed in in 15th chapter of Corinthians, verses 21-23. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 Everyone who dies in Adam will have a resurrection.  As in John 5:28-29, there […]

Why did God allow Satan to harm Job?

The story of Job’s life is one that has puzzled people for a long time. Initially, Job’s initial reaction to his trying experiences was excellent. Job 1:22 says, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” But, as his burdens wore on him he finally came to accuse God. He said, […]

Is it ok to sin if we are saved by grace?

Sin is a transgression of the Divine law or God’s law.  Thousands of years ago God gave Moses and the Jewish nation the Ten Commandments as well as 613 other laws stated in Leviticus.  Since the Jews were God’s special people from whom the Messiah was to come, they needed to be kept pure and […]