For Christians, the concept of salvation is one of the most prominent and necessary beliefs that we hold. Its necessity cannot be understated, for without it, we truly would be lost and miserable. One of the key questions regarding salvation is, who participates? Do you have to be a member of a particular denomination? Do you have to be a member of a particular church? Do you have to be just a Christian? Not even a Christian? We will look into this all important biblical teaching and attempt to ask the tough questions, looking for the best scriptural answers that we can find. Who gets saved?
Death is a scourge upon us all. It is the unwelcome intruder in our lives, the greedy associate, the uncaring and undiscriminating presence that is uninvited, unwanted and always inconvenient. Death is the rude interrupter of our lives. What’s worse, it leaves a mark when it has passed through. After it leaves, we are left empty, sad, mournful and distressed. This unwelcome guest – death – it visits all of us, no matter what our station is in life. If we are poor, wealthy, popular, unnoticed, young or old, we all have experience with death. So, how do we deal with it? How do we cope with the pain and the loss? Stay with us this morning as we examine this sad and difficult reality of our lives – death, loss and the healing process.
War. It is a fact of life. According to Dr. Terry Fields, in the last 3,421 years of recorded history, there have been only 268 years without war. This should tell us something significant about the fallen nature of man. What it doesn’t tell us is how we as Christians should view war. Should we support it? Should we participate in it? Should we oppose it? Just as there are many denominations of Christians, there are many differing answers to this particular question of Christian Conscience.
Everyone has experienced loss in their life. Some have experienced far more than others and have had to learn to cope. In any event, loss – tragic loss especially - brings grief and grief brings a sense of facing overwhelming odds. So, how do we deal with grief? How do we cope with loss? How do we adjust to never getting to say goodbye? Are there things we should or should not do? What about helping our friends cope with grief? What should we do or say? Stay with us as we look into grief and try and find ways to not only cope, but make our grief “good” grief.
To a large degree, human beings are somewhat of a mystery. It is amazing how much we know about our form of life and it is even more amazing how little we know about it. What about the human soul and the human spirit? What are they? Can they die? Can you have one without the other? What about the body? Where does that fit in? Does a soul need a body? Does a body need a soul? Stay with us as we look into the scriptural definitions of these things to try and find the answers. For such an old book, written over such a long period of time by so many different writers, it will amaze you how clear the answers are to these questions!
Death and taxes - two sure things in life. Interestingly, we have little control over either. Seeing that this is not a financial program, we won’t talk about taxes - but we will talk about death. Great! What a depressing topic! What is death all about anyway? Do we immediately go somewhere when we die – meaning we actually don’t die, we just change form? Or do we die, cease to exist, when we expire? On this podcast we look at a topic that surely affects us all to determine what the Bible teaches on the subject. Is death the beginning or the end? Lets’ see…