Some people say you have to be baptized as a baby, others say as an adult. Some say it is completely unneccesary. Is it a requirement of all Christians? Watch this short video to see our thoughts.
Promises, promises! Did you ever stop to think about how much of our lives revolve around promises? There are promises at every level of life – those made by a child to secure a privilege, those made when you agree to the conditions of your job, those made between a man and a woman at marriage, those made in political campaigns. Then there are the private promises we make to ourselves and to God. We judge character by the keeping of promises. A promise keeper is a trustworthy person. Then there are the promises God makes to us. It seems like there are a lot of them, but to many people it seems God has not kept them. So, is God a trustworthy promise keeper?
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?
Promises, promises! We have all made them, heard them, kept them and maybe even broken them. Promises have always been an integral part of the fabric of any society, for they are truly the basis of trust and loyalty. When promises are kept, life is better and less lonely and when they are broken life gets to be broken as well. So, if promises are so important, then why are they so undervalued today?
We all have had the experience of making or receiving a promise that was not kept. When you think about it, the experience is a sad one, for with a broken promise comes some level of a damaged trust towards the one who did not deliver. Over time this can lead to all kinds of deep and permanent damage to our relationships. What makes a promise? How do we better keep our promises? What about God? What had He promised us, and is He keeping His promises?
So yesterday, May 21st, was a much anticipated day for many, and I would guess a day of great disappointment and even bewilderment for those same people. What might they be thinking now? Did God not deliver what His word promised? What are the rest of us thinking? Were these people foolish in their commitment or were they misled by what appeared to them to be undeniable scriptural logic and harmony? Harold Camping’s prophecy failed utterly. Does this mean that God’s word failed along with it? Stay with us as we examine the short term aftermath of expectations gone bad in light of God’s plan.
Everybody makes promises. Everybody has experiences where they make a commitment of some kind to another, to do something on their behalf. A number of things can happen as a result of this: We can fulfill our promise entirely or partially. We can decide not to fulfill it. We can not fulfill it because of external circumstances. So, how important is a promise? Should “our word be our bond?” What about God’s promises? Does He ALWAYS keep them? How would we know? Stay with us as we look into the delicate realm of promises and their importance in our lives.
All Christians know the Lord’s prayer. It is taught when we are little children. Did you ever think about this phrase “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?ʺ Why would Jesus teach us to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth if it was not to be? Are there any other references to this earthly kingdom in the Bible? Stay with us as we look into this matter of God and His promised kingdom: Where it will be? Who will be in it? When it will be? Why it will be? How it will all take place?