So, why did Jesus have to die? To be a “RANSOM” for Adam, so that everyone who has ever died will have the opportunity to come back to life in God’s future kingdom. We offer an explanation for our youngest listeners in this short animated video.
God IS accountable for the evil in this world – BUT – that's less than half the truth on the matter! Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Never! As God’s only son, he was perfect and never made any mistakes. He was kind and humble. He didn’t brag about himself or his accomplishments. He didn’t bully anybody or make fun of anyone. He loved ALL people, and performed many miracles to help others. This short animated video explains more.
Proverbs 6:17 says God HATES lying, so this sin is pretty serious! We’re trying to copy JESUS, and he is our standard for everything. Jesus NEVER lied, so to be like him, we must try to do the same. The Bible shows us lots of examples of when lying brought trouble, hardship, and heartache. What examples exist of lying? What should we do if we DO lie? Watch this short video to find out the answers to these questions, and be sure to check our our podcast episode #937, "Should We Ever Llie?" for more examples and Scriptures!
A few weeks ago we began talking about Jesus speaking the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. This was one of the few parables he actually interpreted for his followers, and in that interpretation he revealed it was a prophecy about the difficult future of Christianity. He spoke of false Christians and an entire age when the true and false would grow together – outwardly indistinguishable from one another - until the "harvest" time. We traced some of the corrupting influences through the long history of the church and began to see how the gospel was treated (and mistreated) along the way. Jesus, after speaking the Wheat and the Tares Parable, spoke two other parables. We believe they further described the corrupted condition of Christianity. So, what do these other parables tell us? Are we in danger of being deceived? Is the gospel even intact here and now in our present world?
We frequently hear that Jesus' death changed the course of history, but what specifically did his death DO for mankind? Did it have multiple purposes? Why doesn't anything seem to be getting better? Want more in-depth answers and Bible study? Check out Episode 911: "What is the Legacy of Jesus' Death and Resurrection?" for more Scriptures and details on this topic.
What has happened to us? We live in an age where ego and emotion are more important than virtue and values. An age where personal preference outweighs personal worth and “I want it now” trumps integrity. We live in an age where absolutes aren’t (unless we decide they fit into our personal plan) and standards are only something to customize and remodel to our personal satisfaction. Ours is an age where the ancient principles of sin and objective morality are being relegated to the trash heap of history. So, what are we supposed to do? Should we go along with the flow of thoughts and emotions that are reshaping our social structure? Should we abandon what is considered to be the old and worn out moral thinking of the past and embrace the new and vibrant personally-based principles of the present?
Is sin really as black and white as we think it is or does it depend on the situation?