We make a hundred decisions every day, most of which, concern us. Do we ever stop to think about what we say and do and how these things affect God? Many of us never consider that we are important enough for God to notice. We are stunned to discover that He is watching us with such interest that he knows how many breaths we have taken on any particular day. He catches all of our tears in a bottle. He has numbered the hairs on our head. We discover that He fashioned us in our mother’s womb and planned all the wonderful days of our life for us, before we were born.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me —Psalms 139:16 Continue reading “Does It Matter How God Feels?”
When God said “don’t eat from the fruit or you will die,” how do you personally see this statement? For many people, all of the laws that God made are viewed as negative. If God really loves us why doesn’t He let us do what we enjoy? Why does God show us things and then tell us we can’t have them? Continue reading “Looking At God's Law The Wrong Way”
If we examine the laws of the Old Testament we are struck by their peculiar nature. The question is: are people who receive Jesus as their Savior, bound to the laws of the Old Testament?
- Exodus 31:14.: Death for working on the Sabbath
- Exodus 23:19: Cook a goat in its mother’s milk
- Exodus 21:17, Deuteronomy 21:20-21: Cursing parents, rebellious teens stoned to death.
- Leviticus 19:27: Cutting hair on the sides of the head.
- Leviticus 19:28: Obtaining a Tattoo
- Leviticus: 19:19: Mixing fabrics
- Numbers 5:11-31: The test of unfaithfulness for a wife.
- Numbers 9:13: Excommunication for not observing Passover
Continue reading “Are The Old Testament Laws Applicable Today?”
Understanding Sin and Salvation
A valid question that is frequently asked by many people is, “Why Christianity is the only way and the Bible, only the true words of God?” In order to understand these things, we must fill-in a little background information. Continue reading “What Jesus Can Do For You That No Religion Can”
Today, the term, “Extremism,” has come to mean individuals who are extreme in their religious beliefs—causing them to take extreme action against others. The recent attacks in London at the London Bridge are repeatedly referred to as the actions of “Extremists.”
The problem with using this term, without the context of “Islamic Extremist,” is that people will also use this term to define other groups who are also extreme in their belief system, but non violent. Continue reading “The Danger of Using the Term: "Extremism," Without Context”
There is something resident within us that wants perfection. We see it in our mind as we observe things around us that are not perfect. We feel uncomfortable when entering a hotel room that is old, dirty, and unkempt. We feel displeasure when lied to. There is a righteous anger that mounts upon our heart when we see or hear about a child or elderly person that has been abused.
Perfection is an ideal that we all want, yet accept that we can never apprehend. Why is it that we earnestly desire perfection and feel disappointed, angry, or perplexed when every human being we meet is incapable of this perfection?
Continue reading “Why We Need A Savior”
Most of us have a long list of regrets for the things we have done in our past. In fact, we waste an extraordinary amount of time thinking about things that we have no power to change. It is important to remember that we are not defined by the person we were in our past. We are defined by who we are today. It is through the choices that we are making right now that people understand who we are. Oh, I know that people remember the mistakes that you have made. Your relatives will think back to those foolish things that you said and did when you were younger and define you in those terms. The incredible thing about today is that you can begin a whole new life for yourself, if you want to. In no time at all, people will begin to think of you in a new way and define the person you are by the things you have been doing from this moment when you decide to change your life. Continue reading “It's The Little Things That Add Up To A Big Life”
There is a curious paradox that is presented in the pages of the Bible that a great majority of people have not understood. Jesus described a physical birth that every person will experience; and a second spiritual birth that is necessary in order to obtain eternal life. Jesus said that because of our sin and sin nature, we are all already under the condemnation of God and dead in our sins. Once we understand who Jesus is and the reason that He came into the world, we have the opportunity to be born again a second time. At that moment, our spirit within that was formerly dead, comes alive. Continue reading “Born Once; Die Twice. Born Twice; Die Once”
Is it possible to baptize a person who has died and thereby impart salvation to them? There are many people today who believe that this is possible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints holds this doctrine as one of their principle teachings. This principle states that a person may be baptized on behalf of one who has died, thereby granting them the opportunity for salvation and eternal life. The person who has died may either accept or reject this offer of salvation. Continue reading “Baptism For The Dead”
And it came to pass afterward, that Jesus went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the good news of God’s kingdom: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called “Magdalene,” out of whom seven demons were removed, —Luke 8:1-2
What Does God Require?
In order for any person to obtain eternal life from God, the first and primary element that must be present in the heart, is genuine repentance. Many people are sorry for their sins, yet not sorry enough to change their life and seek to sin no more. True repentance compels the sincere to not only experience genuine sorrow, but also a earnest desire to cease from their former sins.
A person who begins to follow Jesus will never, in this life, be sinless. They should however, endeavor to sin—less.
It is impossible to obtain salvation from Jesus, apart from a determined work of changing our previous behavior. All sins are equal before God and a consistent, unrepentant liar can miss eternal life, equally with a fornicator, or murderer. If we have been living in a sexual relationship with another person, outside of marriage, we must cease this relationship as a part of true repentance—before Jesus will grant us eternal life. If we have been a theif or liar during our life, we must cease from these two faults before the Lord will convey eternal life to our account. Continue reading “There is No Salvation, Without Repentance”