“Never Saved”: How Christians misuse Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in […]

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How Did King Saul Die? Two Accounts Reconciled

How did King Saul die? This may not seem like a question worth pondering for some, but it is when you consider that the Bible provides two accounts of King Saul’s death in battle. The Bible is not contradictory (that’s not what I’m getting at here), but one passage regarding Saul’s death says that he […]

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The NRA, Politicians, and “Blood Money”: What the Bible Says About Bribes

The Parkland shooting (see our article on What the Bible Says About Violence for more info) has created some tension with the US government and politicians, as a number of the students of Marjory Stoneman-Douglas and everyday citizens want to enact gun control laws to ensure that the tragedy of Parkland never happens again. The […]

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Parkland’s God: What the Bible Says About Violence

February 14, 2018 is a day that US citizens will never forget. It had all the markings of a normal Valentine’s Day, a day of love, but the day was characterized by hate because a former student of Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School walked into the school with an AR-15 and shot 17 people, killing fourteen […]

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“Passover” or “Easter”? Reclaiming Pasxa in Acts 12:4

For Christians, Easter is all about the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Some will choose to spend the holiday buying new clothing, decorating Easter eggs, engaging in Easter egg hunts and eating chocolate Easter bunnies, but Christians believe in what the Bible says and are unafraid of what “Good Friday” […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?

Jesus rose from the dead. Well, Christians believe this anyway (those who don’t, aren’t Christian. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true according to Scripture). And yet, you may find it surprising that there are a number of people, atheists leading the way, who don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead. They say […]

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Did God Create the World in Six Literal Days?

When it comes to discussions of the age of the earth, the first thing Christians appeal to is what Scripture says (which is expected of those who name the name of Christ). And yet, there are Christians, God-fearing and God-loving believers, on both side of the “Age of the Earth Debate.” There are believers who […]

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The Real Meaning of the Crucifixion

My brother Chris has just emailed me several articles from some liberal Christians who are attacking what the real meaning of the crucifixion is all about. After reading some of their attacks, I felt I had to write this article so as to give you the specific verses from our Bible that will tell us […]

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Fallen from Grace: What the Bible Says About Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels are not discussed in the Bible too much, seeing that the majority of angels in heaven have never “fallen from grace” and gone to the dark side. And yet, some have. So, when discussing what the Bible says about fallen angels, we have to first cover the idea that “angel free will” exists […]

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Propitiation for Sin: The Doctrine of Atonement in the Book of Ezekiel

Ezekiel 16 The Book of Ezekiel is the next stop in our study of the Doctrine of Atonement from the Scriptures. The first context of atonement concerns the New Covenant, the covenant that brings salvation: 60 “Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an […]

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Propitiation for Sin: The Doctrine of Atonement in the Book of Numbers

The Book of Numbers provides some 17 references to atonement within its pages. Numbers 5 5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the children of Israel: ‘When a man or woman commits any sin that men commit in unfaithfulness against the Lord, and that person is guilty, 7 then he shall […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 10: Satan in Jesus’ Ministry

Part 9 was about Peter and Judas and how they should be compared. XII. Satan in Jesus’ Ministry Jesus emerged victorious from His temptations in the wilderness, and, as planned, the Lord went about doing the work of the ministry. We first see Jesus encountering Satan and his demons head-on in Matthew chapter 8. Immediately […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 9: Peter and Judas, A Comparison

Part 8 was about Satan, Jesus, and Temptation and now in part 9 we are going to discuss Peter and Judas. XI. Peter and Judas: A Comparison Peter and Judas are two person in the story surrounding the events of Christ’s life that are often compared to one another. I’ve spent a great deal of […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 8: Satan, Jesus, and Temptation

I said at the end of the last section that Jesus’ words about the thief apply to Satan. Well, Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and we find Satan tempting Jesus with temptations that are common to man. Among these is suicide, and the Lord shows us how we are to respond to it. […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 7: Theology of Life and Death

Previous part, part 6 was about Judas and Suicide. IX. Theology of Life and Death To understand suicide, as we would understand sin, one must have a proper theology of life and death. First, we understand that the Lord is the giver of life: Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 3: Satan in Zechariah and Isaiah

In part 2, I told you about Satan as Serpent and Tempter. Part 3 is all about Satan in Zechariah and Isaiah. In Zechariah, Satan does the familiar. We’ve already seen him accuse Job before the Lord (Job 1:9-11), and we’ve already seen that Revelation labels Satan as “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10), […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 6: Judas and Suicide

VIII. Back to Judas: His Remorse, His End In part 5, we left Judas at visiting the chief priests to strike a deal with them as to how he would hand over Jesus. At that point, according to the Gospels, Satan enters Judas (though one Gospel says that Satan enters Judas at The Last Supper). […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 5: Judas and the Doctrine of Apostasy

Part 4 was about Satan and Judas VII. Doctrine of Apostasy One of the best places to start when discussing the Doctrine of Apostasy is to examine the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, regarding apostates, individuals who have some sort of temporary salvation (even long-term salvation can be “temporary” if the individual does not […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 4: Satan and Judas

Part 3 was about Satan in Zechariah and Isaiah. VI. Satan in the Life of Jesus (New Testament) Satan is there in the Old Testament, but the New Testament is where we see more of Satan’s activity and agenda than ever before. It is also the place where we see the gospel in clearly defined […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 2: Satan as Serpent and Tempter

In part 1 we already covered Revelation 12 where Satan is called “serpent” (Rev. 12:9), so finding out what Scripture has to say about this name is a good place to start to learn more about Satan post-fall. III. Satan as serpent in Genesis The first place we’re brought to in thinking about the serpent […]

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Star Falling From Heaven, Part 1: Satan as Dragon and Angel

With the introduction to our series on the History of Satan, we’ve laid the foundation for Satan’s history: Satan is seen as a dragon, angel, serpent, as the ruler of this world, etc., with Scripture showing us so much about him. But, this is just a foretaste of what’s to come. With that said, let’s […]

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Star Falling From Heaven: History of Satan

An Introduction to the History of Satan Satan is mentioned in numerous passages in Scripture (this is virtually uncontested), but few know exactly who Satan is or his history (his origin, his beginning). Sure, many Christians have heard the legendary story about Satan’s beginning, but few have truly turned to Scripture to examine the legend […]

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True Wisdom

The story of the Magi, the star, Herod, and the Jews teaches us that, contrary to the world we live in where Herod wisdom runs rampant and people refuse to acknowledge God (just as the Jews and Herod did not), godly wisdom still exists and, as a famous sermon title has said, “wise men still […]

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Should the Sabbath rule in the Old Testament be strictly observed today?

“The rules are the rules,” I’ve often heard it said. “No exceptions.” That seems to be the absolute statement that our world lives by. Whether in the church, seminary and Bible college, home, or job, we’re all about the rules. We make rules that we feel everyone should follow. It’s part of what we think […]

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Good Friday Reflections

Today, on Good Friday, Christians of every denomination all over the world remember Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross. Many will use it as a time of reflection and personal sacrifice. Some will do this in the privacy of their homes or rooms, sharing this time with only their close friends and family. Others […]

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The Son Of God Movie

If you haven’t heard yet, the 2 people behind the Bible Miniseries Tv series produced an epic Hollywood film on Jesus, The Son of God. It’s being released this Friday, the 28th and I do have plans to go see it in the first week. From the reviews I’ve read, it looks to be a […]

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The First Christmas Song: A Study of Mary’s Magnificat

Ahh…the sounds of the season—children laughing, the ripping of wrapping paper, sleigh bells ringing and choirs of carolers. The familiar songs and hymns of this time of year add to our joy and wonder as we reflect on the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. In Luke 1:46-55, we find the Spirit-filled words of […]

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Our Heavenly Home

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come […]

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Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Your Faith

Table Of Contents 1 – 3 Basic Reasons as to Why God Will Allow Trials and Tribulations to Occur in This Life 2 – The Scripture Verses For Trials and Tribulations 3 – Keeping Unnecessary Tribulations From Coming Your Way 4 – How to Handle A Storm Cloud This next topic is a very unpleasant one for many in the Body […]

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Conclusion of God Is The Potter – We Are The Clay

Watching Pat give a real live demonstration on how pottery is actually made leaves you with a very good visual image in your mind’s eye on the analogy of the Potter and the clay. Watching Pat’s hands literally take a hard, rigid, and shapeless piece of clay, and then turn it into a beautiful piece […]

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God Will Forgive All of Your Sins

I’ve  received an email from a friend who is apparently has a friend who is having a hard time in dealing with whether or not God will really forgive her for some of the bad sins that are in her past. He had asked that I send him over some of the Bible verses on […]

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The Power Of Witnessing

One of the most important commandments that Jesus left us with before he was taken up to heaven is contained in the first chapter of the book of acts. The book of Acts tells us that, after his resurrection, Jesus spent forty days teaching them about the Kingdom of God, and just before He left […]

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Seek After The Knowledge of God

Table Of Contents 1. Growing in the Knowledge of God         2. The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Receiving Knowledge and Wisdom 3. God’s People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge 4. Knowledge and Wisdom Are Better Than All the Material Things of This World 5.  Knowledge and Understanding Wisdom           6. All […]

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