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Meditation: Judging in the Kingdom

Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. This judging refers to condemning someone, not judging … Continue reading

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There’s More to the Romans Road to Salvation

In most cases of the gospel proclamation, the message preached is about entering into salvation. The Romans Road is often used to lead a person to faith in Jesus Christ. (To learn more about this method of chaining verses, see … Continue reading

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How can the Kingdom of God “suffer violence”?

In Matthew 11:12, we read an interesting aspect of the Kingdom of God: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. How is the kingdom … Continue reading

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Why is there suffering in the world?

Someone asked this question on suffering at Christianity Stack Exchange, a site where I answer questions now and then. One of the answers to this question (given by a resident of Cape Town, South Africa) was so comprehensive regarding suffering … Continue reading

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Would God punish his people in the next life?

The general idea among Christians is that since Jesus was punished for our sins, then the people of God will not face any punishment. The Bible clearly says, “Christ died for our sins.” And on the cross, Jesus said, “It … Continue reading

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The Faith to Endure Hardship

In Hebrews 11, we are introduced to a series of individuals who were known for their faith. Noah prepared an ark, expecting a flood. Abraham moved out of his country at the word of God, not knowing where he was … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Soul

What is the salvation of the soul, and what does it look like? The first few verses of 1 Peter chapter one give us a strong sense of this salvation and then concludes with, “receiving the end of your faith … Continue reading

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Book Review: When the Storm Hits

When the Storm Hits by Chuck Smith Copyright 2013 The Word for Today http://www.twft.com What do we do when the storm hits; how are we to react when the troubles come? This book reminded me of several perspectives regarding our … Continue reading

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I believe God can answer my prayers, but how can I believe he will answer them?

Some of you are praying for a loved one’s healing of a dreaded disease. Others are praying for someone’s salvation or that she will return to the Lord. However, it’s hard to believe God for the outcome if you don’t … Continue reading

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Is everything really working out for our good?

We see so many things going wrong in the world today that we wonder if God is really in control as much as people seem to believe. We suffer relationship problems, money issues, physical and mental anguish, and wonder whether … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Question That Never Goes Away, by Philip Yancey

“Why did God allow this to happen?” “Why didn’t God protect us?” “Why doesn’t a good God stop this evil?” These are all variations of the question that recurs — that never goes away —  in the aftermath of any … Continue reading

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Dying With Honor

The Bible is hard to understand in places. It’s also a thick book – who can remember it all? Therefore, many of us have ultra-simplified our theology, condensing it down to, “When I die, I go to heaven.” That’s simple … Continue reading

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Why is it that many people get into religion when they’re down on their luck and not when they’re happy and enjoying life?

People are more readily predisposed to get help when they have been devastated by some physical or emotional loss and are unsure of how to help themselves. In many cases, they will try to cope with their problem with drugs, … Continue reading

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If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t he stop all suffering?

While the four-star generals plan their theater operations in the Pentagon, the ground troops carry out the actual missions in the conflict. A company’s board of directors decide which products they will carry. However, it is the men and women … Continue reading

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Why do people say God helps them and frees them when I see them suffering all the time?

How can people say they are free when they are bound to a wheelchair, or need a seeing-eye dog to get around, or a ventilator to breathe? Perhaps we can understand by getting a glimpse into their own world. I … Continue reading

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Did God create the many parasites that kill children before they are even capable of sin?

God created every living thing. He also created a safe place for Adam and Eve to live – in the Garden of Eden. As long as man wanted to live by faith, trusting God for life, he was safe. But … Continue reading

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Why do some people want the world to end soon?

A woman dying of cancer struggles for relief. A paraplegic child longs for a cure. Parents worry about their son’s safety on the battleground. A long waiting list for a new heart or liver. Traffic accidents, burning buildings, overloaded prisons, … Continue reading

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