I am the True Vine

When Jesus says that He is the vine and His people are His branches, we understand that He is speaking in figurative language again. Jesus is not literally a vine with branches coming off Him and fruit hanging on Him, any more than that He is literally bread or a door. Rather, Jesus is drawing a figure that was very familiar to these Jewish disciples, familiar because vines were a common part of the landscape and of the farming of that day. There were many vineyards in Judea. The disciples…

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Why do we need Sunday School?

Sunday School started in the year 1780 in England, by a great individual named Robert Reiks with 12 children. Now Sunday School has spread all over the world’s churches and it should be a never ending program.So then why do we need Sunday School?Here are some points that I’ll give you: To transform the younger generation for Christ, the head of the church. If you read Luke 1:66 there is a question in that verse and it says, “What then is this child going to be?” If I ask this…

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Holy Bible. What is the Bible? How do we Know what it Says is True?

Holy Bible: To many in today’s world, the Bible is nothing more than a “history book” filled with half true facts and information. To others, the Bible is a fictitious book thrown together and updated throughout the years to give formation to Christian religiosity. The question is: “What is the Holy Bible really? And how do we know if it is factual or just a bunch of fictitious stories and information?” Simply put, the Bible is a book of stories, historical accounts, prophecies, words of wisdom, warnings and information that…

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What is Christianity? A Detailed Look

The world today is inundated with a plethora of religions, containing all kinds of different beliefs, rules, traditions and requirements. Many today look at Christianity as just another religion or religious title,  however it is much more than that. Today we’re going to take a look at the question:  “What is Christianity?” and why it is so much more than just another religion?A Christian is a person that professes belief in Jesus as being the Christ (Messiah). Therefore, Christianity is the professing belief in Jesus as the Christ and the…

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A Christmas Reflection – The True Reason for Christmas

A Christmas Reflection – The True Reason for Christmas:With Christmas only 2 days away I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed but filled with excitement for the many events and festivities that the Christmas holidays bring.  It truly is a busy time of year, it seems as though there is hardly enough time to get everything done, and before you know it Christmas is over.  However,  as I sit here and reflect on this wonderful season I can’t help but feel saddened and discouraged that the Christmas season has…

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Heaven or Hell Which One is Your Final Destination?

Let me ask you a question… If you died tonight while in your sleep would you go to Heaven or Hell?Some may answer this with a quick “Yes” but most would probably answer with “I don’t know” or “I hope so”.  The truth is that most of us naturally desire to go to heaven and if you are reading this right now there is a good possibility you don’t really know or feel confident as to where you would go should your life on this earth end.Well what if I…

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Books of the Old Testament with Summary – Continued

This is a continuation from the first post that list the Books of the old Testament in order with a brief description of what each book is about.  To see the first half of the books of the old testament you can go to the post – Books of the Old Testament with Summary. Nehemiah:King Cyrus’ cupbearer, he as a Jew is disturbed that it has been many years since the group of exiles has gone back to Judah, and yet they have not rebuilt the temple walls.  Nehemiah receives…

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The Biblical Teaching of Justification

One of the great truths of salvation is that of justification. But what is justification? The heart of the Reformation controversy was over the meaning of this word and despite the impression given by ECT, the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches are still very much at odds with one another on this issue.The Reformers claimed that the Roman Catholic Church had perverted the true biblical meaning of the term by insisting on the necessity of works and sacraments as the basis for justification. And the Roman Church charged that the…

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Get Your Free Ticket To Heaven

Do you crave good entertainment? Do you like Broadway shows, sporting events, Las Vegas spectaculars, good movies, etc? Do you pay anywhere from $10 to $250 for a ticket to attend one of these short-lived events?How about travel? Do you like visiting the exotic places of the world – Europe, Egypt, Asia, Australia, or drive the United States from coast to coast? Can you afford the price of the tickets, gas, hotels, food, etc., that goes with it? For those of you who have the money and time to constantly…

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The Bible is against abortion

I ask everyone who is thinking of having an abortion, and everyone who has no thoughts on abortion one way or the other, to take the time to read this letter. I believe abortion is the killing of the innocent. I believe abortion is parents killing their own children. I believe that in the eyes of God, abortion is the biggest sin this world is committing today.Although the word abortion does not appear in the Bible, the following scriptures prove beyond a doubt that God looks at the fetus as…

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What Is Christian Freedom?

Undoubtedly, modern Christians do not understand the meaning of Christian freedom or, ‘freedom in Christ’.  Observation tells us that this is so. We must know if we have ‘freedom’. And if we have it, we must know what it is. As with all other matters, the only final guide we have is God’s word, the Bible. At times Christians have to rely solely on conscience, but even conscience must base its actions upon God’s word.Some – no, many – think that their Christian freedom allows them to believe exactly as…

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Fear God Only: Matthew 10:28

Christians, remember that your Lord Jesus Christ made it very clear in Matthew 10:28 that we are to fear God only. We are to fear no one, and nothing but Jesus Christ alone. This is the teaching from Jesus’ own mouth.Many Christians are being tormented by fears. Some of these fears may be “logical”, but most of them are lies of the enemy, lies from the media, lies from others and lies from our own traumatized and falsely trained brains. Fears about people, places, things, situations, the past, present and…

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When The Old Self Of A Christian Flares Up

That old saying: “come as you are” to Jesus Christ is true in the sense that a person comes to Jesus as a sinner, in need of Salvation. However, after that, they must change, and be born again. Don’t let anyone ever try to deceive you into thinking that Jesus let’s someone stay the same sinful way they were before they met him (or even become worse as the new age generation want’s you to believe).Jesus says: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is…

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What Does The Bible Mean To Forgive Your Enemy or Enemies?

Jesus Christ commanded us to love and to forgive others, but how do we truly forgive those who have hurt us…especially, if they have become our enemies? What does the word “forgive” mean and how does it relate to love?Firstly, God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son; this is what love is all about. We know that Jesus Christ died for us and He does offer salvation to all. In knowing this truth, we must accept that it is possible for anyone to repent, although…

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My Identity Is In Jesus Christ

Everyone wants to feel attractive and beautiful. The ways of the world are to tear down and destroy such feelings. Through peoples comments, the way others “look down” at people, and worldly media propaganda found in movies, tv, music, etc…The enemy (the enemy of God and Christians) has programmed many things set to destroy peoples opinions of themselves. The enemy wants people to have hurt emotions, hurt feelings, bad (and sometimes evil) mental thoughts and failed self esteem in hopes that they might turn away from God. Heading towards God…

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Fall In Love With Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is real, alive and living. He’s not just a historical figure that you read about. He’s not just a God that you must choose to believe in. In the book of Revelation, Jesus calls himself a Christians “first love”.Have you fallen in love with Jesus Christ? Did you know that the more you pray and seek Jesus, the more you can find him? The more you ask him to be active in your life, the more he will be. I assure you that there are Christians who are…

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ONE PARAGRAPH: What Is Christianity Religion, About, Beliefs, Based On?

ONE PARAGRAPH: What Is Christianity Religion, About, Beliefs, Based On?Yeshua Jesus Christ, the Biblical Messiah, proclaimed that he is the only God, and proved it by speaking things and doing things that only God could do, such as walking on water, instantly calming a brutal storm, instantly healing people all around of anything whatsoever: even commanding them to come back to life from death. He also proved himself God by being the exact fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies that were given to the people (from God for thousands…

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The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)

Our own efforts; our willingness to be righteous and pure (following God’s laws), are an absolute necessity for holiness. Jesus explains this truth in his parable of the sower (found in Matthew 13:3-9 kjv). The sower is Jesus, the seed is God’s holy word (and truth); the soil is own soul.Soil by itself cannot produce fruit, it is the seed that bears the life. Likewise, our souls cannot produce spiritual life without Christ’s implantation.When we hear or read the word (of biblical truth), it is then up to us. Once…

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Atheism and Religiosity

Atheism and Religiosity:Atheists and non-Christians are tormented by Jesus Christ in a manner similar to the possessed man of Gadarenes. The unclean spirit(s) both worshipped, and yet were tormented by Jesus, proclaiming that they had nothing to do with Him (Mark 5:6-7). Similarly, all non-Christians ask: “what have I to do with thee”? The possessed man proclaimed Jesus “the Son of the most High”, a fact that atheists (and those of other religions) continue to deny. Ironically, all unbelievers do recognize the importance of Jesus while they are spending a…

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Luke 11:20-26 Spiritual Warfare And Keeping Yourself Clean Through Jesus Christ

When a sinner truly becomes a saved Christian, their sins have been taken to the cross of salvation, and they become clean. But there is much more work to do. We are taught: “..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 KJV). The body and personal environment of a saved Christian must be forever fought for in spiritual warfare, and spiritually / physically protected to remain clean.In Luke 11:20-26, Jesus gives us a most powerful, detailed explanation of the deliverance he offers, how to become protected against…

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What Is the Origin of Life?

One roadblock secular science faces is the origin of anything…and everything. For example, how did the primeval Big Bang originate? Materialists do not know and rarely even speculate. In 1859, Darwin didn’t actually address the origin of the species even though it was the title of his book. Over a century later, an evolutionist stated in a well-respected science magazine, “The origin of animals is almost as much a mystery as the origin of life itself.”1For evolution to be true, before the origin of plants, animals, and people—before any of…

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Creationism

What is Creationism? Creationism is the belief that the universe is the product of a supernatural being. Creationism has become a more pronounced worldview category since the late 1800’s when Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution gained scientific and cultural traction. Today the term “creationism” is applied to a variety of views about the origin of the universe, all of which share the belief that a supernatural being is ultimately responsible for its existence.

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Exorcism (Casting out Demons)

Exorcism is the Christian practice of casting out demons from a person they are believed to have strongly influenced or physically possessed. According to the Bible, demons are fallen angels that have been cast out of heaven to the earth (e.g. Isaiah 14:12), and whose judgment is eternal torment (e.g. 2 Peter 2:4). While demons have been sentenced, their punishment won’t be carried out until the end times (e.g. Matt. 25:41). Presently, demons oppose God and believers in subtle, and occassionally in extreme ways like possession, according to orthodox Christian…

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The Christian God

Christianity is a monotheistic religion, which means followers believe in one God. Christians believe God is the creator and sustainer of the universe (e.g. John 1:1-3, Col. 1:16-17, cf. Gen. 1:1). God is also all-powerful (or “omnipotent”), all-knowing (or “omniscient”), all-present (or “omnipresent”), and all-good (or “omnibenevolent”), according to the Bible. God’s other attributes include: holiness, righteousness, immutability (i.e. unchanging), merciful, graceful, and eternal.Additionally, Christians believe that God is comprised of three persons: (1) the Father, (2) the Son, Jesus Christ, and (3) the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is called…

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Christian Beliefs on Hell (Hades, Sheol)

In Christian theology, hell is the place where unrepentant sinners go after this life. The Bible describes hell as eternal (Jude 7, 12-13) and punitive (e.g. Matt. 23:32, 2 Pet. 2:4). Hell is further described as a place of fire (e.g. Matt. 25:41), although there isn’t consensus among Christians as to whether that imagery is intended to be literal or figurative. According to Jesus, hell was originally intended for the devil and fallen angels (cf. Matt. 25:41). According to a Gallup Poll, 70% of Americans believe in hell. Belief in…

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Christian Beliefs in Demons

In Christian belief, the spiritual beings created by God called “angels” (meaning “messengers”) were created good (cf. Gen. 1:31). Angels, however, were created with a free will like human beings and so were able to make good or bad choices. According to the Bible, some of the angels God created made bad choices, rebelled against him, and were banished from heaven as a result (cf. Is. 14:12, Luke 10:18, Rev. 12:3-9). Fallen angels are called demons (e.g. Matt. 15:22, Mark 7:26). The Bible teaches that demons are evil in that…

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Why Christians Should Believe in a Global Flood

The Biblical Flood in the days of Noah has become a great divide between two watersheds of belief. On the one hand there are those who say it is either a purely mythological event or else possibly a local or regional flood. This group includes practically all evolutionists, but it also includes the “old-earth creationists.”These all accept the so-called geological ages as the approved record of Earth history, recognizing that a global hydraulic cataclysm would have destroyed any evidence for such geological ages. The geological ages concept and a worldwide…

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What Does the Bible Say about Gambling?

What Does the Bible Say? Obviously, Americans spend an enormous amount of money gambling, yet the issue is always controversial. Whenever a new jurisdiction seeks to add gambling, there is always a controversy. Christians are often the most vocal opponents of these measures, which usually pass anyway.It is interesting that the Bible does not speak directly to the issue of gambling. None of the 10 Commandments state “Thou shalt not gamble.” Jesus did not address the issue in the Sermon on the Mount, and Paul didn’t write at length about…

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How to Help a Missionary Returning from the Field

My son returned to the United States recently from living four years on the mission field. Needless to say, he came home to mom and dad’s house with a depleted bank account and a temporary job. Fortunately, he is a young, single man with no obligations other than himself. Other missionaries return home with families to consider.When we lived in Florida, our home church supported an organization that helped returning missionaries. They provided temporary housing, clothing, food, furniture, and more, to help the family get a start back in the…

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How to Increase Your Joy & Decrease Your Spending This Christmas

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. – Isaiah 9:6Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for Christians.  We exchange gifts with family & friends to show our love and appreciation.  If your shopping list is growing into a financial or time-consuming burden, get creative this year!Be Proactive The Never-ending CycleDo you have a friend that always remembers you with a wonderful gift every December, causing you to feel obligated even if your budget is tight or you have no idea what to…

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