Do Vaccines Violate The Christian Faith?

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Do Vaccines Violate The Christian Faith?   Vaccines : Most Christians I know have never given this issue much of a thought, and it is not because they don’t understand the Bible. You can be a Bible Scholar and still not understand why vaccination violates Christianity because you also need to understand vaccines in depth, starting with ingredients. I want to start by saying that I am not presenting this information because I think I have some edge on the Christian Faith, some insight into the Bible that is unique and profound,…

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How to Distinguish a True Christian from a Hypocrite

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How to Distinguish a True Christian from a Hypocrite Distinguish : How can you tell whether you’re a genuine believer or a false professor? One of the best books describing the true nature of conversion is The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie. The great Puritan theologian John Owen highly commended it and wrote, “The author [of The Christian’s Great Interest] I take to have been one of the greatest divines that ever wrote; it is my Vade-mecum [that is, “handbook”], and I carry it and the Sedan New Testament,…

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CHRISTMAS SANTA CLAUS

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today, and discover how two New Yorkers–Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast–were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each Christmas Eve. THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS The legend of…

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On What Day Was Jesus Born?

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On What Day Was Jesus Born? While much of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December, can the actual day of Jesus’ birth be determined from scripture? This question will be explored in some detail, and will yield a result that is quite intriguing. The first passage we will consider begins with the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias: Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his…

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Your Believing Affects Your Receiving

In Mark 9:23, Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” According to this and other verses in the Bible, what you believe determines what you receive from the Lord. In other words, your believing affects your receiving. Notice I said that your believing affects your receiving. Your receiving isn’t based on another person’s faith; it’s based on your faith. And just hearing someone else preach the Word won’t give you faith to receive unless you get into the Word for yourself.

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Why We Can Stand on God’s Promises

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This afternoon I’d like to address a topic that touches all of us from time to time. I’d like to ask you this question. Anyone here ever had a promise made to you and had that promise broken? I think we’re all in that same boat, aren’t we? It can start as early as just a young child growing up. Promises are made by parents to the child and the child is all excited and waiting for it and all of a sudden, oh it doesn’t happen. Then the child…

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The Key to Praying Effectively

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When I pray with my kids, I can tell their minds are somewhere else.  They might have their eyes closed, but talking to God is the very last thing on their minds.  I guess for us adults, some things never change.Years ago I read a quote by Mother Teresa.  When asked what she says when she prays she answered, “I listen”.  When asked what God says, she responded, “He listens”.All too often, I look at prayer only as presenting my requests before God.  After all, that is exactly what He…

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How to Seek God’s Will

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Many leaders are imploring us to pray for God’s help. Indeed we should. But let’s be realistic enough to realize that God will hear us only if we are willing to hear Him.The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was a horrible act of violence by religious extremists. Their acts are unconscionable. Nevertheless leaders from all nations are warning that more violent acts of terrorism may come. They caution us that, though now few in number, these furtive enemies of Western civilization are intelligent, cunning and capable.…

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The Many Forms of Prayer

Last year I went on a spiritual retreat during Holy Week. It was the first time in years I had set aside time to be still and know God. For four days, I was completely unplugged—no cell phone, no laptop. Except for the two or three short guided group conversations throughout each day, it was just me, my Bible, and my journal.The first day I tried to quiet myself and get my brain into prayer mode. Instead, I fell asleep for several hours and woke up in time for dinner.…

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Power Faith: The Power Of Faith

Power Faith: faith has awesome power. Faith has the power to shape your words, thoughts, and actions. Power Faith has the power to remove things out of your life and bring things into your life. By faith you receive from God. Before you receive from God you first have to have faith that it is so before you see it so. God requires you to believe before you see. For instance the Bible says “By whose stripes ye were healed.” You have to believe that before you see that. Like the…

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The Lord God Is A Continuous Healer

How often does it seems that just when our “today” joy surprisingly tends to surpass a little further the last clasp of despair in which we’ve become accustomed, the last heartbreak, the last goodbye to a love one, loss of a job, divorce, rebellious behavior of a child, the doctor’s final report suggesting we return home and begin to get our households in order; how soon does another heart wrenching incident finds way to take place again. If we calculated it in the matter of days, seconds, minutes there’s probability…

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God Has No Favorites

Why don’t some people believe their faith in God will work? I know from experience that a lot of people have faith in my faith and in the faith of others. But they don’t have confidence that their own faith in God will work. For some reason, they don’t believe in themselves. The reason for their unbelief is that they don’t know what the Bible teaches about who they are in Christ. They need to find out.Some people think they’re not “good enough” for their faith to work. Some feel…

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How to Spend an Hour in Prayer

“An hour? How could I pray for an hour? I’d run out of things to say!”Praying for an hour is like sitting down in a restaurant with a friend, rather than ordering a cheeseburger and chocolate shake at the drive-up window. Somehow, as you sip coffee together, you find a lot of things to say. And, it’s a whole lot more satisfying than a wave and a “Hi-how-are-you?”But if talking to God for that long seems intimidating, it’s probably because we’re still learning just to share ourselves with Him as…

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God’s Comfort

I remember getting together with Al and his wife at dinner one Saturday night. The next Saturday night, my wife and I were in a funeral home because Al’s wife was in a coffin. This was one of the first times that anybody truly close to us died.Al came running to me, looking distraught and frustrated. He said with such pleading eyes, “Henry, tell me something I need to hear.”I had the time that it takes to walk from the coffin to a couch to figure out what to tell…

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Walking in the Steps of Faithful Abraham

For those of you who were here last week, you will remember we covered the story of Abraham. In the Bible, Abraham is referred to as an example of faith, and you find that Abraham believed God and his belief translated into action. He did something. When God asked him to do something, he didn’t say, “Well, I believe,” and didn’t do anything. Whatever God asked him to do, he did it. There are a number of men in the Bible that God inspired the writers of scripture to point…

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God is Healing Our Land

Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid.– Romans 3:3-4 Faith-filled words. That’s what changes things. They’ll move mountains into the sea. They’ll turn sickness into health. They’ll turn a sinner into a saint.They’ll also take a sin-ridden nation and turn it into God’s own country. That’s right. Then, if we believers would back up the prayers we’ve been praying for this nation with words of faith instead of doubt and discouragement, we’d soon begin to see spiritual resurrection in the United States.God promised us that…

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Attuning to God’s Presence and Calling

“Now Faith,” wrote C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, “is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” 1In the second published Narnia book, Prince Caspian, Lewis further explored questions of faith, as well as God’s calling, through two recurring characters: Aslan the lion and Lucy Pevensie.Readers of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will no doubt recall both characters. In the book Lucy encounters Aslan for the first time, while in Prince Caspian she returns to Narnia, but Aslan,…

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A Guide to True Beauty

The Proverbs 31:10-31 woman is a model of a woman who lives a godly life. It is practical advice given by a mother to her single son about what to look for in a future wife. Therefore, it is advice for single women as well as married women. I was single for over twenty years of my adult life. Now I am married so I might be able to offer insights for both single and married women.Most of all, this idyllic icon is a woman who decides to learn and grow in…

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The Love Myth

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (Matt 22:36)An “expert in religious law,” backed up by the Pharisees, poses this seemingly innocent question to Jesus in an attempt to trap Him. Will He agree that some laws are greater than others? Jesus’ answer thwarts their expectations and overturns their religiosity:“ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Matt…

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How to Create Spiritual Whitespace in Your Life

Just as whitespace on a page or screen creates beauty by giving your eyes a place to rest, spiritual whitespace – places to enjoy soul rest with God – can give you a beautiful life of peace, joy, and confidence.You can heal from the stress and pain that clutters your life by intentionally creating more spiritual whitespace. God will meet you in that whitespace and awaken your soul with rest, making something beautiful out of you.Here’s how you can create spiritual whitespace in your life: Open your heart to experience…

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Bible True. Is the Bible True? What can be proved?

Bible True: At the beginning of this book, I laid out some guiding questions that I have tried to follow carefully and objectively throughout this investigation: In light of the conflicting claims and the often equivocal evidence of modern scholarship, what can be known about the Bible? What can be proved? What is reasonable for modern readers to believe about its authority, its authenticity, and its reliability as a historical witness? In subsequent pages I inquired into the Bible’s genre and the credibility of its sources, examined archaeological evidence and…

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The key to a solid relationship with God through prayer

How’s your prayer life? A common thing I hear is that people’s prayer lives aren’t what they want them to be. People find prayer hard for various reasons…. busyness, not knowing what to pray, etc. So, what are the keys to a solid relationship with God through prayer?The book of Psalms has been titled by many as “a book of prayers”. When looking into the Psalms we are looking into a number of relationships with God through prayer. The first Psalm sets the foundation of a fruitful believer who prays.

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I Was a Failure at Prayer

Ever since I became a Christian, I’ve worried about praying. Should I pray to God the Father? To Jesus? To the Comforter God sent to advocate for us after Jesus left our world? Should I favor unmistakably sacred topics—gratitude, praise, others’ salvation—over my daily worries and complaints? And how, precisely, does one go about conversing with someone not physically present?Expert advice on prayer abounds. At the Christian university where I teach, chapel speakers promote everything from praying directly from Scripture to “just being quiet and listening.” Orthodox speakers recommend the…

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Following God’s Lead in Our Prayers

Bowing my head in frustration I cried out to God, “Lord, I have no words to intercede on behalf of Mantombi. Your Holy Spirit gives me suggestions of what to pray for, but today, as I listen to you, I feel barren. I have no words.”I admired the small, delicately crafted cross serving as a bookmark in my Bible. Mantombi, a beautiful, lyrical name was written on a card attached to the cross by a gauzy gold ribbon. Mantombi. The heavyset woman’s dark, wrinkled, weathered face flashed across my mind.”What…

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How Can I be Saved by Jesus Christ?

How can Jesus Christ save me? What do we mean by this statement?Saved from what? The answer is, Death. It is an accepted fact that everyone eventually dies. Some, perhaps, die sooner than others.Yet, most people have a lingering hope that death is not the end of life altogether. Some believe that this ‘after-life’ is freely available for all regardless of any conditions; some say it is freely available to all through the name of Jesus Christ; some say it is available only through Jesus Christ and is restricted according…

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Hearing God’s Voice 101

I wish that I could give you a syllabus, prepare lectures, and let you complete a test so that you could drink it in—it being the ability to hear God’s voice. But it’s not that easy. Sometimes God invites us, like he invited Moses, into the “thick darkness” and communicates with us there. That’s what this is all about—going into the darkness and meeting God there. But before we head to those dark places, let’s lay down some general rules about how God communicates with us.

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Faith Is the Language of Heaven

We all have testimonies of different things we’ve gone through. There have been some tremendous tests! But as you probably know, tests come, basically, just to prove what you already know!In school, they didn’t just pop a test on you on the first day. They taught you first, and you learned things, and then a test was given. You didn’t learn by the test; you learned before the test. The test came to prove what you already knew.Praise God, you can be prepared for the test! No matter what test…

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Lectio Divina: God’s Word for Us

All around me people sipped steaming coffee and scrolled away on their electronic devices. They were oblivious. But I could not have sensed Jesus’ presence more clearly if he’d sat down in the chair across from me.I came alone to the coffee shop. My mission: to attempt the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina. The intimidating Latin name, combined with the suggested component of burning incense screamed weird to me when I learned about it in Sunday School, but I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that I should try it.Bible study…

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Are Birthday Celebrations Christian?

Birthday cakes. Lighted candles. Singing “Happy Birthday.” Receiving gifts. In almost every culture and nation on Earth, virtually nothing is as universally celebrated as birthdays. But is birthday-keeping biblical? Does God agree with this practice?As sure as death and taxes, all human beings are born on a particular day. Everyone has a birth date. Since God wants people to celebrate life abundantly (John 10:10), could this include celebrating birthdays? Is birthday-keeping innocent fun—or does God hate it? Does it even matter?If you bought a new computer, you would expect it…

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The Jesus Many Never See

Good afternoon, everyone; a very pleasant good afternoon to you all. This afternoon, what I’d like to do is to address a topic that is certainly very timely in our day and age as never before. Jesus makes a very clear statement to his disciples when He had called them and trained them. He told them, He said, “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, because you hear and understand.” But He said that the vast majority of individuals, they would not at that particular time be…

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