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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Basic Christian Life

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Basic Christian Life Christian : As disciples of Jesus Christ, we want to live the Christian life in a way which pleases Jesus. Someone has said, “The Christian life is not difficult, it is impossible.” We cannot live pleasing to God on our own strength. A supernatural life must be lived by the power of the supernatural Holy Spirit. However, living a supernatural, God-pleasing life does not mean throwing our brains out the window! We have to study and learn what it is that pleases God and then cooperate with…

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Babies Bible Verses: 18 Bible Verses about Babies

Babies Bible Verses: Babies Bible Verses: Through scripture we can gain an idea of how God views babies – they are his creations, and are therefore a blessing to us all. Use these Bible Verses for a better understanding of God’s view of babies, and also for inspiration for blessing the births of new borns. Encourage parents to be, an expecting mom, and family with Scripture that celebrates new life! Deuteronomy 11:9 9 and so that you may live long in the land the LORD swore to your ancestors to give…

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Anger Bible Verses: 18 Bible Verses about Anger

Anger Bible Verses: Anger Bible Verses: Bible Verses About Anger – Get a biblical perspective on dealing with anger and how to handle emotions. Read Bible quotes about being angry and not sinning. Discover how to live free from the control of anger. Ephesians 4:26-31 26 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with…

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Fire comes down from heaven

Chapter 7 Fire comes down from heaven – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 v1 When Solomon had finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven. The fire burned up the *sacrifice by fire and the other *sacrifices. And the *LORD’s *glory filled the *temple. v2 The priests could not enter the *LORD’s *temple, because the *LORD’s *glory filled it. v3 All the *Israelites saw the fire that came down from heaven. And they saw the *LORD’s *glory above the *temple. They bent down on the footpath with their faces to the ground. They *worshipped and…

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God takes Elijah to heaven

Chapter 2 God takes Elijah to heaven God had promised Elijah that Elisha would continue his work (1 Kings 19:16). In this chapter is the end of Elijah’s work as a *prophet. But there is also the beginning of Elisha’s work as a *prophet. Because of Elijah’s work, there were now groups of people in *Israel who were loyal to God. Elisha would make those believers stronger. And he would deal with some of the troubles that remained in that country. v1 The time came when the *Lord would take…

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3 Beautiful Truths Every Divorced Christian Needs to Know

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Dear Divorced Christian, That term still stings, doesn’t it? It seems as if people everywhere want you to wear a large, scarlet letter “D” around your neck. Every form you complete asks if you are divorced or widowed, not just single or married. You are often scorned by the church because of your past. You feel as if you are a total and complete failure.

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God in Gaza

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Three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting left Gaza’s beleaguered Christian community beginning 2009 in their worst situation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.”We as Palestinian Christians are very saddened to see those on both sides killed from bombing and rockets lobbed back and forth, but Israel has exaggerated their response,” said Hanna Massad, exiled pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, the only evangelical congregation in the 25-mile coastal strip. “We weep for the Israelis who have died, but the suffering is much more on the Gazans.”The January 18 ceasefire ended a 22-day Israeli…

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Does the Bible Predict the Destruction of Syria?

Over the last few weeks, I have been asked many times if I believe that the prophecy recorded in Isaiah 17 refers to Syria today, since the text predicts the total destruction of Damascus, the ancient and modern capital of the nation.In principle, I have no problem with the concept that ancient biblical prophecies can refer to contemporary events, since it’s clear that there are many prophecies still to be fulfilled, including the future world war against Jerusalem. (See Zechariah 12 and 14.)But it’s obvious from the historical context that…

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Every Christian Should Desire the Gift of Prophecy

At the present time, an increasing number of Christians worldwide are accepting that the gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Cor 12:8-10 are available today, and that God wants His people to seek them from Him. These Christians, among whom I include myself, are known as continuists (or sometimes continuationists). Other Christians, those who claim that these gifts ceased to be available around the time that the New Testament was completed, are known as cessationists. One of the areas of debate between continuists and cessationists concerns the gift…

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Am I Just A Christian

An article appeared several months ago in Truth Magazine entitled “Is It Possible To Be Just A Christian?”  I want to answer that question,  but from a different standpoint.  The author brings out the point that people of the world consider themselves and others as Christians because the affiliate themselves with a particular religious organization other than the church that we read about in the New Testament.  A well written article by brother Heath Rogers dismissing that claim by correctly stating,  “the preaching of the apostles did not produce Catholics, …

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7 Ways Christian Business Leaders Can Conquer Worry

Know that feeling when you’re overwhelmed, frustrated, and worried about your work?Well, of course you do! We all do.But, I’m convinced that worry is one of the most devastating hindrances to success for entrepreneurs and business leaders, both personally and professionally.Think about it. You’re running out of money, your customer base isn’t growing quickly enough, and your original sense of vision and excitement becomes dampened. It could be because of multiple roadblocks, or things just not working as you anticipated and as fast as you hoped.You may sense you can’t…

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Feelings, Emotions and Christian Truth

We are living in a very interesting time in the history of the Christian Church. While the teaching and preaching of biblical doctrinal truth should be, according to Scripture, our primary emphasis, human feelings and spiritual experience has assumed center stage. Many modern Christians seek a church that provides a positive experience rather than one that stands for doctrinal truth. Preachers today in order to appeal to these “modern” Christians, offer principles for experiencing the Christian life rather than the doctrinal presentation of sin and grace. Worship has become an…

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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 Christian Family: Teach Your Children God’s Ways

 If you are one of God’s people, you are a vessel God is using to preserve truth. God preserves His truth and love for His ways in the hearts of people. He preserves His truth across time, from generation to generation.This principle is so important that God commanded the nation of Israel: “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine . . . You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down,…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

 “What’s your religion?” said the firm, authoritative voice. The sergeant’s eyes remained fixed on his clipboard waiting for my response. The Army induction center didn’t seem like the place that I would be confronted with spiritual questions, but religious preference was a standard question asked of every inductee. It would be stamped on my dog tags, I suppose to guide funeral services if I were killed in combat. I hesitated briefly from answering… knowing that I had not attended church for several years. But I began to think… “I must…

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5 Tips for A Great Christian Marriage

Marriage truly is an incredible blessing from God and can bring many times of happiness, joy and companionship.  However for those of us who are married we also realize that marriage is hard and requires a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication in order to keep your marriage strong.  There are too many out there today that simply give up because they don’t have the will to fight for the blessing that God has given them.  For most it is much easier to walk away and forget about it…

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What Does The Bible Say About Christian Working Moms?

I have received many heartfelt emails from women asking me, “Where in the Bible does it say, a woman cannot work outside the home?” Another comment, where are scriptural articles that do not condemn? I often quickly reply the Bible does not say a woman cannot work outside the home. Many of the women in the Bible were leaders among women and men. Deborah was basically a military commander.Let’s look at the Proverbs 31 woman. This woman is often held up as the prime example of a Godly woman. Here…

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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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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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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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Early Christian Representations of Angels

Angels were seldom represented in Christian art before Constantine. The oldest fresco in which an angel appears is the Annunciation scene (second century) of the cemetery of St. Priscilla. A third-century painting of the same subject was discovered by Wilpert in the cemetery of Sts. Peter and Marcellinus; in both representations the Archangel Gabriel is depicted in human form, robed in tunic and pallium. The “Good Angel” (angelus bonus) of the fourth-century syncretistic fresco representing the judgment of Vibia is also depicted in human form, dressed as a sacred personage.…

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Is Life Insurance a Waste of Money?

Have you ever bought something that didn’t do what you wanted it to do? It’s frustrating when something doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to right out of the box.When reality doesn’t meet our expectations, we get disappointed.So when I heard a 50-year-old man complaining that he wasted 20 years of his life paying into a term life insurance policy, I couldn’t help but think: Is life insurance a waste of money, or did he just not have the right expectations going into it?What Good is Life Insurance?Not everyone needs…

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The Death of a Parent May Be Hard

With the death of a parent (and really, of any close family member), a strange “silence”, or “heavy fog”, may irresistibly descend upon, and eerily engulf, one’s thinking and perception. Life is no longer viewed nor experienced in quite the same way—when the dust eventually settles, a “town” may take on a different hue. It can’t be the same—a major life reference point, and grounding, has irretrievably vanished. With the crashing reality of the demise of one’s parent—the person who was organically responsible for one’s own existence (forging fixed blood-ties)—the…

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“Why are there so many Christian denominations?”

To answer this question, we must first differentiate between denominations within the body of Christ and non-Christian cults and false religions. Presbyterians and Lutherans are examples of Christian denominations. Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are examples of cults (groups claiming to be Christian but denying one or more of the essentials of the Christian faith). Islam and Buddhism are entirely separate religions.The rise of denominations within the Christian faith can be traced back to the Protestant Reformation, the movement to “reform” the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century, out of…

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A Mother-Daughter Battle

“I love Betty very much and she knows it. But why is she so rebellious? Mrs. Grant asked me.This mother was a sincere Christian, and her teen-age daughter had been a continual object of her prayers. She could not get Betty to study, do a chore right, get along with her brother, or even eat properly. It was a mother-daughter battle, and it terribly distressed Mrs. Grant. “It’s been very trying, believe me,” she said. “In coming to you, I thought you might help.”Probing for the cause of the festering…

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Philippians: A Manual for Christian Entrepreneurs

If you haven’t read the book of Philippians in a while, take 10 minutes and read it. It’s only four chapters and I promise it will encourage you today.A little background of the book: Paul is writing to a group of believers in Philippi, a military city and Roman colony with very few believers in Christ. Paul’s letter is full of encouragement, instruction and wisdom – all of which will benefit Christian entrepreneurs who read through the book. Maybe it’s because Paul was an entrepreneur himself, making tents to support…

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