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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Friendship Bible Verses: 20 Bible Verses about Friendship

Friendship Bible Verses: Friendship Bible Verses: Bible Verses About Friendship – Read Bible passages about friendship and how friends relate to love, hurt, wounds, healing, joy, encouragement and death. The Holy Bible has many Bible verses about friendship in relation to God, Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith. 1 Corinthians 15:33 33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 2 Kings 2:2 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you…

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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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Relationship With Christ

Various words are used to illustrate different truths of the gospel. In our previous study, we looked at the word justification, which comes from a law-court setting, and redemption, which comes from a financial setting. But salvation involves much more than those words can convey. Scripture also uses several other terms. In this study we will examine some of the words that describe our relationship with God and Christ. 1. Before we had faith in Jesus Christ, we were alienated from God, cut off from him. Whether we thought of…

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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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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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4 Principles to Spark Explosive Financial Success

Many families come together each Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s freedoms. Freedoms our forefathers fought diligently to protect and maintain for all future generations of Americans. My family’s July Fourth tradition, like many, involves a day spent with family and friends playing games, grilling, and enjoying one another’s company. It always culminates with an explosive fireworks display set to a number of patriotic songs.For the past three summers my family has spent the holiday in a quaint little town in Montana. As locals gather decked out in their…

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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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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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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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The faith of Christ

Way back in the 50’s a debate started regarding the translation of certain key passages in Paul that had to do with justification by faith. The question was whether or not we should translate these passages as referring to Christ’s faith or to ours. Of course, most post-reformation translations take these passages as obvious references to our faith in Christ. In the Greek language, however, the construction could be translated either as a subjective genitive (Christ’s faith) or as an objective genitive (our faith in Christ). Interestingly, the King James…

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Resurrection and Easter Faith

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the single event upon which the truth of Christianity rises or falls.This study of the resurrection begins by surveying the concept of resurrection from the dead from its earliest mentions in the Old Testament through Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings about resurrection. Then it examines at the accounts in each of the four gospels to determine exactly what took place that Easter morning. It surveys five alternate explanations of the resurrection and why none provides an adequate explanation for the New Testament accounts. It…

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Faith – What is Faith and Why is it Important?

Faith is normally associated with religious views is therefore not bothered to be truly understood by many, but what is faith and why is it importantAccording to Webster’s dictionary, faith can be defined as:a) “a firm belief in something for which there is no proof; a  complete trust.”b) allegiance or duty to a personThe Truth about Faith?There are really in my opinion two meanings to describe Faith.1. The first being:  “a strong expression of trust or belief in someone or something where there is a lack of proof for that…

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The Inner Rub of Being “Here”… “Now”

In our more sober moments of personal, existential reflection, we may bitingly realize, at least from an earthly point of view, that life, at best, is a gnawing, impenetrable mystery, filled with curveless circles and silent sounds—-clearly paradoxical and callously taunting—-deceptively offering a mirage of a familiar, well-travelled road, but persistently serving up a speedway on which we are seemingly careening out of control at every turn and bend, tightly squeezing between converging cement walls on a grease slick route. (Sounds a little melodramatic, eh? Perhaps, but nonetheless true). Perplexing,…

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Trusting God

In the days following Harry Chase’s fatal heart attack, many of the 5,000 people of Arlington were saying that Sybil, his wife, would get along all right. She was resourceful, attractive, well liked. And Harry, a leading figure in Arlington’s business community, had undoubtedly made adequate financial provision for her and their three young children.But three days after their church’s biggest funeral in years, the facts began leaking out–Harry Chase had left his family penniless. He had spent all that he had, even mortgaging his home and business, on another…

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The Temptation of Self-Centeredness

It is important to accept responsibility for your life. However, once you do that, you will be tempted to backtrack, to lay the blame for your ups and downs, your troubles and defeats at someone else’s door. But don’t become discouraged here – or misled. Temptation is something you hold in common with all people. And it too is something you must meet with whatever resources you have and be responsible for your response to it.In advance of a temptation you must make up your mind not to yield to…

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Putting Faith into Action

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”The way to put our faith into action is so obvious, that sometimes…

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How Can I Be Prepared To Defend My Faith?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed about defending the truth of Christianity? It seems like there’s a lot of information to remember! Philosophy is complicated. Sometimes apologetics feels like math (with apologies to my readers who find math easy and enjoyable).In my cultural context, the default, assumed position is that atheism is true and Christianity is false. So everyone assumes the burden of proof is on me to show otherwise. That makes my job a lot harder.Having read widely and deeply on these subjects for over a decade, I think atheism…

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Work In Fear And Faith

We often unintentionally block financial blessings by letting fear keep us from trying or by placing our faith in things other than God and His promises.  The story of Isaac’s first harvest gives us an example of how hard work done in faith can put us in a position to receive God’s blessing.  This article reveals the rewards God has established and promised for those who work hard…and those who don’t. Faith Receiving A Blessing:

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The Marriage I Almost Lost and the Diamond I Discovered

Fear almost cost me my marriage. No, divorce was never an option; at least in the legal sense. But we were divorced in an emotional sense. Did you know that you can be emotionally divorced from your spouse? When trust is injured, vulnerability wounded and intimacy scarce, emotional divorce occurs.Like a small turtle who crept out of his shell cautiously but quickly retracted when met with the harsh elements of his environment, so were my husband and I during a tumultuous time of our marriage.The birth of our first baby was just weeks away.…

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The Core Necessity of Faith

One of God’s all-time greatest gifts is imagination. We’ve all got it, but some of the more analytical-rational-sequential types just may not have unwrapped it yet.So, let’s take it out for a spin.Imagination is a core necessity for faith. If you can’t imagine God doing great things, wondrous things, unexpected things, impossible things, then your faith has nothing to build on; it’s limited and so is God. Remember, even Jesus was limited by the absence of faith.Perhaps that’s why I love the MercyMe song, “I Can Only Imagine.”

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When Your Children Reject the Faith

I’ve been hearing from a lot of parents whose teens are rejecting their faith.  The stories are all terrifically painful but they tend to represent different variations on the following theme.The other day my son/daughter was refusing to go to Church.  S/he told me that s/he doesn’t believe ‘all that stuff’ anymore.  We had a huge fight about it.  I don’t understand.  I never had any problems before.  When s/he was little, s/he loved to go to Church.   S/he was an altar server (lector, choir member)!  Why is s/he being so stubborn all of a…

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Faith and Love Go Hand in Hand

I wonder if it has ever struck you in reading the New Testament how often faith and love are mentioned in the same breath. Again and again you find that where the one is the other is as well. Let me give you some examples.In one place, Paul declares that ‘we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers . . . because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing’ (2 Thess. 1:3). Writing to Philemon, the…

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How to increase Your Faith

In teaching on the subject of faith, it is important to show people from the Scriptures that God has not blessed one person with more faith than He has blessed someone else. Folks often see someone prospering according to the Word, whether in his health, his finances, his family, and so forth, and they get the mistaken impression that God must have given that person more faith. So the first thing I want you to know is this: Every believer has been given a measure—the same measure—of the God-kind of…

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Love and Faith

What Love Does John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (emphasis added)God’s love gives to the world, so that they can have faith in Him.When we operate in God’s love we give. Walking in God’s love is God’s motivation to change the world, to endure all obstacles, and to exhibit his will to the world.I John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another,…

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Is God’s Giving of Faith Conditional or Unconditional?

Is God’s Giving of Faith Conditional or Unconditional?If God ‘gives’ faith – outside of any action or effort on our part – why then does He rebuke those who do not have faith?Matthew 17:14-20When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. “I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not…

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BIBLE LEADERS OF FAITH: Ups and downs

So many times people will criticize others when they have never walked in their shoes.  How many times have you heard sermons that harshly chastise certain heroes of the faith who faltered or failed in a way that made the speaker seem more spiritual than these great men?  While we can judge actions against the Word of GOD as being either good or evil, we must be careful about viewing other’s vices in comparison with our own lives.  Others may have been through more tests, trials, and temptations than us due…

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Is Sunday School Teaching Our Kids Real Faith?

Sunday school has been a fixture of American Christianity for many years. Since its birth during Great Britain’s industrial revolution, Sunday School has become about as sacred as pews and stained glass. In spite of its importance and high regard, we would do well to rethink the importance and place of Sunday School in today’s church.Where We’re Going in This Article My purpose in this article is not to bash Sunday School. There’s no good in haranguing against something, especially something as undeniably positive as Sunday School! Sunday School is…

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Handing on the Faith

 In our family, we have a tradition. Every evening, my wife and I (sometimes one of us, sometimes both) go into the children’s bedrooms, make the sign of the cross on our kids’ foreheads and bless them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It has become a last sign of love for the day, a fixed point in a hectic, crazy and painful world. No matter how things went at school, no matter whether they were rotters or angels, no matter what, they know…

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The Eucharist, Our Faith & Life

And though a single thread of God’s sacramental grace has the instrumental power to incorporate a soul into the Body of Christ, it is lamentable to forego the orchestral truth conveyed by all the sacraments woven in concert throughout the fabric of a human life. The saints give witness to the holy beauty that radiates from the fullness of the Faith lived out through the embrace of the sacramental life completed by the Blessed Sacrament.The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic Faith. It is the sovereign of…

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