Which Is the True Gospel?

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Jesus commanded, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But exactly what is it that we—YOU—are supposed to believe? Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? Be careful of assumptions. For instance, did Christ teach the same gospel that Paul preached to the gentiles? And what does the word “gospel” mean anyway?The vast majority of professing Christians do not know the vital—all-important—answers to these most basic questions, and many others related to the true gospel of the Bible! This is because the knowledge of…

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The Good News About Sin

Isn’t it amazing that Jesus Christ came into this world to die for our sins? But it seems that in our society today the word “sin” has disappeared from our vocabulary, hasn’t it? Nobody knows what sin is. We think it’s a bad word. People have got enough trouble without making them sinful on top of it! But being aware of our sins is one of the most important lessons we can learn if we want to experience peace. And that’s actually pretty good news, because sin is easily dealt…

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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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Can Christians Know the Date of Christ’s Return?

I thought after his book 1994?, wherein Harold Camping prophesied that Jesus was coming back in 1994, that we had heard the last of Camping.Well, I was wrong. He’s back and He’s got a new date. According to Harold Camping of Family Radio Worldwide, and thousands of his followers, the Rapture of the church is going to occur on May 21, 2011, followed by God’s judgment on the world and then the destruction of the planet on October 21, 2011.[1]Harold Camping of course is not the first to make predictions…

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Is Jesus Really Michael the Archangel?

According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, “Jesus is not God and never claimed to be” (“Should You Believe…?,” 2000). Rather, Jesus can be understood “from the scriptures to be Michael the Archangel” (The Watchtower, 1979, p. 29). “Michael the great prince is none other than Jesus Christ himself,” they allege (The Watchtower, 1984, p. 29). The May 15, 1969 issue of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watchtower magazine suggested: “There is Scriptural evidence for concluding that Michael was the name of Jesus Christ before he left heaven and after his return” (p. 307). Where…

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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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The Devil and His Angels

Have you ever been tempted to do something that you know you shouldn’t do? Have you ever experienced an inner desire — a silent voice within you — suggesting that you do something, and that no one will ever know? What prompts us to have these feelings, or to do things that we somehow know that we shouldn’t do?The devil, or Satan, is usually the one who gets the blame. There are many people that live in constant fear of the devil, and there are many people that are convinced…

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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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How To Start a New Life

Some people walk through life successfully grasping opportunities. Others of us, like me, trip through life, off-balanced by relationships or addictions or chaotic events we don’t foresee. For example, I made the mistake of mixing a hard drunken stupor with my first night of romance. All I remember was the guy shaking my shoulders telling me it was time to go home. And then there was the night of one dumb discussion about fake ID’s, a fifth of Tequila, and three girlfriends. Tina pledged designated caregiver for two soon-to-be drunks.…

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What is the Gospel?

Introduction:Some call it the Gospel. Others, the Good News. And some, the Evangel. Regardless of the designation, the “Gospel” is passed around by a variety of churches and sects. One hears it in the preaching of tele-evangelists, or reads it in a wide-range of writings. For many the word “Gospel” has become a simplistic statement unclearly referring to Jesus as a person. What is the “Gospel”? Not everyone gives the same answer. One group will answer that it is the good news that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874 or 1914…

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Unlock your Blessed Life in Jesus Christ

There are many times in life where we begin to feel like things are just not going the way we planned or expected.  You may feel at times that your life doesn’t feel like it’s where it should be, leaving you feeling unhappy or unfulfilled.  Unfortunately many continue to live their lives feeling this way, not knowing how to unlock their true potential and start living the successful, fulfilling and happy life they were created for.  Truthfully anybody and everybody who is willing and has the knowledge can drop their…

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The Grace Deception – The Truth about God’s Grace

Until the fall of man, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned against Him in the garden, sin had not been present in the world. It was only after the fall that through the disobedience of Adam and Eve that sin was allowed to enter the world and satan gained dominion over the earth. It is because of this sin that we as a human race became separated from God, we became imperfect beings and began craving sinful(worldly) desires.Through the grace of God, we have been given a way…

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Does God Really Love Me?

here are times where we go through things in life that leave us battered and bruised, some of them leaving us feeling so hopeless and alone.  There are points during these times of extreme adversity or trials that we can begin to question whether or not God really loves us.  We begin to doubt our faith and doubt God’s ability to help us or even His desire to want to help us.“Does God Really Love me?”Despite all that you may be going through in your life right now, I can…

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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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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 a Protestant?”

A Protestant is a Christian who belongs to one of the many branches of Christianity that have developed out of the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther in 1517. Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses “protested” against unbiblical teachings and traditions in the Roman Catholic Church, and many Europeans joined his protest. New churches were founded outside of the Catholic Church’s control. The major movements within the Protestant Reformation include the Lutheran Church and the Presbyterian Church (largely associated with John Knox). The Anabaptist or Free Church movement is considered…

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“Why is the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ so important?”

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in history, providing irrefutable evidence that Jesus is who He claimed to be – the Son of God. The resurrection was not only the supreme validation of His deity; it also validated the Scriptures, which foretold His coming and resurrection. Moreover, it authenticated Christ’s claims that He would be raised on the third day (John 2:19-21; Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). If Christ’s body was not resurrected, we have no hope that ours will be (1 Corinthians 15:13, 16). In…

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Making Mankind for Marriage

Genesis 2 contains the detailed account of God’s creation of mankind and marriage. In this dual event God provided a model of things to come. The earthly marriage of Adam and Eve in the past is an illustration of Christ’s union with the church in the future (Ephesians 5:32). To help us understand this heavenly mystery, God gave us marriage to demonstrate what it is going to be like when we gather at the second coming of Christ and are united with Him. In this life, men and women are…

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How God Saved Me

I was converted to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ fifty-six years ago in January 1957. I had good parents and a stable home but neither my parents, nor I, nor my younger sister Ann, had any true knowledge of God before that date. My religious life amounted to saying private prayers in bed at night before going to sleep. Church attendance, family worship, grace before eating our meals was no part of our life.About the age of fifteen I, along with two other boys whom I was friendly…

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The Sweetness of God

In recent weeks I have been reading Augustine’s Confessions. It is a great and compelling read, a 300-page prayer that illuminates Augustine’s search for God and for life. As I read the opening chapters I was struck by a word that Augustine regularly uses and that had not registered with me before. Again and again as he speaks to God, Augustine calls him his ‘sweetness’ (or ‘delight’). I began to note every time Augustine used this word, and other similar affectional terms. He also speaks of God’s majesty and sovereignty…

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‘This Is Our Beloved’

‘This Is Our Beloved’Sometimes reading a Puritan author can take you into another world. The Puritans are not always the easiest of men to read, though the difficulty is often over-hyped. However, what follows is essentially an extract from the Works of John Owen, Volume 2, pages 77-78.1 He has been expounding the Christian’s communion with Christ, showing from the Song of Songs how surpassingly excellent he is. Owen wants us to see and to feel the grace and loveliness of our Saviour. Take the time to read the lengthy…

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Joy In The Lord

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  God, the Lord is my strength! With the Advent season in our midst, and the anticipation of the great celebration of the birth of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, whose divinity and humanity were perfectly manifested through the power of God.  This celebration commemorates the beginning of hope for mankind, Christ the magnificent ray of light, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary is born in a manger in the town…

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The Pre-Eminence Of The Lord Jesus Christ

God has exalted him and bestowed upon him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.In Matthew 3:17, God’s voice from heaven statesThis is my Son whom I love.John 3:31 statesHe who comes from above is above all.John 13:13states You call me Teacher and Lord; and rightly so, for that is what I am.In 1…

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The hiddenness of God

The hiddenness of God:Why isn’t God more obvious? This question is often asked in many ways and in many contexts. When prayers go unanswered, why is God silent? When suffering or tragedy strikes, why would God allow this to happen? When struggling over the countless millions who do not know about God revealed in Jesus Christ, why wouldn’t God want more people to know this great, good news? When all the “evidence” seems to counter the biblical narrative, why doesn’t God just give a sign? When God was revealed through…

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THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

1. The Sacrament.—In the course of our study of the principles and ordinances of the Gospel, as specified in the fourth of the Articles of Faith, the subject of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper[510] very properly claims attention, the observance of this ordinance being required of all who have become members of the Church of Christ through compliance with the requirements of faith, repentance, and baptism by water and by the Holy Ghost.

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Jesus Christ Does Want to Heal You

If all of the above verses are showing us that it was the will of God the Father to want to heal His chosen people back in the Old Testament – then the next set of verses will be showing us that it was also the will of Jesus Christ to heal when He was walking in the New Testament.If God the Father was constantly healing His people back in the Old Testament when they were walking right with Him – then it should come as no surprise that His…

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BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST

To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’ Jesus replied, ‘ I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.…

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ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH

There are few honest people who, despite the fact they believe they have found the truth, will not admit that they have numerous unanswered questions about life, people, and religion. Throughout my life nagging questions have haunted me about all sorts of things, questions for which I could find no answers in the context of my religious or secular upbringing. These questions I either filed away in my mind hoping I might find answers to them at another time or else completed denied or suppressed them, for to consider them…

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