God’s Atonement – Why did Jesus have to die?

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How would you respond to someone who says, “Why was God required to spill blood of his own son to save us, when he could have just done that some other way?” If you think about it, in the strict sense, God could have done it a different way. He could have told the story of our redemption any way he wanted. So, why did he choose to put it on the shoulders of Jesus? Continue reading

God’s Healing Power – Ask and You Shall Receive?

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Do you ever wonder when we have an injury to our bodies or we have an illness that comes upon us and it doesn’t ever seem to get healed even though we’ve prayed for deliverance? We might say, “Doesn’t Jesus say that ‘whatever you ask in my name you shall receive.’” So what’s up with not receiving the healing that we ask for? Most of us has experienced, at one time or another, the frustrating answer to our prayer of healing with what seems like dead silence from God, right? So, how do we make sense of it. Continue reading

The Suffering of Christ gives Meaning to our Lives

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God loved us so much, that he gave us his only begotten son. He didn’t just love us theoretically, but he came and expressed that love by suffering and dying for us on a cross and then rising again from the dead. And some of you might ask, “why did he do it that way and not some easier way?” And the answer to that is, “I don’t know,” other than to say that that is the way he wanted show the full expression of his love. Continue reading

The Ultimate Gift of Christmas

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Christmas is a very exciting time of year, especially for children. They are focused on all the gifts they will receive. Adults also get excited about seeing the joy in the eyes of those children as they receive those gifts. But if you ask my parents, they probably weren’t too excited when my siblings and I would wake them up at 4am on Christmas morning. As children, we couldn’t wait to run to the living room and see what Santa had brought us. Of course, mom and dad would make us go back to bed for a couple of more hours so they could get a little more sleep. We on the other hand, were too excited to sleep. Continue reading

Did Jesus promise a “Cross” or “Earthly Prosperity?”

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What do preachers such as Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin and Oral Roberts have in common? Well, they all preach some form of a Gospel message known as “prosperity”, “health and wealth” or “name it and claim it.” Take a look at Joel Osteen for instance. He professes that “as children of God, we are over-comers and more than conquerors and God intends for each of us to experience the abundant life he has in store for us.” He, along with many other well known televangelist, teach that if we are a believer in Christ and his follower, then we are promised to have wealth and good health in our time spent on earth. In other words, a Christian is promised worldly prosperity and deliverance from sickness in this lifetime. All we must do is go out and claim it for ourselves. But, is this true? Continue reading

Is Jesus Against Homosexuality?

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We live in a place and time where the moral law of God is being watered down by a society that wants all “truth” to be relative. A society that seeks to suggest immoral behavior is really not immoral. And in fact, tries to make the case for it being okay. One of the biggest issues facing American society today with regards to this is homosexuality. So, for a Christian, how would one answer the question posed in the title of this blog post? Continue reading

The Fate of the “Good Thief” on the Cross

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When Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals that were also hanging on a cross, one on each side of him. One of the criminals is known as being the “good thief.” The criminal opposite the “good thief” mocked Jesus by telling him that if he really is the Christ of God, then he should save himself and come off the cross. To which, the “good thief” responded, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.”And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:40-43).” Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said that he will be with him in paradise this day? Was he saved, and if so, where did the “good thief” go? Did the he go to heaven as we know it, or was it another place? Continue reading