Meditation on Jesus: “Life in Himself”

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself (John 5:26)."Life in himself"... what does that mean? Whatever it is, Jesus has it because the Father has it; and the Father has granted Jesus to have it. As always, the context of the passage …

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Q&A: “How Good Must I be In Order to be Called a Christian?”

A Facebook friend-of-friend recently posted the following:To be saved a person must stop smoking, drinking, drugs, and cussing. Attend church on a regular basis, and become a born again Christian. Now are you ready to commit to being a Christian? If not then Hell is your destiny.....If you don't believe me, read your Bible. So …

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Control & Worry

What can you really change by control or worry? "Anyone who tries to control everything in his world ends up with a very, very small world." @RickWarren Jesus said, (Matt. 6:25-34)  25“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your …

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Testimony vs. Reputation

If you've spent any time around Christians, then you'll realize testimonies are both something Christians like to give and to keep. Have you ever heard a Christian say, "I've ruined my testimony," or, "Now, don't do that; you'll ruin your Christian testimony." What in the world is that supposed to mean? It means just this: …

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Jesus DID Claim to be God

[The following is directly excerpted from BECA by Norman Geisler, sec. Deity of Jesus] Jesus’ Claim to Be God. Jesus claimed to be God, both directly and by necessary implication from what he said and did. Jesus Claimed to Be Yahweh. Yahweh (YHWH; sometimes appearing in English translations as “Jehovah” or in small capital letters as “LORD”) …

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All the Sins of All Mankind

As a result of the recent article by the New York Times, I posted several tweets. They are as follows: "Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival" but by what means? Not all evangelicals welcome a Calvinist Revival. “Calvin did not read Scripture literally... Often misquoting it, & he makes up Scripture …

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What is Love?

According to a BBC News article, published 17 December 2013, the top Google searches of last year were "Facebook" and "What is love?" With statistics like that, there's no debating we humans have a great need for friendship and to experience love. "What are we if we're not in love?" sings Jon Foreman in his song The …

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No Karma Here, Just Grace

"There is no karma to Christianity."  I have received criticism from other Christians for making that statement before. My accuser's reply was, "What about God and how he makes you reap what you sow? Isn't that in the Bible? It's all the same thing." But, the Buddhist definition of karma is far different from the biblical Christian's …

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Immortality vs. Eternal Life

Say, "The Fountain of Youth!" and Juan Ponce de León comes to mind, along with every other conquest for famed objects of legend and myth such as the "Holy Grail." Without the Indiana Jones theme infecting your brain, let me clear up the matter of what Christians mean by "eternal life." In short, biblical Christianity differentiates between …

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Sin and the Unpardonable Sin

As represented across the data of the entire Bible. The Origin of It: [Genesis 3] Eden, observably, was the place God designed for the self-determination of humanity's inner nature. It was a genuine testing ground, not as in a sterile laboratory but for God's genuine allowance of genuine choice by mankind. Adam and Eve, both …

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