Deification / Theosis: Better than Mere Image Bearing

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7 The kernel postulate of this post is simple. Deification/Theosis is far better than mere …

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Can People Really Change?

The short answer to the question, "Can people really change?," is: most people can change, and some people won't; but some people can't. But, that short of an answer raises questions like why and how. Why can some people not change? When people change, how does change occur in them? The Nature of Change Change …

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Christian “Victory” Means Perseverance of Faith in Jesus

The Bible often mentions Christians being “victorious.” A search on the topic reveals there are great rewards for being one who "overcomes" or spiritually "conquers" (See 1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:8; Philippians 4:1; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:2-4; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 1-4). What "victorious" does not mean is being perfect. …

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Q&A: “Ever wonder why God continues to punish us???”

(From a social media friend) Answer: That question assumes an awful lot, and it doesn’t offer any insight into what’s going on with your life. Still, I’ll try to give you what has helped me. UNDERSTAND THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW: 1. God is not the Creator of evil. He originally created all things good. 2. God’s …

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Humility Precedes Power

There’s a lot of seeking for God’s “power” among Christians. They should be seeking Jesus, not his power; but here’s how to really tell if a person has God’s “power” (grace) on their life: THEY ADMIT THEIR SPECIFIC WEAKNESSES. The Apostle writes, ...I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ …

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7 Passages that Correct Pushy Pastors

Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their …

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What Christians Mean by “Surrender Your Rights” to God

When ministers speak on the Spirit-led, Christian life, one will invariably hear ministers say, "surrender your rights." In the context of their subject, they would not be wrong, per se. However, their expression is confusing to the common person on the street and needs clarification. Does God really expect a person to surrender his or …

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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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Question & Answer: What is the Longest Anyone Could Go without Sin?

Brother Sam, I have an odd question. What do you think the longest is one man could go without any sin? Well, that is quite a hypothetical. The point is not to be sinless but to sin less, as a way of showing love to God.  A dear professor once said to me, "Can you …

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