The departing prayer of our Lord, Jesus’ greatest wish: “Now I am coming to you. I will not stay in the world now. But these men are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe. Keep them safe by the power of your name (the name you gave me), so that they will be one, the same as you and I are one.” – John 17:11 (ERV)
Jesus’ departing prayer was for his disciples! He wants God to keep them safe and care for them. Jesus wants his disciples to find God’s peace among themselves. He wants them to be unified as closely “in sync” as he and his Father are one. I can’t think of any other prayer that has been more ignored than Jesus’ prayer for his followers’ unity.
Christianity is fractured and divided against itself. And that’s just the way the devil wants it. Because lack of unity and meekness toward each other is tearing our families apart.
So let’s all make a commitment to be more united with God as Jesus. And let’s also be more united in our personal relationships and in our congregations. And also in our contact with other people of God all over the world. Because this is what Jesus wants for his disciples.
In today’s culture in the USA the answer is a resounding “NO!” And I certainly agree with the mainstream viewpoint. But according to our current immoral laws… Is it a narrow and discriminatory view?
How about this question, is it okay for men to have sex with Continue reading Is it Okay for Adults to Have Sex with Children?
Everyone has value. What are you good at? Sewing? Gardening? Sports? Project management? Don’t underestimate your value that you might be taking for granted as something “simple” to you. Because to another person who requires your skills they are worth a lot to them.
Share your skills with others. Don’t be concerned with what you can’t do. Be concerned with what you can do. Focus your attention on those skills. If not your hobby, make it one. If not your profession, maybe it should be. Never overlook Continue reading What is Your Value?
Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
Someone wrote to us recently with a heavy heart and asked a burning question. It’s about why we are here and why God lets us go through pain and suffering. I want to share with you the question asked and my response:
“Why did God put us on Earth, where there is pain and suffering, instead of putting us directly in heaven? Why would he put us through pain and suffering just so He could find out who his true followers are? We can either choose to love him and follow him and go to heaven, or we can choose to not love him and not follow him and go to hell.
I understand the concept of ‘freedom of choice,’ but why would he give us that freedom purely out of his own selfish desire to find out who his true followers are, or who is willing to glorify him while they are on Earth?
If God is all-knowing, why not just take everyone who is good and put them directly into heaven in the first place, rather than putting them through pain and suffering on Earth before they get to go to heaven?”
(name withheld for privacy)
Here’s our response according to Christian values and beliefs:
You are not alone in asking this question and in feeling the way you do. It’s a very good question, one that needs to be answered. So here it is. Continue reading Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
God is like the Sun burning bright and full of limitless power. That light and power radiates out in all directions.
The moon is like Christ. The moon itself has no light. But when in the presence of the Sun, light reflects off of it onto the Earth.
From the Earth it looks like the moon is producing light but what it really is doing is reflecting light from the Sun. And it’s just a small fraction of the total output of light from the sun. But it can light the entire facing surface of the earth!
When that “moon light” shines on you, your gift of holy spirit is like a mirror to that light so you can reflect it. So the more manifestations of the gift that you use the bigger the mirror becomes. Then with a bigger mirror the more you reflect.
It is our job to reflect the light of Christ that is a reflection of the light from God.
Do we give the moon glory because it reflects the light of the Sun? No. We give the sun glory for lighting up the moon to then shine down on us.
That’s the way it works.
God desires that all of us come to a fullness of the knowledge of His word and power. So when you ask God questions it is up to you to first to search the scriptures for answers.
We should search the scriptures for answers because God has preemptively answered every question about general life and Godliness that you can ever possibly think of.
If you have a question about a person or a specific situation that is not already answered in the bible then you can do these two things: Continue reading How to Ask God Questions and Get Answers
Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom are manifestations of the gift of holy spirit.
Word of Knowledge is God giving you specific detailed information about someone or something. And it’s usually info that you could not obtain through your 5 senses.
When you receive word of wisdom God is telling you Continue reading Word of Knowledge & Word of Wisdom Simply Explained
God loves you very much. Each and every born again Christian is a child of God.
Why wouldn’t he love us? If God provides for all his creation with that which each individual needs to survive, then why would he not do the same for His own beloved children? He would bestow even more upon His own children, right? And so He has. Continue reading God Loves You Very Much
Fruits of the Spirit Bible Study Galatians 5:22
“Fruits” of the Spirit is a metaphor that sums up the nine visible attributes of living a Christian lifestyle according to the Holy Spirit.
Technically “fruits” plural should be called “fruit” singular. Because The Gift of Holy Spirit is like a tree that bears spiritual fruit in your life.
So when you plant it in your heart, it takes root. When you nurture it, it grows and bear fruit. It bears one fruit of the spirit, not many “fruits”. It’s like a grape vine (singular) that grows many grapes (plural).
Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruit you shall know them.” What kind of fruit are you growing?
Let’s look at each attribute of the fruit of the spirit a little more deeply. Below is a list of spiritual fruit that is the evidence of a good Christian lifestyle. Continue reading Fruits of the Spirit Bible Study Galatians 5:22
Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
What is Speaking in Tongues?
The Greek word is Glosselaleo; the direct translation literally meaning, “language-speaking”. Tongue is just another word for language. It’s like saying I went to another country and learned to speak in a foreign tongue. So speaking in tongues simply means speaking in a foreign language.
Speaking in tongues is physical proof that a Christian is born again. Speaking in tongues is external, tangible evidence in the senses realm that the internal, intangible gift of holy spirit is inside you.
Turn your bible to Acts 2:4 – This is the day of Pentecost, the birth of our church and the beginning of the grace administration, “And they were all filled with the holy ghost (a more accurate translation of the word “ghost” is the Greek word pnuema, which means “spirit”) and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.”
So they got holy spirit and immediately they all spoke in tongues. Not just some of them. All of them. Continue reading What is Speaking in Tongues?