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.
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?”
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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 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
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