People come up with all kinds of reasons why prayers for healing aren’t answered, most of them placing the responsibility on God. He’s not doing that anymore, it wasn’t His will, or His timing. He gave you your disease to help you become a better Christian. He did answer your prayer and the answer was no, and the list goes on.
Because of my middle daughter’s recent bout with cancer (victorious) I have had occasion to study the subject of healing again. In doing so, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people have formed their opinions about healing through hearsay and false teaching rather than from what the Bible actually says about it. So what does the Bible say about healing? Let’s find out.
I’ve received a number of questions about a recent series of online articles disputing the idea that Jesus died for all our sins, past, present, and future on the cross. The articles make the claim that the Bible teaches no such thing. So let’s find out. Does the Bible teach that all the sins of our life were forgiven at the cross or doesn’t it?
In part one of this study we discussed five things the Bible says about the way God sees us now that we are born again. We’ll review these briefly and then see what the Bible says about how we should respond. Continue reading…
I’m convinced most Christians don’t have a very good understanding of how God sees us. I’m not surprised about this because it’s really hard for us to comprehend. God sees us so differently from the way we see ourselves and the way others see us, that there’s really no comparison. It’s like He and we are looking at two different people. And in a way that’s true because we can only see ourselves from our past experience, but He has chosen to see us now as we will be in the future when we’re with Him forever. So let’s set aside how we see ourselves for a moment and take a look at five things the Bible says about how God sees us.
It was the clearest message the Lord has given me in a long time. I was in bed and half asleep when it came to me. Fearful of forgetting it, I got up and made a bunch of random notes and then went back to bed. When they still made sense the next morning I decided it must have really been Him. Here’s the message I received.
In this study we’ll conclude our survey of the the letter from James, half brother of Jesus. The original Apostles named him overseer of the Church in Jerusalem, a position he held until his death in 62AD. James probably wrote his letter around 50 AD or even a little before. The stoning of Stephen in 36 AD had led to the persecution and scattering of the young Church, which was still primarily made up of Jewish converts. This study will focus on chapter 5, the final chapter of his instructions to the scattered Church.
This study will cover chapter four of the letter from James. You’ll see he still has plenty of good advice for living a victorious Christian life in our times, and he gives it to us in no uncertain terms. Not for the faint of heart.
In part 3 we continue reviewing the instructions James gave to the early church on how to properly live the Christian life. Remember, this letter might have been the first written teaching the Church ever received, predating the Gospels and Paul’s letters, with the possible exception of his letter to the Galatians. This time we’ll cover chapter 3. Let’s begin.
We continue our study of the letter from James. In part 1 we determined that the letter was written by James, the half brother of Jesus, around 50 AD when most of the Church was still of Jewish origin. They had been scattered throughout Israel and surrounding countries in the persecution that began after the stoning of Stephen in 36 AD, and James was sending what was probably the first letter ever written to the growing Christian community. This week we’ll look at chapter 2.
A fair amount of controversy has arisen of late over this letter, some even questioning whether it belongs in the Bible. Others say if it does, it was certainly not meant for the Church. In this series we’ll address these questions while undertaking a verse-by-verse study of the letter.
Q. In Mat 8:29 the demons asked Jesus if He came to torment them before the time. This tells me they may not know the day or hour that Christ returns but they might know when the tribulation starts. If so, the speed at which evil is unfolding causes me to think they do know and have increased demonic activity to meet the appointed time. Any thoughts?
Q. I know I am saved by God’s grace thru faith in what Christ accomplished on the cross. But how do we separate law and grace? Spiritually speaking we want to do what we know we should do, but how do we avoid thinking that it’s part of our salvation? In other words, how do I go on living “right” without messing with grace?
Q. When we have company over I always want to “share the gospel”. How does one go about sharing it without sounding like a sales person, without sounding pushy, or gushy or lovey dovey, and without making them feel guilty? I try and get a “I thank God and believe in Jesus” every chance I get but I feel compelled to want and say more. Is it the flesh “wanting” to do more or is it the Holy Spirit prompting me to say and do more? Typically, when I try to do more, I end up stickin’ the old foot in the mouth.
Q. In the natural order of things, “birth pangs” have a foregone conclusion — progression to true labor, resulting in the birth of a child. Given that the “pangs” appear to be increasing in frequency and intensity worldwide, what event or events, according to Scripture, will signify that the “pangs” are over, and labor has begun in earnest?
Q. What is a worker of iniquity according to the Lord and how do we avoid being numbered among them? I am a Christian who has put his faith and trust on the Lord for eternal life but Matthew 7 still scares me a bit
Q. Today I read the article about the 200-Year-Old “Messiah Clock”. Do you have any laymen’s explanation about this old Jewish clock. What does the sentence “the year 6000 will occur in 2239 of the Gregorian calendar, indicating that the Messiah must arrive before then”, mean in today’s terms? Am I correct in assuming, that “last redemption’” has nothing to do with the rapture, which can be expected anytime? The article says, that we might be “surprised”. Surprised, in what sense? That we as pre-trib believers are correct, that Jesus CAN come any moment?
Q. I have followed your website and ministry for nearly 8 years now and have been encouraged and blessed by your teaching. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the resistance of many pastors toward teaching Bible prophecy. Specifically, your advice on how to approach speaking with those in Church authority about the importance of Bible prophecy teaching. How can we talk about this without offending or causing division? Also, what are your thoughts on the importance of choosing a church that teaches Bible prophecy?
Q. I read an article that claims America is the Bibilical “Mystery Babylon” which will be destroyed by a Russian nuclear bomb exploded by 1/1/2016 at 20 mile over the middle of America causing a great electromagnetic field that will turn us into darkness. Also, President Obama is the king of the South and Putin is the king of the North. Putin will invade America with his allies. Do you think that there is any Scripture to support these alarming predictions?