Please explain Deuteronomy 23:23, "Whatever you vow, you must be careful to do what you have promised, such as what you have vowed to the LORD your God as a freewill offering."

This verse is about making a free will offering as well as a vow. This oath was not by compulsion, neither was it commanded by law. It was made completely on a voluntary basis.  

The lesson to be learned is the seriousness and the obligation that follows a vow to the Lord. There are examples […]

Why is there instrumental music in worship services today? Jesus didn't give any authority to use instrumental music in worship.

(All citations are from the KJV.)

In Colossians 3:16, we are told, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." The word "psalms" in this verse is Strong's Greek word G5568, […]

Is smoking marijuana against God's will? Some people say it's a natural herb created by God therefore they find nothing wrong about smoking marijuana.

Marijuana is not mentioned in the Bible. However, smoking cannabis is considered intoxicating, just as wine is intoxicating. Therefore, the scriptural cautions about drinking wine would also apply to using marijuana. “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,” Proverbs 23:20. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled […]

What is the reward for obedience?

(Scripture quotations are from the New International Version Bible, unless otherwise noted.)

Obedience to God brings life and blessings; disobedience brings death and misery.  When Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he and all his future children were sentenced to death. (Genesis 2:17)  Obedient Abraham was blessed with […]

Is there a limit to showing kindness?

Yes. A Christian should always be just first. For example, a farmer would be unjust to give food to others if his own family is hungry. We need to fulfill our own responsibilities first. 1Timothy 5:8 (NIV), “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith […]

What changed in Job's life after he had encounters with God?

In Job chapters 1-2, we read Job was a righteous man and enjoyed a blessed life. However, Satan believed Job was loyal to God only because of the rewards of faithfulness. God then allowed Satan to afflict Job with severe trials…to prove (or disprove) Job’s loyalty. ​

During Job’s extended suffering, three of his friends believed Job […]

How does one find your purpose God intended for you life, on this earth? We are to love Jesus, love others like Jesus loves them and then also help grow the Kingdom of God. Is that pretty much it?

That’s part of the picture. Micah 6:8 (NKJV), “ what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” You recognized Jesus’ summary of God’s requirements: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

Is it ok for a Christian to go to a bar, not to drink but hang out with people?

Can you imagine Jesus hanging out in a bar? No. Sinners would search for Jesus and find Him in healthy places. Jesus did not seek out people having a good time in unhealthy places. ​

One problem with going to bars is that it encourages fallen fleshly appetites. Paul wrote,  “Since we have these promises, beloved, let […]

What is the meaning of Psalm 1:1-6 and Psalm 19:14? How can we make our words and our hearts' meditations acceptable to God?

The first Psalm compares Jesus and His followers, those who walk in purity of heart, with those who walk in sinful paths. Christians produce the good fruits of the spirit as they drink on the pure doctrines of truth. Whereas sinful man perishes. It's important to remember that friends impact our hearts and lives. “Do […]

Please Explain when the Door will shut for the Unwise Virgins.

The following is a brief interpretation of the parable of the Wise and Foolish (Unwise) Virgins, Matthew 25:1-10.

25:1  “…like 10 virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom”  

these are pure, holy people – not lovers of sin
lamps represent the Word of God – the virgins are illuminated by its light
they […]