The Apostle Paul never married. He considered celibacy the preferable state, but he also said to remain unmarried was a gift. 1 Corinthians 7:7 (NIV), “I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from [...]
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV), “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” [...]
No. Christians may not fight physically. It's devilish when people hit, beat, or rob us. But many have suffered for righteousness. Remember the great Apostle Paul’s hardships. 2 Corinthians11:24-27, “Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten [...]
A person's self-discovery may be different from God's direction. We walk with God by praying for opportunities of service. If you are sincere and humble, the Lord will open your eyes to the needs of others. Daily, we will begin to see ways to aid others, both spiritually and naturally. Most [...]
An employee built a house using his life savings. Some people demanded that the house be donated to the pastor. The person denied it. Does it mean that as a result he will go to hell?
No one may demand a sacrifice or gift from another. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, never asked for, nor demanded, nor owned a house. Luke 9:58, “Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man [...]
Many churches seem to focus on tithing, attendance numbers, beautiful buildings. Of course, we all know those things do not bring us closer to God. We need to feed on God’s word and then apply those truths to our lives. In our non-demoninational group, [...]
No. When a Christian and a non-Christian marry, that couple is considered unequally yoked. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NIV) “do not be yoked together with unbelievers”. Deuteronomy 22:10 tells us, “do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together”. A yoke is a [...]
In our day, Christmas is largely a secular and commercial event. However, to some, it means a joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus. And just as the “wise men from the east” brought gifts to honor the Babe’s birth, so we celebrate with [...]
When one marries before being born again, and later discovers after being born again that he has married a totally wrong person, what is to be done?
Marriage is a challenge. Two people need to become a united team. They need to learn to love each other when life is happy and difficult. After the first blush of infatuation wears off, we begin to notice our spouses’ weaknesses and faults. This [...]
I want to preach God's words, but I feel I can't. I feel my mouth is sewed shut, and I fear if I try I might mislead or say something wrong. I don't know how to preach, can you help? (United States)
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) You are wise to proceed with caution when proclaiming the word of God. Many well-intended men and women have [...]
It would depend on the type of party. For example, if the main activity of the party is drinking and dancing, then no. These behaviors promote our fallen flesh. But a birthday party or a celebration where people can fellowship about God and His [...]
The Jews did not practice cremation. Recorded instances of cremation were live, infant sacrifices offered to idols. These practices were abominations. Jeremiah 32:35, "..high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to [...]
Some Christian ministers teach communion should be eaten daily for healing. 1 Corinthians 11:26 does say, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till he come.”
Communion has its origins in the Jewish Passover, which was observed yearly on the fourteenth of Nisan. As a Jew, Jesus celebrated the Passover throughout his life. (Luke 2:41; John 2:23; 6:4) On the last day of Jesus’ life, He and His disciples first [...]
Use a multi-faceted approach to reduce stress and worry. Stress drains us physically, so quality rest, exercise and nourishment are important. There are many good web sites that elaborate on this. However, the faith aspect is often missed. For the Christian, Jesus said, “Come [...]
Dreams from God are only for very special events. For example the dreams in Genesis were only given to the patriarchs, or fathers, of Israel. God had a special relationship with these men because He had promised Abraham that through him and his seed [...]
When we consecrate our lives to serve God, we give 100% of everything we have and are. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [...]
If I repent but fall back into sin (addiction) sometimes within days or hours…or weeks or months, am I truly repenting and forgiven each time? Or am I not truly repenting because I know!!! I DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE TO FALL!
Your body has become dependent on drugs. This means your mind and body will crave the substance in order to feel normal. If you stop using, your body will feel sick. Then, you will want to use in order to feel better. Breaking an [...]
“Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is an irritant to the throat and lungs and can cause a heavy cough during use. It also contains levels of volatile chemicals and tar that are similar to tobacco smoke, raising concerns about risk for cancer and lung [...]
Some Christian evangelists and Christian priests amass a lot of property in India. Does it not contradict the Biblical precept that one has to give up everything to follow Christ?
We cannot judge the hearts and motives of others. Yet, there are biblical principles and practices that define the lifestyle of Christian leaders, as well as Christians in general. A rich young man asked Jesus how he could have eternal life. Jesus responded, “‘If [...]
Yes and no. God gave us a free will to make decisions. We mature as we reap the consequences. For example, “He who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles,” Proverbs 21:23. If we say whatever we want, [...]