Tag Archive | Christ

When we are praying do we pray directly to God or through Jesus?

When we are praying do we pray directly to God or through Jesus?

The answer to the given question is “Yes” and “Yes” but allow me to elaborate on that a bit. When Jesus taught his disciples how they ought to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 he instructed them to pray to “Our Father in heaven.” 9Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom […]

What kinds of things can open you up to demonic oppression?

What kinds of things can open you up to demonic oppression?

The Bible tells us that there are demons who war against God and his people (Eph. 6:12).  And if that weren’t bad enough, sometimes people open themselves up to demonic oppression without realizing it.  Now, if you’re a Christian you need to understand that you cannot be demon possessed.  Demonic oppression, on the other hand, does occur against Christians.  […]

Is cursing or swearing a sin?

Is cursing or swearing a sin?

To determine whether cussing is a “sin,” we need to first discuss what sin is, and second define what cursing, swearing, or cussing is. The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18).  It is furthermore described as imaginations of the unrenewed […]

Is it okay to have sinners who are non-Christians as friends?

Is it okay to have sinners who are non-Christians as friends?

Yes, it’s okay to have non-Christians as friends.  However, we don’t want our friendships with unbelievers to hinder our relationship with God.  If we have friends who encourage sinful behavior, then we need to be careful.  We need to be sure we don’t compromise our faith.  It might mean not being friends with them anymore, […]

Examine Yourselves ( Part 1)

Examine Yourselves ( Part 1)

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? – 2 Corinthians 13:5 Explanation of this verse: Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith,…. These words are to be considered in connection with 2 Corinthians 13:3 for […]

Easter, Ishtar or Resurrection Sunday?

Easter, Ishtar or Resurrection Sunday?

Does the following sound familiar?—Spring is in the air! Flowers and bunnies decorate the home. Father helps the children paint beautiful designs on eggs dyed in various colors. These eggs, which will later be hidden and searched for, are placed into lovely, seasonal baskets. The wonderful aroma of the hot cross buns mother is baking […]

The world says: “Love is a feeling.” / God says: “Love is a decision.”

The world says: “Love is a feeling.” / God says: “Love is a decision.”

How realistic is God’s Word? We’re tempted to answer “not very” when confronted with Jesus’ command to love everyone. After all, not everyone proves lovable. A few people even bring us grief or injury in return for our love. We may find it impossible to cultivate  loving feelings towards certain individuals, so we dismiss Jesus’ […]