Category Archives: Hot Topics

Christians in America

Historically, Christians in America have been a positive influence in society by promoting law and being charitable to the needy (Gal. 2:10; Jam. 1:27). They’ve built schools, hospitals, orphanages and other helpful organizations that lift man up. They’ve fed the hungry, cared for the sick, housed the homeless, provided for widows and orphans, and visited prisoners with the gospel. Christians have also promoted art, literature, music and science. Continue reading

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God Loves Israel

     God loves Israel, declaring, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jer. 31:3). God is eternal, and His love is eternal. To possess the love of God is to love … Continue reading

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Is Self-Defense Biblical?

Are Christians biblically justified to use force for self-defense?  Depending on the situation, the answer is sometimes yes, and sometimes no.  Killing a thief is both justified and unjustified, depending on the situation (Ex. 22:2-3).  In Scripture there are examples of believers who at one time defended themselves or others, but then at other times fled and/or suffered for their faith.  David, who killed Goliath (1 Sam. 17:48-51), twice fled when Saul tried to kill him with a spear (1 Sam. 18:11; 19:10), and refused to retaliate, even when he had opportunity (1 Sam. 24:4-6).  Paul, who at one time took a beating with rods (Acts 16:22-23), later used legal force against his attackers by exercising his rights as Roman citizen to protect himself from a flogging that might have killed him (Acts 22:25-29), and eventually appealed to Caesar, hoping to gain a just trial (Acts 25:7-12).  Christians can certainly use the legal system as a means of protection.  My understanding is that there is a time to fight, and a time not to fight, “a time to kill and a time to heal” (Eccl. 3:3), “a time for war and a time for peace” (Eccl. 3:8).  Continue reading

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A Demonic Encounter

It was summertime in southern California.  The year was 1976 and I was nine years of age.  My parents put me on a church bus and shipped me off to Camp Cedar Crest for a week.  The sights and smells … Continue reading

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Heaven Belongs to Little Children

     Heaven belongs to little children.  Jesus’ disciples did not always understand this, and on one occasion they tried to prevent children from coming to Him for prayer (Matt. 19:13).  But Jesus corrected them saying, “Let the children alone, … Continue reading

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A Perfect Life Does Not Guarantee a Positive Response

I love my puppy dog.  My Havanese is actually four years old, but she acts like a puppy and I think of her that way.  She has a special place in my heart and I find myself singing to her, … Continue reading

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Characteristics of a Controlling Personality

     Generally, a controlling person is self-absorbed, insensitive towards others, pushes to get his own way, and manipulates circumstances and people to achieve his own agenda. He cares mainly about himself and sees others as a means to an … Continue reading

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When was Jesus Born?

     On what day was Jesus born? No one knows exactly. The Bible does not say. Most people who lived during the first century did not celebrate birthdays. The early Church Fathers were confronted with several dates for our … Continue reading

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I am a saint

I am a saint.  It’s true.  The Bible declares it.  At the moment I believed in Jesus as my Savior I became Saint Steven.  Feel free to call me that next time you see me.  The word saint, as it … Continue reading

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I am a sinner

       I am a sinner.  If you don’t know that about me, then you don’t really know me.  I am a sinner by birth (Rom. 5:12-18; Ps. 51:5), by nature (Rom. 7:19-21; Eph. 2:3), and by choice (1 … Continue reading

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Could Jesus Sin?

     The production of sin is based on ability and opportunity.  Before their fall into sin, Adam and Eve had the capacity and opportunity either to obey or disobey God.  Even before they had a sin nature, Adam and … Continue reading

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The New Covenant and the Lord’s Supper

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took … Continue reading

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A Primer on Christian Separation

       Christians are people who have trusted Christ as their Savior and received the gift of eternal life (John 3:16; 10:28; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9). The local church is a group of Christians who have assembled together for Bible … Continue reading

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The Law of Moses and the Law of Christ

     God gives law to humans living in every age. He gave commands to the first humans living in the sinless environment of the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1:26-30; 2:15-17). He gave commands to Noah (Gen. 6-9). He gave … Continue reading

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Suffering and Depression

Suffering touches us all.  It moves and shapes us in ways we never imagine.  It breaks us down and builds us up, but it never leaves us where it finds us.  In Scripture we learn that God’s power is magnified in our weaknesses and that suffering reveals our true state as weak creatures who need the Lord in our lives for strength and guidance (2 Cor. 12:7-10).  Continue reading

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Illumination and the Doctrine of Election

       If you’ve believed in Jesus for salvation, then you are among the elect.  In order for a person to be saved, he must believe in Jesus as the Savior (1 Cor. 15:3-4). This, of course, is the … Continue reading

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