The Gift of Prophecy Today Is No Threat and Very Important!

by Max Aplin

In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, in his discussion of spiritual gifts, the apostle Paul tells the church in Corinth:

8 For to one is given a word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another a word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healings by the one Spirit, 10 and to another workings of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another distinguishing between spirits, to another kinds of languages, and to another interpretation of languages.’  Continue reading

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Two Things about Atheism That Everyone Should Consider

Two Things about Atheism That Everyone Should Consider

by Max Aplin

I recently saw a short TV interview of the well known atheist apologist, Richard Dawkins. He made some of the usual points that he makes when discussing religion, and these seemed to resonate with the woman who was interviewing him. You could tell by her attitude that she clearly admired him and held him in high regard. Continue reading

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The Good-O-Meter

Have you ever wondered if you are a good person?  Watch this video. You may be surprised with the answer you find.

 

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Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

By Andy Arvai

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
A man dyeing on a cross in horrible pain being left alone to die hardly sounds like ANYTHING good. For mankind however, it is the greatest thing we can have happen to us, FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN CHRST. In Old Testament times, before the Christ came, Jews were instructed to have their High Priest enter the tabernacle and proceed to a room called the HOLY OF HOLY’S. Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit, Non-Apostles and Laying On Hands

by Max Aplin

In Hebrews 6:1-2 we read:

1 Therefore, let us leave the basic teaching about the Messiah and be carried forward to maturity, not again laying a foundation of repentance from dead actions and faith in God, 2 of teaching about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.’  Continue reading

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How and Why We Should Rejoice in the Lord

by Max Aplin  

It may come as some surprise that in his letter to the Philippians Paul can be found telling his readers: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice (Phil 4:4). Is joy not simply a feeling within us that is either present or not as the case may be and that we are helpless to manufacture? How can we rejoice if we do not feel joyful? Continue reading

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What Does 1 John Mean When It Says That Christians Do Not and Cannot Sin?

by Max Aplin

The letter of 1 John says some striking things about the relationship of Christians to sin.

1 John 3:6 states:

‘No one who abides in Him [Jesus] sins.  No one who sins has seen Him or known Him.’

Then a few verses later, in 3:9, we are told:

‘No one who has been born of God commits sin, because His sperm abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.’

Incidentally, the Greek word sperma in this verse is much better translated by ‘sperm’ than by the ‘seed’ found in most English translations.  God is being metaphorically portrayed as a human father here, and ‘seed’, a euphemism, doesn’t do proper justice to the powerful imagery that is used. Continue reading

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Beware of Slipping Away from Believing in the Authority of the Bible

by Max Aplin 

You will often hear fundamentalist Christians lamenting that many Christians today are slipping away from believing in the authority of the Bible.  They point out that when Christians adopt non-fundamentalist views on things, they often end up sliding down a slippery slope into serious error. Continue reading

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Why Does the New Testament Never Condemn Slavery?

by Max Aplin 

It seems clear that some non-Christians are put off the Christian faith by what they see as immoral attitudes in the early church towards slavery. Many seem to think that first century Christians usually approved of the practice of owning slaves. And even those who would acknowledge that early Christians generally tolerated rather than supported slavery, are often sharply critical of their tolerance. These supposed attitudes of first century believers put some people off the Christian faith today. Continue reading

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Prayer Works Wonders

by Daniel Dela Dunoo

Prayer basically refers to communication with a deity. In the Christian context, prayer essentially refers to communication with God. It is the Christian view of prayer that will be the focus of this post. Prayer may take several forms including thanksgiving, supplications and intercession. It is my conviction that prayer works; this is to say, prayer achieves results. Continue reading

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