Posts from August 2020

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – How can God die if Jesus is God?

In this last lesson in the series, Mike will be answering more miscellaneous questions posed in the survey. This includes questions about lent, various church rituals and our state of mind in heaven. So last week I said that the remaining question in our series didn’t fit into any particular category, so I divided them up into two sections, those that could be answered from the Old Testament and those that could be answered from the New Testament. Last week…

The Origin of The Bible

This article looks at the history of writing and examines how the Bible originated and closes with information on how the Old Testament was organized. In a given year the faithful Christian will hear approximately 250 to 300 Bible lessons when you count regular attendance, devotionals, weddings, funerals and other occasions where the Bible is preached or taught. That’s a lot of attention to one source, a lot of time spent learning about a single book. Of course we think…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To grow wise in face of trials, Part 5

To Grow Wise In Face Of Trials We should pray because we are spiritually stronger for praying. We should pray because it brings peace and security as we entrust our self to God and pour out our anxious thoughts. We should pray to stand firm in the face of temptation. And today, we need to pray, because, through prayer, we grow wise in the face of trials. And perhaps this is among the most significant reasons. The immense value of…

Random Blessings

Sometimes God surprises us. Not just with big things but with random blessings that sprinkle our day with evidence of His constant love and incredible kindness towards us. Here are a few random blessings that immediately come to mind. The sweet smell of newly mowed grass floating into your car as you drive by on a cloudless summer day. An unexpected apology from an estranged friend. A magnificent rainbow after an afternoon rain. Fresh linen on a comfortable bed. The…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Garden of Eden and Noah’s Flood Questions

This lesson is devoted to miscellaneous questions concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; dinosaurs; the population of the world before the great flood, etc. We’re down to our last two lessons for this series, where I’m trying to answer some of the questions concerning the Bible that were handed in. These are, of course, questions not only you, but others have asked throughout the years; and maybe you didn’t have an answer to this question when…

Preaching or Meddling?

The oldest joke about preachers is that when they begin to deal with our true bad habits and sins in their sermons, we say that “they’ve gone from preaching to meddling”. The implication is that preaching is O.K. so long as it teaches me facts about the persons and history connected to the Bible and religion in general. Many people are of the opinion that preaching is acceptable so long as it affirms my hope that I will go to…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To overcome temptations, Part 4

To overcome temptations Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Why pray? Week one: Because of the ___________________________ we receive. Week two: For the __________________________________ that we gain, in anxious times. Today’s Reason: To overcome ________________________________________. Matthew 26:41: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit…

Big Church, Little Church

The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” It seems as if there is…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Church Organization

In this lesson, Mike answers questions regarding the Biblical pattern for church organization and function, and how this is different from the structure of many churches in the modern era. Last week we reviewed the major religions in the world and we examined their beliefs and teachings in, kind of, a survey fashion concerning salvation or heaven or paradise or the hereafter. And one of the things that I remarked was that every religion has some teaching concerning the afterlife.…

Total Pointlessness

Tom Whittaker, a mountaineer who lost his leg in a 1979 car accident, continues to climb challenging slopes with the help of a special prosthesis. When interviewed recently he said, “One of the things that really attracts me to mountaineering is its total pointlessness. So I’ve dedicated my life to it.” Upon reading this quote, I was struck by how ironic it was that someone would go to such lengths (he’s presently in the Himalayas trying to climb Mt. Everest,)…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – What Other Religions Teach About Salvation

In this lesson, Mike will review the beliefs of the 11 major world religions concerning salvation and compare these with the teachings of Christianity on this important subject. Most of our questions in the series had to do with church issues. Well, obviously people want to know things about the church. Who is the true church; or why do we do what we do in the church of Christ; or do we have to attend and where should we worship…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To be like Jesus, Part 3

To be like Jesus God commands us to pray: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 (NIV) “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful, and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 (NIV) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” – Timothy 2:1 (NIV) “Pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians…

The “Old” Rules

In 2007 the book “All the Rules” was published. The authors claimed it could help a woman find a man to marry her. The rules they listed were various approaches to dating that included manipulation and sexual politics. The book described dating as a game and marriage as a trophy for playing this game according to the rules, hence the name of the book. Of course these people could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they would have…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Is Church Attendance/Baptism Mandatory?

In this lesson Mike deals with the often-used arguments against the necessity of regular worship and the importance of a proper biblical baptism. We continue our series on how to defend one’s faith, how to respond to various questions concerning the Bible or the church. And every week I remind you of our ground rules for a religious discussion: respect others sincerity and faith. Other people want what we want. They want to know and please God. There’s no corner…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – Benefits of Prayer, Part 2

benefits of prayer Peter Kreeft, in his book, “Prayer for Beginners,” wrote the following: “Some say that prayer, and “the spiritual life,” or “the inner life,” or the soul’s private love affair with God, is an unaffordable luxury today, or an irresponsible withdrawal from the pressing public problems of our poor, hurting world. I say just the opposite: that nothing, nothing is more relevant and responsible…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray without ceasing.” James 4:2 NKJV You lust and do…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Using Pattern Theology to Answer Questions

In this lesson, Mike reviews the arguments used to support the inspiration of the Bible and how to answer questions concerning the faith using the device of pattern theology. So far in our class we’ve tried to respond to various questions that you have submitted concerning different areas of faith and Bible study and religion. I’ve tried to remind you each week of the guiding principles that we have and we need to remember when having a religious discussion with…