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When are we obligated to help the poor?

The Bible has much to say concerning helping the poor. Proverbs 28:27 says the person who hides his eyes to poverty, “will get many a curse.” But we are quick to argue, “Yeah, but doesn’t the Bible also say, ‘If a man won’t work, neither should he eat.” So how much should Christians give to the poor? When should we give to the poor? What is our responsibility? This issue may be more important than you think. The Parable Of The Rich Fool Jesus told a parable, “The land…

What to Expect When Jesus Returns

If we are going to restore New Testament Christianity, then I believe we need to restore a biblical emphasis on the Return of our King. As Christians, the Return of Jesus is our hope. It is what we should be longing for (2 Timothy 4:8). But many of us don’t long for His appearing, because we don’t understand the pivotal role the Return plays in the Christian story. Here are a few things we can expect when Jesus comes back. Resurrection of the Dead Most…

Why my main goal in life is not to go to Heaven…

The more I think about that phrase, & especially the context in which it is usually stated, the more I think it often reveals a misunderstanding deep in our hearts. Here are a few thoughts on having heaven as our main goal in life. Making it to Heaven What exactly do we mean when we talk about our goal of making it to heaven? When we have a goal, we must have some way we hope to achieve that goal,…

Why I cringe when you say, “God is good.”

I often see Christians post on social media, “God is good” and, to be honest, it often makes me cringe. I don’t cringe because I disagree with the statement. Obviously, God is good! And I don’t cringe because someone is giving glory to God. I’m so glad they are giving glory to God. Here is why I cringe… GOD IS GOOD I cringe because it seems to only be said when something pleasant happens. We’ve probably all said things like:…

The Paramount Importance Of Obedience

The central theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of the system of obedient faith in Christ over the Law of Moses. The basic problem with the Law of Moses is that it was perverted by Israel and the Jews into becoming strictly a system of sacrifice for sin. Such was not what God wanted. In Exodus 24:7 after Israel had received the law of God it pledged its obedience. It did not keep that promise. Sacrifice became…

3 ways to make your prayer life more biblical

Praying is really nothing more than talking to God. Sometimes a prayer, in a moment of desperation, might be as simple as, “Oh God, help me!” Unfortunately, some Christians are so afraid of praying incorrectly, they don’t pray at all; a child need not feel that way with his father. But on the other hand, many of us have fallen into a routine. We say basically the same things when we pray and we haven’t stopped to examine our prayers in light…

7 Tips to Help Recognize When You’re Wrong

Three times this week I’ve had the same conversation with various Christians. The conversation has revolved around the fact that we all know sincere people who are admittedly smarter & more educated than us, but seem to be overlooking a very obvious truth that we see & they don’t. For instance, I listen to many denominational preachers who are brilliant, but when they talk about subjects like baptism, I think, “As smart as you are, how could you possibly miss that?”…

“We all sin, so don’t judge me”- a really bad excuse for sin!

Mankind is certainly creative at coming up with ways to minimize, justify, and excuse sin. Adam even tried to blame his sin on God, saying, “The woman whom YOU gave to be with me…” (Genesis 3:12). That’s a pretty bad excuse, but it’s probably not any worse than the excuse we hear so often today, “We all sin, so don’t judge me!” Here are a few reasons that is a really bad excuse for sin. “We All Sin, So Don’t…

Restoring the Church of the New Testament

You may have heard the phrase, “Restoration Movement” or you may have heard people say we need to “restore New Testament Christianity” or “restore the New Testament church.” You may or may not know what people mean by these phrases; and you may or may not see a need for “restoration.” I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I want to lay out what I mean when I speak of “restoring the New Testament church.” Before I talk about…

5 steps for handling conflict with other Christians

Going forward, this cannot be about vengeance or retaliation, which have no place in the church. Depending on the severity of the conflict, this might be incredibly difficult. The only way to accomplish this is through embracing the truth of what Jesus did for us, “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10). We were shown kindness, compassion, and mercy when all we deserved was God’s wrath. That fact – and that fact…