Why Reconsider that Repentance is Necessary for Salvation?

God calls all people everywhere to repent (Ac 17.30). Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3.9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Furthermore, Jesus said in Luke 24.46-47, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’” This is the Gospel to the Nations that is described, “Then God has also granted to the Nations repentance to life” (Ac 11.18). Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Lk 5.32). Were you called to repent?

Many of us may have a misconception of what repentance is. Sorrow is not repentance (2 Cor. 7.9-10). Changing behavior without changing the mind is not repentance. Changing the mind without Continue reading

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How Can the Church Do More to Spread the Gospel?

What does the world need to know about Christ? Are we as Christians ready to spread the Gospel? Do we have tracts at hand and verses in mind? Are we prepared at all times to present the Truth?

Jesus did say, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Mt 12.30). When should gather via evangelism – at work, in the park, or only in the church building? These are certainly matters that we should consider. Are we gathering with Christ or are we against Him? The purpose of the church is to “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pe 2.9).

Here were some points to consider increase our evangelism: Continue reading

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A Wake Up Call from Jesus

“Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation”, said Jesus as He returned from prayer in the garden (Lk 22.46). Jesus told His disciples to pray that they not enter into temptation, but now, an armed crowd came to arrest Jesus. When is an inopportune to time to listen to Jesus?

Many people do not listen to Jesus, and they think they are heaven bound. They reason that good people go to Heaven. If good people go to Heaven, then who needs Jesus and who needs God? Regarding being good, Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mk 10.18). He also said,… Read more.

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Believer’s Notes for the Skeptic’s Bible

The following notes are responses to the typical “skeptical” opponents of the Bible showing how God did not condone evil.

God & Mythology
The antagonist says, “God is a myth.”

  1. God is proved by design in nature & moral conscience (Ro 1.20-21, 2.13-16).
  2. Basic morality is always constant, & its virtues must be eternal.
    1. Eternal virtues require an eternal Person to possess them.
  3. Causality proves God. Every effect must have an equal or greater cause. Follow the effects to its logical origin.
    1. The most brilliant scientist, Isaac Newton, observed the nature’s order was started by an intelligent Agent (Opticks). Add Pasteur, von Braun, etc.
    2. Design is seen in DNA, the genetic code found in most cells of every life form, which must have been written by the intelligent Creator.
    3. Molecular nanomachines show the complex design of cells, which must have been designed by the intelligent Creator.
  4. DiodorusSiculus recorded the ancient myth of evolution where life emerged evolving into animals, & then into bestial men, hunter gatherers, who discovered fire & invented language by grunts.
    1. The Big Bang is thought to come from a ylem that originated before natural laws, which by definition is supernatural.
  5. Science is observed & tested. Yet, abiogenesis,the evolution of genera, & the Big Bang are unobserved & untested.
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Bible Verses about Disciplining Children and Spanking

Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Rev. 3:19).

The Blessing of Discipline

Proverb 29:17, “Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.” (cf. 3:1, 12:1, 13:1, 15:5)

Proverb 20:7, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”

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How to Overcome Stress & Anxiety with Christ – Part 2

Why let stress control your life? Why spend life in depression and frustration? Where is your faith in God if you are depressed and overly stressed? How important is a spiritual outlook on life? Paul’s example encourages us to press on “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12-14).

Cast your cares on Christ. Why worry about the storm “O you of little faith” when
Christ is with you (Matt. 8:26)?Cast Cares on Christ What should you do with problems that you cannot control? Peter was in the same boat that we are. He said, Continue reading

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How to Overcome Stress & Anxiety with Christ – Part 1

What did Jesus say about worry? Many times, we worry about what is not worth the time to worry. In the beginning and the end of Jesus’ ministry, He taught,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” (Luke 12:22-24, cf. Matt. 6:25ff)

Should we not worry about where our next meal will come from? Should we not worry about what our family will wear? If we do not worry about food and clothing, then why worry about other problems?

What good comes from anxiety and worry?Overcome anxiety What does Jesus say? “And which of you by worrying can Continue reading

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Who to Trust when Studying about Science and Religion

Trust the evidence, but not the claims labelled “Evidence”, “Truth”, etc. How do we find the truth? All of our basic knowledge comes from our observations starting early in age from our first cognitive awareness forward. Upon these observations, we use reason and make inductions connecting observations with observations throughout life. Along the way, we make assumptions jumping to conclusions, and even deceiving ourselves. We need a standard of proof to learn the truth.

That standard of evidence is seen in the reason that science and theological journals are peer-reviewed.Peer-reviewed These rely on the observation and confirmations of others. While scholarly journals may be peer-reviewed, this does not require the honest use of the standard of evidence. Such journals are not excluded from conclusions based on prejudice and assumptions. See, the ancient and historical legal maxim for evidence is the agreement of the observations from two or more witnesses. As taught in elementary school, two or more primary sources are needed to prove anything for certain. This standard is seen throughout history in Continue reading

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How Confident Can Christians Be that Jesus’ Life is Historical?

Christians of like mind find Jesus compellingly sincere and beyond the invention of mankind’s imagination. For that sincerity, most Christians believe. Jesus was witnessed by sincere men and women, who admitted initial doubt and skepticism in whom they first thought was a mere man. Yet, these found Jesus to be more. Followers of Jesus are astounded by the life, love, and miraculous works of Jesus, and Christians believe by the ancient witnesses of Jesus’ first followers, His Apostles. From then to today, Jesus’ followers believe in the Apostles and their associate prophets, and therefore conclude Jesus to be infallible upon their testimonies. By the definition of apostle meaning “sent out”, Jesus’ Apostles took His message to the world giving sincere accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are the faithful, who oversaw the collection of Christian scriptures in the middle to late 1st century (1 John 1:1-4, 2 Pet. 1:16-21, 3:15-16). What is the world’s response to this historical claim of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?

As Christians dig deeper for ancient references to Jesus, there are found other early Christian writers, who are witnesses, friends, and disciples of the Apostles of Christ. Such men include Clement, Mathetes, Polycarp, and Ignatius, who wrote in the middle to late 1st century and early 2nd century. As strata in history, these Christian writers were witnesses of the original witnesses, the Apostles and prophetic writers of the New Testament scriptures. Upon this layer, there were also the  Continue reading

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A Chronological Harmony of the Events of the Gospels

[For an introduction, please note the previous article: "Can There Be a True Chronological Harmony of the Gospels?".]

God Comes in the Flesh
In the Beginning – Jn 1.1-18
Jesus’ Genealogy through Grandfather Jacob – Mt 1.1-17
The Lord’s Angel Came to Zacharias – Lk 1.1-3, 4-25
Gabriel Came to Mary – Lk 1.26-38
The Lord’s Angel Came to Joseph – Mt 1.18-25
Elizabeth Blessed Mary – Lk 1.39-45
Mary Magnified God – Lk 1.46-56
Zacharias Prophesied of Newborn Son, John – Lk 1.57-66, 67-80
Jesus was Born – Lk 2.1-20
Jesus was Presented in the Temple – Lk 2.21-38
Wise Men from the East Come – Mt 2.1-12
Escape to Egypt – Mt 2.13-23
Jesus Grew in Wisdom and Stature – Lk 2.39-52
John the Baptist Prepared the Way – Mk 1.1-8, Mt 3.1-12, Lk 3.1-20
Jesus was Baptized – Lk 3.21-22, Mk 1.9-11, Mt 3.13-17
Jesus’ Genealogy through Grandfather Heli – Lk 3.23-38

Jesus’ First Year of Ministry
Satan Tempted Jesus – Mk 1.12-13, Mt 4.1-11, Lk 4.1-13 (3:23)
John the Baptist Testified of Jesus – Jn 1.19-34
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