Posts Tagged "Christian"

Christian Fundamentals: God’s Love – 1 John 4:7-12

How can God possibly love us when we are, in the great scheme of things, apparently so insignificant? The psalmist wrote: ‘When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?’…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Living to Please God – 1 John 3:19-24

In our age of uncertainty where everything is examined, questioned, and doubted how can we know we belong to God’s family and have eternal life? John confidently writes of an assurance that is not always our experience, ‘I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have…read more →

Communion: At the Right Communion Table

The Church I Go To (and the church I don’t) We too often identify our selves, define ourselves, by what we are not rather than by what we are. Our religion is often swathed in controversy simply because we will insist on living it in opposition to the way others live it, rather than on its own merits. Of course,…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: False prophets, Testing the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6: Testing Prophets by Outcome and Teaching Christ’s Spirit leads us into holiness and guides us in his ways (John.16:13) but what do we do when false teachers claim to be led by the same Spirit? It isn’t simply about what we agree with, or otherwise. People make life-changing decisions based on what they are taught, who they…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Living in God’s Family

1 John 3:1-6: Likeness is Evidence of Relationship What phrases do we use to describe family likeness? In the blood In the DNA The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree Like Father, like son In other words, likeness is evidence of relationship. 1 John 2:29 tells us we are ‘born of God.’ Is there a family likeness? Behold! A…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Abiding in Truth-1 John 2:24-29

Contrary to what some would have us believe, the Christian life is not a series of mountaintop experiences. Many disappointments may be avoided if we would grasp this one truth; much of our Christian experience is daily routine and in that pattern of life we are called upon to remain faithful. How are we to stay on course and grow…read more →

Is the Mormon Testimony Redundant?

Gone Are The Days In an article in the December 2016 Ensign magazine, Mormon apostle Elder Russell M Ballard wrote: ‘As Church education moves forward in the 21st century, our educators need to consider any changes they should make in the way they prepare to teach, how they teach, and what they teach if they are to build unwavering faith…read more →

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Translations, and the New World Translation

Jehovah’s Witnesses, in support of their New World Translation, make extensive use of obscure, questionable Bible translations. You won’t find them in your local Christian bookshop. You won’t find them on the shelves in a typical Jehovah’s Witness home. It is enough for them that the Society approves these translations, enough that they appear to confirm what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe….read more →

5 Reasons People Join Cults and Cults are Successful

We are frequently asked why people join cults, often with a tone of incredulity. The truth is no one joins a cult. People find themselves in a cult having joined a community of people with whom they have come to identify, a settled community that seems to have answers not found elsewhere. They have been invited, included, taken seriously, treated…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: The Battle For Truth

1 John 2:15-17 – What’s Wrong With The World? There is a battle for truth in our world today. We have, so far, seen that true fellowship with God is marked by: An increased consciousness of sin (1 John 1:6-10) A growing likeness to Christ (1 John 2:1-6) God’s light shines in God’s law and in Christian love and conviction…read more →

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