Modern Day Lessons

When your faith is shaken by others, remind yourself who’s really in charge.

  “Satan has asked to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Luke 22:31 When a religious leader or anyone else you hold in high esteem falters, it is only natural to be disappointed, saddened, and hurt. But to have your faith shaken by the acts of someone…
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If you don’t believe prayer works, you are naive. Even science shows benefits of prayer are real.

Christians know that prayer works – they see its power demonstrated every day in their lives. Still, skeptics decry prayer as folly, a wistful effort to wish away problems or magically influence future events. They are naive. Scientific evidence has demonstrated repeatedly that prayer and the psychology behind it truly…
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Did John the Baptist and Jesus conspire to create the Messiah story? Here’s where atheist logic breaks down.

Detractors and non-believers claim that John the Baptist and Jesus conspired to create the Messiah story. They point out that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, born only months apart. They highlight that the two grew up together, played together, and naturally would have had their systems of belief…
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Religion as a crutch for the weak and wounded? If you use religion as a buffer against life’s struggles, you’re (probably) missing the point.

It’s a common atheist battle cry – “religion is a crutch for weak people with feeble minds”. According to these secular “faith experts”, religion’s sole purpose is to buffer believers from fear – fear of death, love loss, bad health, or any other distressful state of affairs we worry could…
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Top most popular bible verses – for strength, happiness, and life-guiding wisdom

The Holy Bible is full of wondrous verses that provide not just the foundation for our religion, but nuggets of wisdom we can use in our everyday lives.  The following are more than 100 of the most popular verses in the bible.  Commit these poetic verses to memory so they…
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Parts of the Bible are based on oral retelling of events – here’s how we can be assured they are accurate

It is likely that at least some of the histories recorded in the Bible were not documented at the time they occurred. For instance, the creation accounts in Genesis were almost certainly not recorded millions of years ago. Likely, the creation stories  transitioned to the Bible’s pages through oral tradition…
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The Christian concept of philanthropy – what the bible says about charity and giving

The fire Lightning struck my son and wife’s home during the early morning hours of July 4, 2017 - the day they were due to return from the hospital after giving birth to their first child. Theirs was a new marriage, new family, grounded in a hard-earned new starter home.…
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Faith tested – What if Jesus’ spectacular walking on water miracle was a trick?

The scriptures tell us, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus instructed the disciples to get into a boat and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus then dismissed the crowd of five thousand and went to a mountainside to pray by himself. Shortly before…
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What does it mean, “Jesus died for our sins”?

Christians will be familiar with the idioms: “God sacrificed his only son” and “Jesus died for our sins.” For many Christians, the meaning of the phrases is confusing at best and horrifically sad at worst. How could God “sacrifice” his only son? And what does Jesus’ death have to do…
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What the Bible says about fear, anxiety, and courage – how to shirk the crippling embrace of fear

Christians must stand strong and shirk fear Fear is ironic. We revel in the paralyzing fear we feel when riding a roller coaster but hate the tingle of fear we feel when standing near the edge of a cliff. We enjoy the terror we feel while watching a horror movie…
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