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Why is it Sometimes Difficult to Know God’s Will?

Sometimes I wish the Bible were more specific about some things. When making big decisions – when studying particularly complicated, hot-button topics in categories of worship, morality, or ethics – when giving people counsel – sometimes I catch myself wishing that God had more clearly spelled out verbatim what He wants. However, God didn’t ask […]

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The Inerrancy of Scripture: What’s at Stake

Every now and then, people will kick around the idea of the “inerrancy” of Scripture. What does inerrancy mean, and why is it such a big deal? What is inerrancy? When we say something is inerrant, we mean it is without error, mistake, contradiction, or falsehood. Inerrant means “true, trustworthy, reliable, accurate, and infallible.” Thus, […]

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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like these. While they may be partially true, left alone they are dangerously misleading. Grace, faith, works of obedience, baptism – all of these things play a […]

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What It Means To Be Free In Christ

“Jesus has set me free. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about getting everything right,” said one Christian. “Yes,” another chimed in. “Trying to follow every command in the Bible would make you a legalist, when Jesus specifically freed you from the Law.” Is this what the Bible teaches? After all, Jesus said: And Paul […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear to worship a salvation issue?” “Is church attendance a salvation issue?” Used this way, the phrase “salvation issue” (never found in Scripture) is employed to […]

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7 Tips for Thinking Right about Bible Translations

1. The King James Version was not the first English translation. John Wycliff translated the first English Bible between 1382 to 1395, but he translated it from the Latin Vulgate (meaning he translated it from another translation). Then, in 1526, William Tyndale translated the New Testament and about half of the Old Testament from Hebrew […]

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Your Systematic Theology Is Showing

They say everyone’s a critic. Well, everyone’s a theologian, too. Even in our increasingly secular, post-Christian world, theology is inescapable. You see, every worldview has theological implications. For example, atheism is the theological view that God does not exist. Secularism is the theological attempt to separate religion from everyday life. Postmodernism is the theological idea […]

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Why Do People Interpret The Bible Differently?

One man is a member of this church because of this Biblical reason, another is a member of that church because of that Biblical reason. One man believes or practices this, another believes or practices that. Why do so many people study the same New Testament, but draw different conclusions? Concerning interpreting the Bible, G.H. […]

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Don’t Just Take The Bible Literally

Skeptics and non-believers frequently look for “gotcha” moments to pin on Christians. One of their favorite questions is, “Do you take the Bible literally?” – hoping you will say “yes.” And before that “yes” leaves your lips, their response is ready: “So you believe only 144,000 thousand will be saved?” (alluding to Rev. 7:1-7; 14:1-5). […]

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My 10 Favorite Bible Verses About Faith

It All Comes Down To Faith “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), meaning there is no Christianity without faith. Who Doesn’t Want More Faith? If you ask anyone who claims to be a Christian if they want to grow in faith, the universal answer is “Yes!” Why? The more we grow […]

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Do You Want To Delight More In Scripture?

You know you should delight in Bible study. You’ve read verses that talk about loving and finding joy in Scripture. You realize you are supposed to “long for the pure spiritual milk’ (1 Pet. 2:2). If you’re like me, sometimes you feel guilty when words like these don’t exactly describe your life. Maybe there are […]

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5 Things I Can’t Find In My Bible

The Bible is perfect and its Author is perfect. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17) and is our all-sufficient guide (2 Tim. 3:16-17). While there are some things that are difficult to understand (cf. 2 Pet. 3:16), the Bible is clear and understandable. We make a mistake, however, when we believe something the Bible does […]

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