• The last days is a common phrase in Scripture, especially with the prophets of the Old Testament. They often speak of the last days and other derivative phrases such as days are coming or latter days or in/on that day. The Hebrew words for "last/latter" and "days" can be understood "end" and "times/age" respectively. As [more]

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  • Some maintain that Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. Often, this is put forward as a statement of fact in order to move forward to the much "larger" discussions regarding the meaning of extra-Biblical quotes, their place in Scripture, and the question of their inspiration. The book of Enoch is part of what's [more]

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  • A literal one thousand year reign of Jesus on His throne. There are many that believe Jesus' return is for just that - a one thousand year reign (millennium) on earth. It is widely taught and even passed down as "church doctrine." It is a teaching that comes from primarily one verse - Revelation [more]

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  • Someone hearing the gospel is certainly one way for an individual to come to know about God's word and His will. When somebody hears the "good news" they learn about Jesus, His mission on earth and God's plan for mankind's salvation. While hearing the gospel is one way, is it the only way [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, Jesus the SonTags: , , , , , Last Updated: May 21st, 2021
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  • "It's a miracle!" That's an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn't study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic victory by the U.S. Men's Hockey team is known as the "Miracle on Ice." [more]

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  • Must an apostle see Jesus? This question gets raised when attempting to justify the appointment of apostles today. The word "apostle" in the Greek (apóstolos) literally means "one who is sent" or "to send off" or simply "messenger". Therefore, while the word could be applied to any missionary or emissary, the question about requiring that [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, Jesus the SonTags: , , , Last Updated: June 13th, 2021
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  • It is such an important question. Can we lose our salvation? Or said another way: Can God's grace be rejected? Can someone actually squander, neglect, or even return as it were their free gift from God? There is a prevailing thought about this question among the Christian community. For example, a popular answer to [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, Obedience, Reformed/Calvinism, SalvationTags: , , , , Last Updated: December 31st, 2020
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  • Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn't the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to "other" revelation. "Other" could be other scriptural authority such as the Quran or the Book of Mormon. Or, evangelists claiming to speak [more]

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  • At the intersection of religion and politics is influence. Specifically, can the righteous influence unrighteous leaders? Of course, there are all kinds of religious interest groups attempting to influence policy one way or the other. But what about individual influence? At the time of this posting, the United States is a largely Christian nation founded [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, JudgementTags: , , Last Updated: June 11th, 2021
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  • Christ's church goes by many, many different names in this day and time. The signs in front of Christian churches testify to the countless denominations that exist as well as thousands of independent or non-denominational groups. Christ's church may indeed be hard to identify with a sign. Wikipedia defines a Christian denomination as a [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, Jesus the Son, WorshipTags: , , Last Updated: June 13th, 2021
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  • Nero of Rome Unrighteous political leaders can hold sway on many things that Christians must endure. It could be policy decisions, wars that are fought or just general injustice and corruption. The unrighteous political leaders' decisions can have a profound effect on a Christian - how they live, if they're persecuted, if [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, JudgementTags: , , , , Last Updated: January 1st, 2021
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  • How worship to God happens and what it actually looks like varies around the world. In fact, others' offering of worship to God in your own community may look completely different from how you worship. Of course there are differences in how people dress and things they might recite, but this question is [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the Father, WorshipTags: , , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • It may seem like an odd or obvious question, but it's definitely worth asking. Christian's should be mindful of who we worship when coming together. More and more evidence in the Evangelical and Christian world today would suggest the question of who we worship is either forgotten or not terribly important. Advocacy for [more]

    Categories: God the Father, The Godhead, WorshipTags: , , , , , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • Are Christians supposed to gather on a specific day when we worship collectively? Justin Martyr was born in 100 and was a second century apologist. Through his writings and the centuries of Christian practice since, tradition certainly has been established for that day to be Sunday, the first day of the week. If [more]

    Categories: God the Father, WorshipTags: , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • Scripture weighting is not a term you will find in Scripture. However, it's a practice you may recognize when coming to conclusions about Scripture. Fundamentally, it's the practice of ignoring Scripture. That might sound egregious -- but it's fairly rampant in the world of Bible study and theology. A primary objective of this [more]

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  • Do you pray to Jesus or God? Have you ever thought about the mechanics of your prayers? Maybe you've never thought about it or think it doesn't really matter. To be sure, many Christians today pray to Jesus...and God the Father...and even to the Holy Spirit. This same question was asked and answered by Graham [more]

    Categories: Prayer, The GodheadTags: , , Last Updated: October 19th, 2021
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  • Many today claim to be God's prophet. In fact, there is a wide belief in what is referred to as the prophetic ministry. Statements like "The most urgent need of the modern church is for the restoration of the prophetic ministry" and "We all need the prophetic voice to come into the earth that [more]

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  • Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral -- an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don't take much stock in the structure at all, whether an official worship building or someone's house. Yet [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy Spirit, WorshipTags: , , , Last Updated: August 29th, 2021
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  • It seems that there have always been "prophets" of one sort or another. In another question we look at what Scripture has to say about determining a prophet of God from one that was false. But more fundamentally, what is a prophet of God? We have lots of examples of individuals that Scripture records [more]

    Categories: ProphetsTags: , , , , , , , Last Updated: October 14th, 2021
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  • The children of Israel were surrounded by prophets that claimed to be speaking for God but they were actually false prophets. In fact, by most accounts in the Old Testament, most "prophets" were false prophets and there were two kinds. First, there were prophets associated with other gods. For example, when Elijah is all [more]

    Categories: Authority, ProphetsTags: , , , , Last Updated: August 12th, 2021
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  • The word Bible is from the Greek and Latin meaning "book" or "books". The Christian Bible as we know it is made up of two Testaments or Covenants (Old and New) and might also be referred to as the Holy Writ, Holy Scriptures or Word of God. It is a collection of sixty-six different [more]

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  • Scripture interprets Scripture is built on the belief that all Scripture is from God. Essentially, if all of the Bible is from an unchanging God then it must also be inerrant and without contradiction - being from one, divine author. Therefore, the goal should be to let Scripture interpret Scripture as much as is [more]

    Categories: AuthorityTags: , , , , Last Updated: October 2nd, 2021
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  • It's a common refrain from those in the world. "Follow your heart." Or maybe you've heard someone say, "the heart wants what the heart wants." It's usually meant to be aspirational and reassuring, giving the individual confidence to do whatever it is they have a mind to do. Pop singer Madonna released a [more]

    Categories: AuthorityTags: , , , , , Last Updated: June 4th, 2021
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  • Has the God of the universe changed over time? Is God's character subject to "evolving" the same way that you and I would develop over time? God's character not changing is sometimes described as the immutability of God (defined by Dictionary.com as "not mutable; unchangeable; changeless"). However, some struggle with this question. For example, [more]

    Categories: Authority, God the FatherTags: , , , , Last Updated: October 2nd, 2021
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  • The sinner's prayer is something frequently referred to by preachers today. In fact, at the close of every sermon from Joel Osteen he asks those that are not saved or have fallen away to pray with him. The prayer is asking Jesus to "come into their lives." He might also ask them to [more]

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