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Is Speaking in Tongues Necessary For Salvation?

There are some Christians who believe and teach that in order to be saved, a person must speak in tongues, which is a miraculous ability to speak in other languages that is given by the Holy Spirit. In particular, a group known as Oneness Pentecostals have popularized this teaching. Yet I would contend that this […]

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How Can I Know Which Movies, Music, and Video Games I Should Avoid?

Entertainment is big stuff these days. Movies, music, and video games combined make up more of our lives than most of us would like to admit. They really are the dominant forces in shaping the culture around us – for good or for bad. From a Christian perspective, how are we to handle all that is offered to us […]

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Saved By Faith or Works? A Look at the “Contradiction” Between Paul and James

“The Bible is full of contradictions!” I hear people say this all the time. Most of the time, if you were to ask that person to name one, they can’t. But that is not to say that there aren’t parts of the Bible that don’t seem to fit with the rest. Indeed, there are parts […]

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How Can “Ordinary” People Live to the Glory of God?

God’s ultimate goal is his own glory. Everything that he does is done to this end: the praise of his own name. This includes both showing mercy to undeserving sinners and disciplining his wandering people. One passage that makes this abundantly clear is Isaiah 48:9-11… [9] “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the […]

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Does John 15 Say Christians Can Lose Their Salvation?

I had a great conversation a little while ago with a friend about Jesus’ words in John chapter 15. We were discussing if that particular passage teaches that Christians can lose their salvation. It is easy to see why that question would come to mind. Jesus says, in part… [1] I am the true vine, […]

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

Church membership can be a controversial issue. I have met a number of Christians who are strongly opposed to it, and others who are staunch supporters. As with anything, believers ought to let Scripture guide our beliefs and practices and submit to the truth of God’s Word. In trying to answer the question “Is church […]

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Where is the Trinity Seen in Scripture?

*Note: The following article is an adaptation of a sermon I preached at Bible Fellowship Church answering the question, “How do we better understand the ‘Godhead’?” ————————————————————– The fundamental question of life is, Who is God? Some might argue that the fundamental question of life is What is the meaning of life? but to ask that […]

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How Should Christian Parents Talk to Their Kids About Sex Before Marriage?

It’s a question that every Jesus-loving parent must grapple with: How should I talk to my kids about sex before marriage? It’s a tough question not only because of the sensitivity of the issue, but because of the evolving complexities of today’s changing society. Many parents feel unequipped to handle this task, and understandably so. […]

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What is Common Grace?

Common grace is a term in Christian doctrine that refers to the goodness of God that is poured out on both believers and unbelievers. It is “common” in that it is universal – every person experiences degrees of common grace. It is “grace” in that we don’t deserve it. Common grace is to be differentiated […]

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Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?

…and we pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen. Heard that one before? If you’ve been around Christians much at all, no doubt this is a phrase you are well acquainted with. But why do Christians pray “in Jesus’ name”, and what does it even really mean? Remember, we shouldn’t do something simply because it’s what […]

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