Faith (Page 3)

Faith (Page 3)

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Book Review – Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes David Kinnaman (left) and Gabe Lyons Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme Written by: David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons Let’s face a sobering fact: We as followers of Jesus now dwell in a post-Christian world. In Western society, we are no longer the majority, therefore when it comes to related sociological constructs such as marriage, sex, politics, and morality in general, Christians – especially those of us in America –…
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Don’t Believe in Yourself…Seriously!

Approximate Reading Time: 6 Minutes Quite possibly the single greatest problem that has ever plagued mankind is the sin of pride. The iniquity of taking our focus off of God and applying it to ourselves in the guise of self-love and self-reliance is something that goes literally back to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan’s lie that by doubting God and going our own way, Eve could “be like God’ (Genesis 3:5). As a result…
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How to Memorize the Bible

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 If you are in any way a follower of Jesus Christ, digging into Scripture is an absolute must for essential Christian living, and for getting closer to God. The Bible is crammed full of various reasons and commands to…
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Book Review – Wounded in the Church by Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes We’ve all heard sorrowful tales of how certain Christian leaders and congregation members practice hypocrisy, psychological manipulation, shaming, criticism and rejection towards newer church goers. This feeling of hurt, dejection and betrayal of the most often heard reasons why people leave the church and shun organized religion. “Wounded in the Church: Hope Beyond the Pain,” by Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson, was written to address these issues. The book is rooted in Biblical truth and…
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The Yellow Light – Are We As Christians Too Much Like This World?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 Although the practice of email forwarding is waning because of the proliferation of sharing on social media instead, I still get a decent number various messages, jokes, sayings and pics fulling up my inbox. Oh, I do…
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Darth Vader in Church?

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Photo credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi Some churches are adding movie and TV quotes, references and even showing video snippets from these assorted media in order to draw in the “seekers.” Not too long ago, there was something that made me raise my eyebrows. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came upon a sponsored post advertising a grand opening for a new church here in Missouri. Instead of a typical marketing thrust featuring concepts and ideas…
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Want to Be a True Rebel? Be a Christian

Approximate Reading Time: 1 Minutes You want to REALLY be rebellious and non-conformist? Don’t look to getting thirty tattoos, piercings and dying your hair five colors. Everybody is doing that nowadays. Become a follower of Jesus Christ instead. I’m not knocking tattoos or anything else, but being a Christian is totally “against the grain” of what is currently accepted and conventional in Western society. The Father of “Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper (whose real name is Vincent Furnier), once said, “sex,…
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Where’s the Joy?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes Christians should be the most joyful people on Earth. Millions of Christians all across the nation and around the world have claimed to washed by the blood of Jesus Christ and born again by the Spirit, yet they are robotically plodding along living humdrum middle-class lives and just “don’t have it.” There’s no infectious enthusiasm and no heart overflowing. There’s a lack of something there that non-believers can see in us. These believers, instead, are just…
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Book Review – Driven By Eternity by John Bevere

Approximate Reading Time: 2 MinutesI’m doing a review for the audiobook version of Driven by Eternity from Audible.com. John Bevere’s Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever  is not for the spiritually squeamish. Yet it contains a message that has eternal consequences for everyone. Too many people think it’s okay to recite the “Sinner’s Prayer,” ask Jesus to come into their hearts, and then go back to living their old lives without even thinking about developing a relationship with God…

Why I Won’t Drink Alcohol Anymore

Approximate Reading Time: 7 Minutes What I’m about to say is full of my own opinions along with my attempt at well-thought-out reasons why I do not drink alcoholic beverages. With the exception of point #6, these are not presented or implied that these are Christian doctrine or theology. Instead, they’re mainly personal arguments why I have no desire to touch the stuff. I wish to make a few important points before I start things off: A. Some people have natural inclinations…

How to Argue Your Faith Online, Part Two

Approximate Reading Time: 10 Minutes Here is the follow-up article to an earlier post, How to Argue Your Faith Online, Part One. Before proceeding, I urge you to read that post in full to get a more well-rounded understanding before continuing on with these. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Are you back? Excellent! This time out I’ll introduce several more concepts, many of which tackle how you write and how you speak. Let’s get to it immediately… 6. Study Up On…
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How to Argue Your Faith Online, Part One

Approximate Reading Time: 5 Minutes Don’t let your defense of Christianity turn into this! “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” – 1 Peter 3:15 Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our mandate as Christ followers (Matthew 28:19). In doing so, we inevitably will encounter people countering our beliefs in…
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A New Undertaking in Writing…and a New Beginning

Approximate Reading Time: 8 Minutes Even though it doesn’t seem that long, I’ve been doing blogging for an entire decade, and then some. This whole adventure started with a general-purpose platform for my silly writing excursions on my “main” website of scottrobertsweb.com. You see, around 2006 and 2007, me, being a website designer, whipped together a rudimentary content management system (for you non-techies, I’m referring software such as WordPress that runs on the back-end). I hardly knew what the topic…
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Jesus is the Only Way!

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! This is something that I can’t be silent about. It’s changed me in ways that I cannot even describe. I am no better than any of you. I’ve sinned, I’ve stumbled, and I’ve…