Monthly Archives: November 2012
How do we know anything in this world? How do we know whether a defendant in court is guilty or innocent if we didn’t see the crime with our own eyes? Well we simply compile the evidence, analyze it and make the proper judgment based on the evidence. We use reason, logic and scientific evidence to determine how we know anything in this life. The same is true with God. Many atheists mock the existence of God saying that since we can’t “test” Him with the scientific method, there’s no evidence of His existence. Are they right? The problem with their line of reasoning is that they never reason that way in other matters of life (e.g. court cases). We can, through logic, reason and the available scientific evidence know for certain that God exists. Here’s a very concise, simple explanation of this issue at http://alivewithchrist.com/proofgodexists/ we can also learn the answer to how can I get saved there as well.
A very popular doctrine taught by religious leaders today is that when you become a Christian your physical life will immediately improve. Typically, these teachers will also tell that you’ll be even more blessed if you send them a hefty check! Is this what the Bible teaches?
We know that the apostles were beaten and persecuted around every corner (cf. 2 Cor. 11:23-33)
We know that Jesus Himself was hated by the religious leaders, His physical relatives, and was even rejected by His closest disciples in His hours of physical agony.
The Bible certainly DOES NOT teach that Christianity eases all of our physical burdens. A relationship with God is meant for one thing; eternal, spiritual healing.
So why does God allow His Christians to suffer? Find out at http://alivewithchrist.com/whydochristianssuffer/
What’s our purpose in life? Can we ever be sure of any real meaning? Philosophers, scientists, and theologians have bounced this question back and forth for thousands of years. However, did you know that every single person’s purpose in this life can be summed up in a single sentence? Find out just what that this at http://alivewithchrist.com/meaningoflife/
We live in a Baskin Robbins society. It seems like you can find of 30 flavors of Christianity no matter where you live. They all teach something different from the Bible, so they can’t all be true. The apostle Paul warned us this would happen when he wrote:
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…” (1 Timothy 4:1–2)
So how do we know whether or not our church is teaching God’s pure, untainted will? Here are some thoughts that will help us answer that question at http://alivewithchrist.com/isyourchurchpoisnous/. Keep studying it out for yourself!
Have you ever wondered if life were like a basketball game? What if you knew exactly when your life would end, how would that impact that last few seconds, hours, days of your life? Unfortunately life is not like a basketball game and there is no visual time-clock that we can see. So why do we sometimes act like there is?
Check out this excellent, thought-provoking article about what happens when we act as though we can see the game clock in our lives at http://alivewithchrist.com/buzzerbeaters/
Consider some of the words of wisdom we hear often today whenever we’re at a major crossroads in life. What advice are we told every day? When we were children and watched The Land Before Time we might remember Little-Foot’s mother telling him how to find the “Great Valley” by saying, “Let your heart guide you.” If we watched Star Wars we can remember Yoda telling Obi-Wan “Use your feelings.” Or we might even remember Roxette’s 1989 # 1 hit “Listen to your Heart.” Clearly we are a society that values following the emotions of our heart in making major life decisions. What are God’s two cents on this matter? He says:
“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Have you ever made a decision because it felt right in your heart, but it turned out to be a horrible mistake? I have! According to God, our heart is about the worst thing we could listen to in making a decision. Do you think that God would know whether or not we should listen to our hearts? Well…He is the one you designed it, so that kind of makes Him the authority on the matter.
If we can’t trust our hearts, then what can we trust to govern our decisions? Jesus said:
“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
We don’t want to trust our hearts to be our sole guide in any matter of life because they can/will lie to us. When it comes to matters of our our soul will spend an eternity we DEFINITELY don’t want to “let our heart be our guide.” Only God’s word can guide us into real truth.
If you want to know more about this, come visit us at http://www.alivewithchrist.com to find out how God can guide you into truth.
It can be very frustrating when people you care about are not living according to the Lord’s guidance in all areas of life. Sometimes, our first temptation is to grab them by the collar and try to knock some sense into them. It can be easy to really ride someone hard about their wrong doings, but is that always the best way to motivate people to do what’s right? The Corinthians were not fully devoting themselves to God’s rule and here’s how Paul motivated them:
“I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.” (2 Corinthians 7:3–4)
While Paul could have severely rebuked them for allowing false teachers to influence them, he didn’t do it. He was more interested in encouraging them to do what’s right. Paul was so confident that he told them He knew they’d do the right thing. That’s often how God wants us to go about correcting a sinful person; by expressing our full faith that they will do the right thing. This is what http://www.alivewithchrist.com is all about
All throughout history we’ve seen empires rise and fall. However in their prime they thought they had control over all the world, and that nothing could possibly go wrong. What happens when we (as a nation) trust in ourselves and leave God out of it?
“Therefore wait for Me,” declares the Lord, “For the day when I rise up as a witness. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.” (Zephaniah 3:8)
There will come a day when all nations, of every generation, will know 100% that God is in control of their fate. Where will our nation be when God deals out judgment to us? How can we as Christians help make America’s judgment a favorable one? Learn more at http://www.alivewithchrist.com
According to a 2005 poll conducted by ABC news, 89% of Americans believe in a heaven. Furthermore 85% of Americans who believe in heaven believe they’re going to go there when they die. That’s quite a lofty number. What does God’s word have to say about who will go to heaven.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23)
According God Himself, there are going to be lots of people who go around this word claiming that Jesus is their Lord (i.e. they think they’re real Christians), but they’ll be kept out of heaven by God. The reason is not because they didn’t believe in Him. The reason will be because they didn’t do the will of the Father during their life.
Sadly there are lots of Americans (and people all over the world) who go around claiming Jesus as their Lord, and being very religious but when it comes to certain parts of God’s will, they follow their own desires. This will keep them out of heaven. Unless we proclaim this message loudly and often, then those 85% of Americans will be very shocked on the day of judgment. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Visit us as http://www.alivewithchrist.com