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Ep. 1214: Is God Happy With My Attitude? (Part II)

Ep. 1214: Is God Happy With My Attitude? (Part II)

January 25, 2022
Theme Scripture: Matthew 5:1-2

When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he changed everything. All that the people of Israel had ever heard before this was related to the Jewish Law and much of that teaching had been corrupted by their religious leadership. Jesus sat on a hillside teaching his disciples, allowing anyone to listen in who had a mind to, as he unfolded transformational instructions for becoming a true disciple of his. The import of the simple statements he began his sermon with which are now known as the Beatitudes, is eternal. Last week we began to unpack these Beatitudes and covered the first three of the seven. As we proceed this week we will cover the final four. Our attempt will be to relay many of the deep lessons and instructions that Jesus laid out for us as he described his own character as a model for ours.

Ep. 1213: Is God Happy With My Attitude? (Part I)

Ep. 1213: Is God Happy With My Attitude? (Part I)

January 18, 2022
Theme Scripture: Matthew 5:1-2

Arguably, the most well-known sermon in the world is the Sermon on the Mount, delivered by Jesus over 2,000 years ago on a mountainside near the Lake of Gennesaret and Capernaum. It was his longest recorded sermon, covering important topics like loving your enemies, anger and murder, adultery and divorce, how to fast and laying up treasures in heaven. His audience was his disciples plus a curious crowd, attracted by his ability to perform wondrous miracles. The sermon began with several deceptively simple “blessed” statements called the Beatitudes. These statements are actually a profound foundation for all of Jesus’ teachings. They show us not only how to frame our view of life, they also show us how we are to treat those around us with godly grace.

Ep. 1212: Am I Too Bitter to Be Better?

Ep. 1212: Am I Too Bitter to Be Better?

January 11, 2022
Theme Scripture: Ephesians 4:31LibronixLink_dark.png

It is easy to live with bitterness. I am not suggesting that it’s comfortable, but I am suggesting that being bitter towards one or many people or circumstances is considered acceptable. We know it’s acceptable because if we pay attention, we will see that the harsh and angry results of a bitter temperament are widely encouraged. Bitterness can enter at every turn and enters easily and stealthily. Once in, it quietly takes root, masked as what we might consider justifiable anger or a justifiable reaction to wrong, or simply a justifiable defense of one’s own self. Then it grows – quietly and under the surface at first so we are comfortable with it, until one day we wake up and it rules our life.

Ep. 1211: Is the Devil in the Details of My Life?

Ep. 1211: Is the Devil in the Details of My Life?

January 4, 2022
Theme Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:11LibronixLink_dark.png

The source of the phrase, “The devil is in the details” is a bit unsure. It is thought to be a derivation of the phrase “God is in the detail,” thought to be from an old German proverb sometime in the 1800s. Whatever the origin, both phrases are profoundly true. As we begin a new year, we often look to get things in order, so that we can improve our quality of life. For a Christian, this is a great practice but is also one that should be approached with a measure of caution. Why? Because the devil CAN be in the details! Just because we decide we want our lives to be better does not mean we will automatically go about it in a God-honoring way! So, what do we watch out for? After a life examination, how can we be sure to have the details of our desires be more appropriate, have godliness written all over them and no trace of the devil?

Ep. 1210: Whose Voices Are You Listening To?

Ep. 1210: Whose Voices Are You Listening To?

December 28, 2021
Theme Scripture: Galatians 5:17LibronixLink_dark.png

Technology brings the world to the palm of your hand. This means we are bombarded with voices. Worldly voices of opinion, anger, politics, perspective, ego, trends and personal interpretations of morality. If you have technology in your life, it is virtually impossible to completely shut these voices out. On the other hand, we have the voice of God through His Word and through His people. This voice is powerful but quiet. It is relevant but subtle. It is nourishing but it seems outdated. It is transformative in a very positive way, but it is also laughed at as out of touch. So, how do we identify the voices around us and then intentionally choose whose will influence us to listen?

Ep. 1209: How Do We Keep Christmas About Jesus?

Ep. 1209: How Do We Keep Christmas About Jesus?

December 21, 2021
Theme Scripture: Luke 2:10LibronixLink_dark.png

So, what is Christmas about? Well, that depends on who you are. For some, Christmas is traditionally a time for family and friends. It’s a time when we are more likely to put aside the stresses of our daily grind and give a little more, smile a little more and notice what is around us a little more. It is a time to slow down and have gratitude. For others, it is a time of gifts, parties, decorations and entertainment. Spending goes into overdrive and the excitement rules the day. It is a time to speed up and be everywhere. For Christians, Christmas should be a time for gratitude as we reflect on the birth of our Lord Jesus. While we can do the family and friends things and also be part of the excitement and entertainment, how can we maintain our focus on the most important thing?

Ep. 1208: Do We Really Have Free Will?

Ep. 1208: Do We Really Have Free Will?

December 14, 2021
Theme Scripture: Joshua 24:15LibronixLink_dark.png

Outside of some deeply philosophical debates, the idea of human beings having inherent freedom of choice seems to be a generally acceptable premise. Free will makes us special. The capacity of conscious choice establishes humankind in a unique category in relation to the rest of life on our planet. When human beings interfere with the freedom of choice of other humans, the consequences are usually dark. We end up with things like oppression, slavery and dictatorships. Does God ever interfere with our freedom of choice? Does He ever override an individual’s chosen pathway and force them onto another one? Some scriptures seem to indicate this, but is it? How do we understand the value and application of human choice in God’s ultimate plan?

Ep. 1207:  Are There Secrets to Studying the Bible?

Ep. 1207: Are There Secrets to Studying the Bible?

December 7, 2021
Theme Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15LibronixLink_dark.png

The Bible is a complicated book. It is a book of many books written in several languages over more than 1,500 years by the hand of about 40 individuals. It contains history and prophecy, as well as spiritual, moral and legal guidance. Its content is relayed in the form of historical records, letters, proclamations and in symbolic and metaphorical language. Some teachings are in story form, some are illustrated by example, and others are expressed by way of rigid law. The Bible contains catchy phrases, exaggeration, long genealogies and profound truth. Intertwined in all of this is the word of God and the message of His divine plan of all ages for all of humanity. So, where does one start – how does one start to find a way to understand what it is saying?

Ep. 1206: Is a Near Death Experience a Glimpse of Heaven?

Ep. 1206: Is a Near Death Experience a Glimpse of Heaven?

November 30, 2021
Theme Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:3-4LibronixLink_dark.png

Near-death experiences  (NDEs) are common. They have been reported from cultures and religions worldwide for hundreds of years. In this near-death scenario, there is usually a dark tunnel with a warm and calming light at the end. Often there are deceased relatives waiting in that light to receive the person going through the  experience. Sometimes the person feels and sees themselves leave their body. At Christian Questions, we have always held that the Bible teaches that death is the absence of life. Could these NDEs be shedding a different light and proof on this subject? Are these experiences showing us a gateway to the supernatural, or could they in any way be physiological? One way or another, NDEs prove something. This question is, what?

Ep. 1205: How Can I Rejoice in Trials?

Ep. 1205: How Can I Rejoice in Trials?

November 23, 2021
Theme Scripture: Philippians 1:12-13LibronixLink_dark.png

Every Christian wants to be faithful in living their life with thankfulness. One immediate question that arises is, what causes us to be thankful? What life experiences bring us to gratitude? Most of us would answer that we feel appreciativeness when things fall into place or when a hard experience yields a righteous result. These are great times to give honor to God, but what about when the opposite happens? What kind of acknowledgment do we give to God when our opportunities are cut off for no good reason? Would we be grateful if we were singled out to have our personal freedoms to spread the gospel stripped, and we were instead literally locked in our house? The Apostle Paul was. The last several years of his life were mostly spent as a prisoner of Rome. What was his secret to rejoicing?

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