Christian living

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Yes, No, Maybe: Why God Seems Indifferent to Your Prayers

It’s a great shame among the church­es that the “answers” to prayer have been reduced to the pos­si­bil­i­ties of “yes, no, or maybe” or “no, yes, and not yet” or even “always yes.” They have com­plete­ly for­got­ten that, as the Psalmist wrote, hold­ing sin in ones heart keeps God from hear­ing! Every Chris­t­ian seems so utterly …

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Missing the Point

Con­tent warn­ing: This post con­tains a pho­to­graph from a West­boro Bap­tist protest which is used as an exam­ple of what not to do. It con­tains lan­guage which is offen­sive. Over a decade ago, while I yet called myself a Chris­t­ian, I was onto some­thing good: a real­iza­tion that homo­pho­bic protests and oth­er­wise aggres­sive “evan­ge­lism” were no way to prop­er­ly show forth the …

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Faith without Works: On Living an Empowered Christian Life

It’s becom­ing increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to pin down just what I believe. Well, let me rephrase that: I believe in Jesus Christ and in the Scrip­tures as His tes­ti­mo­ny. And while I am fair­ly con­ver­sant in Scrip­tur­al the­ol­o­gy, I some­times won­der what it is I’m sup­posed to be doing, how it is I can live out an empow­ered Chris­t­ian life. Yeah, it’s …

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Does the World Hate You?

Thes­is: The world isn’t going to hate you because you believe in sal­va­tion by grace through faith. They might scoff, they might make fun, but hate you? Rarely, if ever. The world will hate you, though, when you take you belief in sal­va­tion by grace through faith beyond that. The world will hate you when …

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“The Wise and Foolish Virgins” by Peter von Cornelius

Holy Polygamy: Men of the Bible with Multiple Wives

Abdon, Abi­jah, Abra­ham, Ahab, Aha­suerus, Ashur, Bels­haz­zar, and many more men in the Bible had mul­ti­ple wives, but does the Bible ever con­demn them for that par­tic­u­lar life deci­sion? Whether the men chose to have more than one wife of their own voli­tion or they were giv­en the wives by God, it would seem as though God has no prob­lem with hav­ing mul­ti­ple wives.

A Salted Faith