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As scary as hell?

No. There is nothing as scary as hell. I just finished a novel in which one of the main characters had a near-death experience of going to hell; the author created a terrifying imaginary scene. Jesus and his apostles said hell is a real place of endless regret, darkness, burning, and pain; we do not need a fictional account to be very afraid of it. Bible phrases to describe hell include: “the lake of fire”,…

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Prayers of Jesus

Jesus often sought solitude to pray; sometimes he rose early in the morning to pray other times he prayed well into the night. Jesus knew his heavenly Father always heard his prayers and he thanked God for hearing him. Jesus also thanked God for revealing the gospel first to the common people and not the learned and powerful. When his disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, Jesus taught them to address God as…

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The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus

When Jesus rose from death he completed the most heroic mission in the history of the world and the greatest comeback of all time. It opened the way to eternal life for anyone willing to believe in and follow Jesus. We can have a new life now Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are steps all of his followers emulate in baptism and in the good life we begin after baptism. So we don’t just look…

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Believe in the resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, the angel told Mary Magdalene and the women with her that Jesus had risen from the dead and that he would meet his disciples in Galilee; the women ran to tell the disciples. At the same time, the guards who witnessed the angel descend from heaven and roll away the stone that covered Jesus’ tomb went and reported what happened to the chief priests. I am amazed…

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It wasn’t body snatching

After Jesus died on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body, but Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead, so he asked the centurion if Jesus was dead. After verifying the fact, Pilate released the body to Joseph. Joseph, a secret disciple of Jesus, was also member of the Jewish ruling council, but he had not consented to executing Jesus. With the help of Nicodemus, Joseph took Jesus’ body…

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Pawn it all

Today, I heard an Alicia Keys song entitled “Pawn It All”. In the chorus, she said she would pawn a watch, chain, diamond ring, everything just to start over again. How many people wish they could start over again, but are afraid the cost would be too high? I have no idea if Alicia Keys had a spiritual or biblical intent when she wrote that song, but it made me think of Jesus’ words in…

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Inspired by God

One of the mysteries about God is how God maintains sovereignty over everything in the universe and still allows for human free will and responsibility. For example, God inspired the writing of the scriptures, but he allowed people to be involved in the process. This is what the apostle Peter wrote. 2 Peter 1:20-21 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for…

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The man who forgot about God

The man who forgot about God started off as a good and godly man. His name was Asa, king of Judah. Idol worship was rampant in the land and Asa worked hard to stop false worship. He removed many places of worship to false gods. He even removed his grandmother, Maacah, from her positon as Queen mother because she worshipped idols. It’s hard for me to imagine going against your mother or grandmother, but King…

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Three Persons, One God

Recently, a friend of mine commented on the fact that a character in one of my stories referred to God in the plural. My friend said some people would consider such a reference as blasphemy, because it implied polytheism, the worship of many gods. As Christians, we believe in one God who exists as three unified, but distinct persons each of whom equally possesses all the qualities of Godhood. This is one of several truths…

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Without repentance there can be no redemption

God demonstrated his love for every human being by sending Jesus to die in our place while we were his enemies. Jesus paid the price required to redeem us, so we could be restored back to a right relationship with God. Even though the redemption price has been paid, you are not redeemed just because you exist. You cannot remain an enemy of Jesus and expect redemption. We all have to repent of our sins,…

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