Connecting with God

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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Greetings my fellow facttruthers. I hope you all have been continuing to study the Word for yourselves and make your own conclusions as to what accurate Christian beliefs you should hold. It’s always a joy to see your likes indicating that you appreciated my thoughtful insights, and to read your comments as you offer your thoughtful perspectives or encouraging appreciation to me as we enhance each others knowledge of things. In this post I’m going to be a little bit more transparent as to my current frame of mind in my faith, and this will be less of a Christian topical study where we review over Scripture. But I will still reference Scripture in sharing my thoughts. (more…)

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Does God want Christians to leave their denominations?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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What is the church? When we say church today, we often think of a triangular shaped building with a cross on top of it, but that doesn’t appear to be what the church is according to Scripture. Let’s observe the following scriptures. Colossians 1:18 “He (Jesus) is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Ephesians 1:22-23 “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His (Jesus) body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;” So what can be the conclusions that seem apparent in these verses on the church? The church is the body of Christ, and there is one body of Christ which people become a part of upon salvation. So in the middle of us being a part of one Body of Christ, where did all these denominations come from? (more…)

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Should Christians only listen to Christian music?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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As I grew up around Christianity most of my life, this was a question that I’ve seen asked and discussed among many people within the faith. You have one side of people who believe that it’s okay to listen to any music you want to listen to, and you have other people who say that it’s ungodly to listen to music that’s not Christian-based. With any debate regarding what’s truthful and acceptable within the Christian faith, we can always turn to the Scripture to help make our conclusions. I think the first thing that must be considered is what defines “Christian music”? (more…)

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Are Christians once saved always saved?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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I’ve found myself somewhat curious about this throughout my journey of discovering scriptural truth. I know some people say yes and some people say no, but fortunately since we have scripture, it’s my conclusion it can give us all the answers we need to know on major theological concerns without too much speculation. As I say often, it’s important for a Christian to always go by all of the scripture on everything as much as possible, and align themselves in agreement with it, because the scripture should always have the final say on one’s understanding of things (2 Tim 3:16). With that said, let’s start from the beginning of how one first of all gain’s salvation to even potentially lose it in the first place. (more…)

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Christians can use curse words?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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A topic like this would seem to be a no-brainer in Christian culture today, and for most of my life before I became a student of the Word, this had been pretty much a no-brainer to me as well. I really despised when people that proclaimed to be Christians chose to say certain words that I thought shouldn’t be said by a Christian. I’ve always been very put off by it. But then when I thought about the meaning of cursing, I wondered to myself, is what we define as cursing today the same thing that Scripture defines as cursing? Are words/phrases like “ass”, “bastard”, “bitch”, “damn it”, “what the hell”, “fuck”, and “shit” clearly defined by God as sinful words/phrases that should not be uttered, or is cursing according to the Word something different? (more…)

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What is God’s plan for my life?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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What is God’s plan for my life? Such a common question asked by many of professed Christians, but yet many fail to find that answer staring right back at them in Scripture. It’s somewhat of a pet peeve of mine that some expect God to have a specific designated special plan for their life as if they’re destined to achieve some kind of grand self-fulfilling purpose especially made for them. Students of the Word, I challenge you to recognize that your purpose in life is not specific, but in actuality quite general. We’ve all been given a general purpose as followers of Christ to fulfill God’s will (which is to say his desire that we commit ourselves to obeying His instructions of us in Scripture) and to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)

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Is the church required to tithe?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

I thought I’d switch things up today and figured this might be an interesting topic to discuss. We’ll continue with Romans in my next post discussing chapter 6. I’ve kind of had my own curiosities about tithing growing up, so I thought it would be good to address this and share my conclusions based on the Scripture. Growing up, I was always made to believe from probably watching most televangelists that tithing was something that every follower of Christ had to do. I didn’t necessarily understand why, but I thought when I became an adult, that was something I was going to have to be finanically prepared to do as well. So it was just something I was going to be set on doing as I think my parents did as well, though I never actually asked if the exact amount they were giving in the collection plate was a tenth. (more…)

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Does Scripture reject Eisegesis?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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Eisegesis – “the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text. This is commonly referred to as reading into the text.” As I’ve come to be more of an astute “studier” of the Word, I’ve done my best to avoid this style of subjectively determining what the text means, but letting the text tell me what it means. A good friend once told me that the best way to interpret Scripture is with Scripture. In other words, if God is the Word as John 1 states, and you don’t understand something He said, then let Him explain things further to you by searching through all of what He has to say, rather than jumping to your own conclusion and assuming what He’s saying. If I see a verse I don’t understand, I look for another verse on the same subject, or I look at the verse prior or after that verse to get the understanding of what the meaning of the text is. (more…)

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Can all the Scripture be applied to our lives?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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Luke 12:41 “Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” An interesting question Peter is asking Jesus here isn’t it? The question that comes to mind as I read this verse with you, is why would Peter ask if something the Lord said, was for everyone, or just for him and the primary disciples? Could it possibly be that Peter knew that some things were directed to them, and that other things were directed to everyone? Could it also possibly be that not all of the Word is directly applicable to our lives? (more…)

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