Peace and Contentment

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

philippi-1
wikimapia.org

Peace and contentment. Sounds like two things just about all of us wish we could have in life. The final chapter division of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a beautiful reminder that Christians can have that peace and contentment. We last left off with Paul explaining what an authentic disciple is and is not, that a Christian’s highest loyalty is to Christ, and the transformation of our bodies will be conformed to His Glory. Paul begins this last chapter division by encouraging the Philippians to again stand firm in the Lord. (more…)

Read More

Being an Authentic Disciple

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

philippi-1
wikimapia.org

Let’s talk about being an authentic disciple. By the way, for those who may wonder why I keep using this image in my last few posts, it’s an image of the ancient city of Philippi. So in the second chapter of Philippians we discussed the emphasis Paul put on unity and obedience in Christ. In this third chapter division of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the primary emphasis shifts towards being aware of those who are not authentic disciples of Christ, and how to exemplify being an authentic disciple of Christ. (more…)

Read More

One mind, One love

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

philippi-1
wikimapia.org

One mind and one love seems an appropriate theme for Chapter 2 of Philippians. When we left off from the first chapter of Philippians, Paul was indicating to the Philippians that suffering is a part of the Christian journey, just as he is currently suffering in jail as they read this letter. As we continue this letter into the beginning of chapter 2, he appeals to the Philippians to bring joy to him by being united in one mind and one love. (more…)

Read More

Sabbath or Sunday?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

sabbath-christians
www.truejesuschurch.sg

Hello again all my fact-truthers. Today I’m going to address the topic of the Sabbath and whether observances of that day and assembling of the Body of Christ on that day was meant to occur with Christians or not. This is going to be a very long post just to warn you beforehand, but I think it’ll be well worth the time you spend reading. We’ll begin where my curiosities and personal journey to finding an accurate conclusion for myself began. I’d say about two months ago I got into a conversation with a Seventh Day Adventist. The topic of the Sabbath came up, and I challenged this individual to give me reasoning for its continued observance and choice of assembling on that day as opposed to a majority of modern Christianity typically conducting rest and worship of the Lord on Sunday. So here is the following conversation edited slightly for conciseness. SDA represents this individual’s response, and FBT of course represents yours truly. (more…)

Read More

Christians Don’t Fall in Love

Last updated on November 13th, 2019

Christian-love
devfloat.net

Ah love. In popular culture you either fall in it or fall out of it. But I’m here to tell you today that the truth is, Christians don’t fall in love. Some of you reading this might say, “Wait a second! I’m a Christian, and I’ve fallen in love!” Well, while you may describe your personal emotional experience as falling in love, what I’m specifically telling you is that does not reflect the teachings and examples we have before us in scripture. Let’s consider the descriptions we’re given of love. (more…)

Read More

How often should Christians pray?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

pray
passion4people.org

How often should I pray? Some people are often not sure if they pray enough in their daily journey as a follower of Christ. One may see a verse such as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which states, “pray without ceasing”, and think they should be praying as much as possible. Though if we look into other verses presented before us, perhaps we can get a better insight of how much prayer would seem desirable to God. But first, let’s see if we can dive deeper into the meaning of “praying without ceasing”. (more…)

Read More

Preach the Word

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

bible2
ithrivechurch.com

Preach the Word was what Paul instructed to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2. In many verses throughout scripture there appear to be suggestions given of what a preacher is supposed to preach. The theme appears to always center around sticking to the teachings in scripture, and deviating from it as little as possible. However, in my observation of popular churches in American culture today, many of them are becoming less and less focused on scriptural teaching, and more and more focused on personal anecdotes and motivational speeches.  Picking and choosing verses here and there out of context to formulate one’s own original message, rather than letting Scripture be the messenger. I won’t name names of preachers or churches, but I’m sure some popular ones today can immediately come to mind. So I thought it’d be more important to show the ideas that scripture seems to present of what kind of preaching a preacher is supposed to give you, and you can determine for yourself whether the church you currently assemble with reflects that, or if perhaps that you need to make a change. (more…)

Read More

factbasedtruth.com vs gty.org (baptism)

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

aztechbeat
aztechbeat.com

Hello again my fellow facttruthers. The other day I got into a very healthy and vigorous debate with a believer of the Christian faith on the necessity of baptism for salvation. I think it’s always important to encounter people who reach different conclusions to you on faith matters to further sharpen your beliefs. After debunking most of the usual points that people bring up (“baptism is a work”, “Romans 10:9”, etc.), the person decided as a last resort to throw a link of a website that he felt confident would debunk all my scriptural assertions. Being a person that’s always up for having my thinking challenged for the betterment of reaching the best understanding of my faith, I decided to read through the article. After reading through all of it, I became more firm in my belief, and decided to make a point by point post that firmly refutes all of the points in this article. (more…)

Read More

Spiritual Bucket List

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

bucket list 3
www.parentmap.com

As Christians we’re always striving to seek some semblance of a closer connection with God in our daily lives. Whether it’s through our prayers, our readings of Scripture or weekly attendances at church, it’s all a means to which we try to get closer to God. One day I found myself pondering for more ways to get closer to God, and I recalled some occurrences in Scripture that I thought would be a uniquely spiritual experience to have with God someday. Perhaps after reading you may consider trying to attempt these experiences in your lifetime in an effort to have a deeper connection with God. (more…)

Read More

Authentic Christianity

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Be Authentic sign with clouds and sky background
www.kuration.com

I’ve been writing on this blog for almost two years now. Along the way there’ve been of course a couple of long hiatuses in between my writings, but nonetheless, I’ve continued on because I see something very important in these posts. As I’ve stated previously, and bring this point up again, my purpose in having this blog is to help people believe and live their Christian beliefs more authentically according to Scripture. Or to play off of a political phrase we’re hearing a lot these days, I want to make Christianity authentic again. Sorry to all those who’ve been trying to avoid anything political lately, I couldn’t help myself. Of course Christianity has always been authentic. It’s the inauthenticity of some church teachings and practices of Christianity that’s the problem. So what would a return to authenticity mean? (more…)

Read More