A wake up call: Being friends with those whose beliefs differ from us is different from being one with them in theology. The more we know, the more we should be humble and friendly to those who oppose us. We hate false doctrines but we should try our best to win the hearts of those who teach heresies. Most Calvinists today are arrogant, and without concern for the lost souls. They don’t practice what they preach. You will notice that when they comment on threads started by those who are still not knowledgeable of right doctrines. You can’t expect unbelievers to believe what we say when we who claim to be believers fight each other. Augustine says in essentials unity in non essentials, liberty. But most calvinists cannot distinguish between essentials and non essentials. They love to debate even on minor issues (i.e. tithing) and destroy each other in the process. They are like children fighting over a piece of bread. They need to grow up like the Corinthian believers who are still living in the flesh.

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Is an eclipse a sign of the end times?

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Drug addiction

Revelation 9:21, “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or there thefts.” The word sorceries comes from the Greek word pharmakeia meaning: pharmacy, medication, drugs, sorcery, witchcraft, and magic. This verse implies that the great tribulation will be a time when drugs will not be controlled. Our culture today is already infested with rampant drug and alcohol abuse. The majority of people in jails are there on some charge related to drugs. Much has been said in our newspapers recently. Drug clinics keep growing in number. Drugs are a key tool of Satan to deceive and enslave people in destructive and expensive addictions. People need to start worshiping God and stop being entertained by the wickedness of the world. They need to call good, good, and evil, evil. Drugs can short circuit our safeguards, blow our moral fuses, confuse our judgment, and remove our self control. Drug and alcohol abuse opens you up to spiritual attacks. It gives Satan a stronghold in your life. How can anyone who claims to follow Jesus be used by God as a witness to others when they have no self control with drug and alcohol abuse? Jesus can take away all our addictions if we want Him to. That’s the key, if we want Him to. That’s a decision that each person must make concerning addictions. Do they want help? Do they want to be free from drugs and alcohol? This will only happen when they truly want to be free from it. When they reach that point God will be able to help them and make them into a new person.

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“What is the apostasy? The Greek word apostasia in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 means “departure, falling away, defection, revolt.” This end times’ apostasy could be the mass “falling away” of people from God as they begin to follow the lawless one who claims to be God (verse 4). Another possibility is that the “apostasy” is the “departure” of the church from the world, that is, the rapture that Paul alludes to in verse 1 and which he had previously discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. It could be that both events are implied in the word apostasia.”
Is it possible that “apostasia” could really imply both the rebellion and the rapture?

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What do we know about the real, historical Jesus? Who is Jesus?

What do we know about the real, historical Jesus? Who is Jesus? What does the Bible say about Jesus’ life? Is Jesus significant in secular history?

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The Skin We’re In: Judging our own Flesh

Society has strong words about what we should look like and what is attractive to others. God has strong words, as well. He made us to reflect Him.

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Where was Jesus born?

Where was Jesus born? What is the precise location of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem? What is Migdol Eder?

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