Bible Studies


What About Halloween?

As a Christian what do you think about Halloween? Is it just an innocent holiday? Is it OK for Christians to celebrate Halloween? Is there anything evil about Halloween?

I am sure Christians have different viewpoints about Halloween. The question I have for Christians is how did you come up with your perspective on Halloween? Was it based upon how you were raised? Was it based upon feelings and emotions? Or was it based upon biblical principles. Does Halloween promote a positive, uplifting environment or an environment that encourages evil? Does the secular concept of Halloween glorify God?

Unless a person is sheltered from society, it is obvious that much of Halloween is focused on violence, death, horror, gore, fear, occult.
If a person says these themes are just for fun, they certainly have bought into a lie. How can a Christian say that the promoting of evil is fun? Continue reading “What About Halloween?” »


Movie Awakenings-Addiction & Recovery

Awakenings-Addiction & Recovery

For around the twentieth time I have watched the movie Awakenings with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Needless to say I love the movie. Normally I watch it when I am getting burned out on ministry, discouraged, starting to get a hard heart, etc. (Oh no I am revealing who I am if I have watched the movie around 20 times in 20 years.) However this time I watched the movie with the men at Fairhaven House, our clean & sober homes. We used it for a time of entertainment and as a teaching tool. The movie makes you laugh, cry, think, etc. I absolutely love it.

If you have not seen the movie it is a true story about several people who at an early age had a disease and they became catatonic. They have been put into a mental hospital. The movie centers around one of the patients named Leonard (Robert De Niro) and the neurosurgeon (Robin Williams). The neurosurgeon (Dr. Sayer in the movie) decided to try a medication to see if he could ‘wake’ Leonard up.

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Bearing Fruit

The following are verses regarding bearing good fruit. It is obvious from these verses that followers of Jesus Christ should bear good fruit. There are dire consequences for those who do not bear good fruit.

Almost all of these verses are addressing behavior more than they are doctrine. That certainly does not give justification for false doctrine. There are certainly several verses regarding confronting false doctrine. But in regards to fruit bearing, the main emphasis is behavior and actions.

Yet many who are judgmental, legalistic, or critical love quoting these verses. They believe their job is to be fruit inspectors and point out the sins, errors, and faults of everyone (of course they say little about their own sin). What is interesting is there is hardly anything in all of these verses talking about any person being the fruit inspector. It is clear that God is to be the fruit inspector, not man. In the next lesson we will talk more about fruit inspecting.

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Change and Deception

The reason some people do not change is that they are deceived. They are deceived into thinking they do not need to change. The deception normally comes from believing a lie long enough that are deceived into believing it is true. Or by having open doors in their life (willful sin) that opens them up to deception by Satan. Either way, the deception comes because the person is not willing to walk in truth.

A person who is walking in deception rarely changes. Why? Because they are deceived into thinking they do not need to change. So, even though they encounter all kinds of trials, tribulations, consequences because of their deception, they continue doing the same things. Unless the deception is dealt with, there will be no change in their life. Continue reading “Change and Deception” »


Change-Introduction

Do any of our readers need some changes in their life? Of course. If we are honest, everyone of us have need to make some changes in our life. So, the question is not if we need to change. The question is are we willing to change? Are we willing to go through the process of change? Are we willing to pay the ‘price’ to change? Is changing for the better more important to us than staying the same way?

Here is a reality. Most people do not change much. As yourself, how different are you from 10 years ago? Do you have the same flaws as you had 10 years ago? Yes, there may have been many changes in your life, but are some of the same flaws there? Yes, maybe you became a Christian 10 years ago and there have been some drastic changes in your life, but some of the flaws of the past are still there.

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Walking in Victory-Why Not?

According to the recent poll on our blog, 11% of those taking the poll state they are not walking in victory. Because this is a Christian blog site, I would assume that most if not all of these people are Christians. So, let’s explore what may be going on in their life.

First, maybe their concept of victory is distorted. What do I mean by that comment? Maybe they think that victory means never sinning or making mistakes. Or that if they encounter obstacles, trials, or tribulations they must not be living a victorious life. If this is the case then none of us are living a victorious life. Most likely that is not their definition of a Christian walking in victory. Probably what the scenario is for these individuals is that they feel overwhelmed by the ‘sin that so easily entangles them’.

Hebrews 12:1 (NASB95)
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

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Friendship or Relationship

There is someone I have been working with as a mentor for many years. They have some great qualities but they also have one major issue-getting too close to the opposite sex. I thought about this as I have been doing a study on grace. Their argument over and over again when I try to help them to not fall into sin is that I am too legalistic, too demanding, expecting too much, etc. Besides ‘there is grace’.

Because of their past history the agreement has been they will not get into any relationship for some time until they get the victory over the sin they fall into. Our latest go around is over a new relationship they are in. They have been trying to tell me that it is just a friendship, not a relationship.  I should be more gracious. In God’s eyes their ‘friendship’ is ok. Besides, ‘God brought this person into their life’.

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Overcomers

As a follower of Jesus Christ we can live life as an overcomer because of what Jesus has done.

John 16:33
33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

How do we live as overcomers? By walking in faith-trusting in the finished work of Christ.

1 John 5:4
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

God has given us the ability to live a life of victory, but the devil wants to overtake us, there are warnings in Scripture.

Romans 12:21
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
If there is a warning to not be overcome by evil, this would mean there is the potential for believers to become overcome with evil. We need to be on guard-sober and alert to the attacks of the enemy of our soul.

2 Peter 2:20
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
So, it is dangerous for followers of Christ, to fall back into the sin that so easily entangles them.

As a believer are you struggling to keep the victory? Ask God to give you the strength to be an overcomer-He will do it. His strength comes in the form of His grace. His grace is more than unmerited favor-it is the power to do His will. In our next article we will talk about grace.


Anchor of My Soul and The Solid Rock

The Anchor for our Souls
Hebrews 6:16-20 (NLT)
16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding.
17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.
18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

The anchor for our souls is hope. It is the hope of spending eternity with God-salvation. Because of what Jesus has done, we can have this hope.

When a boat is tossed around in the sea it can throw out an anchor to keep it at one place. But as good as an anchor can be for stability, there are times that the anchor can’t find anything to grab hold of in a big storm. The boat needs to get close to shore so it can be roped up to a dock. We need more than the hope of salvation. We need to get connected with Jesus when we encounter the storms of life.

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What is Living a Victorious Life?

What does it mean to you to live a victorious life? Does it mean that you never sin? Does it mean you never are sick? Does it mean you never experience hardships?  Does it mean you never are discouraged? Does that mean you will never lack financially? Or does it mean that you are living as an overcomer?

Never Sin-If your definition of living a victorious life is to never sin, then there is a real problem since everyone sins-even followers of Jesus Christ. But there is a difference between ongoing willful sin and stumbling at times. There is a difference between sinning and sincere repentance and sinning with no remorse. All of us are going to fall short, however someone living a victorious life will repent quickly and are always checking their heart and motives. They will overcome the sin that tries to easily entangle them.

Never Sick-If your definition of living a victorious life means never being sick, then that would mean that you believe having sickness is a sin, or that a person is falling short if they are sick. Some measure good health as representing holiness. That is a false hold. Should we strive to live a life of good health-absolutely! But can we not live a victorious life even in the midst of sickness-absolutely! Can we be effective for the kingdom even if we are sick-absolutely! However, if we are living a life of bitterness, anger, fear, worry, doubt, that opens the door to sickness and disease, that is not living a victorious life-that is living a life of defeat. But when I am sick and I don’t let the sickness control me, I live as a victorious overcomer.
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