Is God the Author of Confusion?

Jehovah’s Witnesses at the door.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)

While returning home from a Dunkin’ Donuts shop, I met a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who was going door to door evangelizing in my neighborhood. He had companions with him but they decided to leave him alone with me which surprised me. Being alone and separating
from your teammates while evangelizing door-to-door is probably not a good idea for any Christian of any denomination (Luke 10:1; Mark 6:7 ).

Anyway, we discussed several Biblical issues. We
went back and forth going over one theological topic
after another. I took notes of some of his conclusions
which I may comment in future blogs.

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In Everything Give Thanks

Music HighwayAnother end of a year is quickly approaching. In the country I live, the United States, there is an annual holiday tradition called Thanksgiving that Christians love and fully take advantage.

On Thanksgiving Day, we Christians of this country meditate on the blessings the Giver of Life has given us and how He has always provided for us. We also reflect how He has taught and guided us along the path He has placed us.

Yes, there have been trials and even tragedies
these past few months.We Christians, as well as
other citizens have lost precious, loved ones.

Many of us are grieving as a result of evil in our
midst.

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Bible Trivia Quiz ( No. 8)

bible-trivia-questionsEvery Monday through Friday, a little after 7:00 AM (EST), the radio announcers, Gerry Williams and often with Teresa Daily both of station WIHS 104.9 FM, provide their listening audience the Bible Trivia Question for the day. They would present a question pertaining to the Bible and after a subsequent short programming is over, they would give the answer.

If you have been a Christian for several years, the answers to most of the questions would be obvious. Other questions would be a challenge. Quite often, trying to answer the question leads you to another train of thought. That done, you now have spent a little more precious time on the things of God.

I know many of you have to get ready for school or work during that portion of the WIHS program (EST), so I have compiled a list of 25 questions and answers from past broadcasts and made it a quiz for you to try. Even what you may consider as trivial knowledge comes in handy when you are bridging and studying the major themes and doctrines contained in the Bible.

So take the quiz and do not peek at the answers located at the bottom of the list until you have attempted to answer them. Okay?

Score yourselves – maximum 100 points:
4 points for every correct answer
2 points for every partially correct answer
1 point for being close
0 points for blanks
Bible verse reference not required but add 1 point for referencing the correct Bible book.

BumperSticker

WIHS radio bumper sticker

Grades:
A = 90 – 100 points
B = 80 – 89 points
C = 70 – 79 points
D = 60 – 69 points
F = Below 60 points (retake quiz as soon as possible!)

Keep taking the quiz until you have achieved a perfect score of 100.
Remember: What Biblically seems trivial to us is important to God for you to think and meditate to use later on.

Notes: 1)  All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV), unless noted otherwise.
++++ 2) Previous Bible quizzes can be found by clicking “Bible Quiz” in the Categories column of this website.

God bless.

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Back Home Again

Music HighwayI have been trying to understand what most of mainstream Christianity has to say about where a person goes after he dies – BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS TO THIS EARTH.

Most Christians believe they will go and be with the Lord, in spirit form, in heaven, immediately after they die. I am not disputing this nor seeking an argument against this belief.

But, let me get this straight, during the event
called the rapture, Christians will be taken up
to heaven leaving many other people behind
to suffer the ravages of the tribulation with all
of its trumpet blasts. Right?

THEN, after time of turmoil on earth has passed,
Christ will be seen by everyone returning to earth
along with His saints. Right?

AND, as they and Christ are all traveling back down toward earth, each Christian, in spirit form, will by-pass Christ and enter his new, immortal body and be resurrected, just as Jesus had been resurrected in bodily form many years earlier. Right?

THEN, each resurrected Christian who originally came down with Christ from heaven will rise up to meet Him in the air and go back to heaven. Right?

Wait a minute! Is not this a reunion? Believers who had died earlier (since the church began)  had already made an acquaintance with Christ in heaven. Right? Their home in heaven will be so very pleasantly familiar to them when they return. Right? When most of them go back to heaven after receiving their new, immortal bodies, it will be just as they left it.

Is that what is supposed to happen?

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A Place Called Heaven (book) . . . .{part 2}

As I mentioned in A Place Called Heaven . . . {part 1}, one doctrine or area I am still struggling with right now which is a carryover from my previous religious convictions is on the subject of heaven.

I stated that I believe there is a heaven and that Jesus is there seated at the right hand of Father. And that I believe there are host of angels that worship and serve God make heaven their headquarters, if not their home. But the question I still have is this: Is heaven the place a Christian will immediately go if he were to die today – BEFORE THE RETURN OF CHRIST?

Well, I have been reading Dr. Robert Jefress’ book you see to your right to receive his viewpoints on this topic. Chapter four, Do Christians Immediately Go To Heaven When They Die? was a critical one for me to read.

I wrote my thoughts and comments on the margins of
the book of this chapter as I read it and some of
what wrote I will now relay to you in this post.

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I’ll Fly Away

Music HighwayI don’t know about you, but the more I learn about the Bible and the things of God, the more I don’t know about the things of God.

Just when I thought I knew much about Christianity and about the things to come, the more I realize I have to study even more to learn about them. This amazes me!

This is especially true with me regarding what Christians believe about the resurrection of the saints. Why is there so much confusion
among Christians in this area?

What do I mean by “confusion about the
resurrection of the saints”? Well, some Christuans
use the  term resurrection while others call it
the rapture.

What are these terms all about?

What does the Bible say about all this?

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10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 35)

lighthouseFor those of you who have studied the Bible for several years, no matter how often you read a particular verse, oftentimes a new understanding of it will suddenly light up at you as if it were new!

Last year, there were verses that for years I have been familiar that all of a sudden took on a whole new dimension when I began writing about them.

If you are a new Christian or a person who
does not know yet what the Bible is all about,
I pray that the verses below will cause you to
start thinking differently about yourself and the
world you live in.

On the other hand, chances are you are now beginning to study the Bible. If so, I believe it will be a Supreme Being, the Great God, who will be communicating to you mostly through your thoughts.

Below are ten more Bible verses added from “10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 34)” that have changed my life and other people’s lives as well. These verses have been doing this throughout the centuries. I am sure you long-time students of the Bible can think of other verses that are also life-changing.

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Bible Trivia Quiz (No. 7) Surprise Pop Quiz!

bible-trivia-questionsEvery Monday through Friday a little after 7:00 AM (EST), the radio announcers Gerry Williams and often with Teresa Daily both of station WIHS 104.9 FM, provide their listening audience the Bible Trivia Question for the day. They would present a question pertaining to the Bible and after a subsequent short programming is over, they would give the answer.

If you have been a Christian for several years,
the answers to most of the questions would be
obvious. Other questions would be a challenge.
Quite often, trying to answer the question leads
you to another train of thought. That done, you
now have spent a little more precious time on
the things of God.

I know many of you have to get ready for school or work during that portion of the WIHS program (EST), so I have compiled a list of 25 questions and answers from past broadcasts and made it a quiz for you to try. Even what you may consider as trivial knowledge comes in handy when you are bridging and studying the major themes and doctrines contained in the Bible.

So take the quiz and do not peek at the answers located at the bottom of the list until you have attempted to answer them. Okay?

Score yourselves – maximum 100 points:
4 points for every correct answer
2 points for every partially correct answer
1 point for being close
0 points for blanks
Bible verse reference not required but add 1 point for referencing the correct Bible book.

BumperSticker

WIHS radio bumper sticker

Grades:
A = 90 – 100 points
B = 80 – 89 points
C = 70 – 79 points
D = 60 – 69 points
F = Below 60 points (retake quiz as soon as possible!)

Keep taking the quiz until you have achieved a perfect score of 100.
Remember: What Biblically seems trivial to us is important to God for you to think and meditate to use later on.

Notes: 1)  All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV), unless noted otherwise.
++++ 2) Previous Bible quizzes can be found by clicking “Bible Quiz” in the Categories column of this website.

God bless.

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

This day’s blog is my 666th posting of this website. The fact that this post falls near a day called Halloween is sheer coincidence. I am not being superstitious here, nor do I intend to be.

For those of you who do not understand, there is very popular fixation to this number because, according to Rev. 13:11-18, number  666 refers to  “the beast”.

With me, because it is in the Bible and
because God, not Satan, has let it be
known to us about it, I, again, will tremble
not nor have any apprehension concerning
Satan, the prince of darkness grim.

Instead, I look to God and what He has done
with my life and for the lives of His people,
His saints, throughout the ages.

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Our Daily Bread – November 2017

Here is this month’s November 2017, promotional commentary of the monthly devotional called Our Daily Bread. This publication has been around for over 60 years. It was first published in April 1956.

It includes articles related to the Bible and Christian living, a daily Bible reading, an article about the Bible reading and an insight about the passage. It also gives you scriptures so you can read the entire Bible in one year. In other words, it is a treasure to help you in your daily growth with Jesus Christ, your Savior.

Below is a list of the titles of the daily articles from this month’s (November) booklet. Underneath each are my personal brief thoughts about the article.

 

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