My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3

I have been inside a courtroom for official court proceedings six times in my life.  The first time was my fault.  I was 17, very guilty, and scared to death.  I’m not going into the whole story today. If you want to learn more, I’ve written about it here. The summary is that I wasContinue reading “My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3”

How to talk about God (and how not to)

A friend of mine was at Park City, the big mall here in Lancaster, at a department store jewelry counter.  Just down the counter stood a couple girls looking at crosses.  One of them wanted to get a cross necklace.  My friend overheard one girl say to the other, “Oh look, this one has aContinue reading “How to talk about God (and how not to)”

Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)

Is God fair?  Will he send people to hell who never had a chance to know about salvation in Jesus?  Yesterday we looked at some options for how Christians try to answer this difficult question. Today we seek for any other biblical passages that might give us some help.  Thankfully there are some. Last weekContinue reading “Surprising ways people come to know God (and never hear about Jesus!)”

How to hear God speak through the Bible

  Many people say they do not hear God.  Many others say they do hear God speak.  I believe them.  God speaks through dreams, visions, audible voices, etc.  I’m sometimes jealous of that because I do not believe I have ever heard God speak to me in an audible voice, or in a whisper inContinue reading “How to hear God speak through the Bible”

Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?

Have you ever tried building a complicated Lego set without using the instruction guide? Just using the guide can be complex enough.  All it takes is to put one brick one spot off, and within a few steps you realize that your model doesn’t look like the one in the picture.  So you turn theContinue reading “Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?”

Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?

Faith Church. That’s the name of our church. Back in 1968, when they got this church started, why would people choose to name a new church, Faith Church? I wonder what they were thinking. What is faith?  Most often we think faith is belief. And for good reason. Faith does mean belief.  It means that inContinue reading “Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?”