Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction

Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life of a Christian. IContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction”

A Series on Sin (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction For most of my teenage and adult life, the term “sin” made me think about pulpit pounding preachers and snooty church ladies wearing fancy clothes. Other than this vague connotation that I carried around in the back of my mind somewhere, I did not think about sin that much. I was not alwaysContinue reading “A Series on Sin (Complete Series)”

A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners

How should a Christian behave towards someone who is found in sin? Jesus says that we should treat others the way we want to be treated (Matthew 7). That sounds straight-forward enough, but things can become complicated by circumstance. I know what approach works for me. I appreciate a direct approach. I do not likeContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners”

A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?

There are different beliefs about a Christian’s capacity for sin. From what I have seen, there is a spectrum that ranges from helplessness to holiness. What I mean is on one end we find those who feel as if they are hopelessly sinful apart from the grace of God through the blood of Jesus. TheyContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?”

A Series on Sin Part 4: The Gospel

There is only one person who has walked this earth without sin: Jesus, the Son of God. We’ve probably heard this scripture before, but if not, then now is a good time to hear it: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in himContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 4: The Gospel”

A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin

When we go against the will of God—when we sin—we are doing things that destroy ourselves and others. For a person to understand the effects of sin, we must come to terms with the reality of our sinful natures. It seems that our culture is full of declarations of positive self-image. We tell ourselves thatContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin”

A Series on Sin Part 2: What is Sin?

What is sin? I think most of us have some idea of what sin means. We know that sin is something considered to be wicked or against the will of God. I was taught that the word sin means to “miss the mark.” If we miss this mark, then we are behaving in a mannerContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 2: What is Sin?”

Christian Faith (Complete Series)

Christian Faith Part 1: Introduction At some point in our lives as a Christian, we’ve come to know the story of Jesus and we believe in this story. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. We believe that through JesusContinue reading “Christian Faith (Complete Series)”

Christian Faith Part 5: Trust Overcomes Dead Faith

There are many scriptures that warn us about the fate of those who take the Christian faith lightly. So much so, that it is difficult to know where to start when discussing this topic. These days, it is not so hard to search for these scriptures. An online search of, “warnings in scripture against unfruitfulContinue reading “Christian Faith Part 5: Trust Overcomes Dead Faith”