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FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 2)

At times, faith is difficult because it requires the unseen to be greater than the seen, and since faith can be difficult, the opportunity for doubt arises. This begs the question: is it a sin to doubt? In an effort to answer this question, let us explore what the Bible has to say about doubt, and we begin by acknowledging that the presence of doubt is not uncommon during the faith development process. Since faith must be tested (James 1:2-4;…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 1)

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen, but subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9:17-24 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered, “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…
Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS

Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrically opposed to one another.   Some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together while the other contends that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier…

SELFITIS: PROGNOSIS

In last week’s article, we diagnosed the spiritual disease of selfitis. Selfitis refers to the inflammation of the self to the exclusion or reduction of God. Selfitis can be diagnosed by observing the speech patterns of an individual. If an individual utilizes personal pronouns in excess during conversation, then he or she has likely contracted selfitis (e.g. Genesis 11:4; Judges 16:20; 1 Samuel 13;11-12; Daniel 4:30). The prognosis for this disease is not favorable. Since selfitis involves the elevation of…

SELFITIS: DIAGNOSIS

There is a prominent spiritual disease that has adversely affected numerous followers of God over the years. It is called “selfitis” (pronounced sel-fi-tis), and it refers to the inflammation of the self. “Selfitis” occurs when one glorifies himself or herself to the exclusion or reduction of God. It is typically contracted when an individual… allows his or her personal interests to supersede God’s will, as was the case with Balaam who in Numbers 22:21-35 apparently intended to curse Israel in…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 9.5

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 9.5 Greetings from Perth as we close out another successful campaign with PCOC!  We have planted many seeds while here and know Scott and the PCOC Body will cultivate and water for future harvesting. We had a great Sunday worshipping and in fellowship with our PCOC brothers and sisters.  The day consisted of Bible class at 10am where I brought a lesson from 2 Peter 1 on confirming your election and calling.  The lesson from…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 8

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 8 Day 8 was a full day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital city.  We started at 9am to allow us time to recoup a bit from our spectacular Friday in the Highlands and Inverness area.  We arrived in Edinburgh around 10:30 and all went in their different ways as groups to enjoy the city and Royal Mile shops, cafes, tartan hunting, climb mountains, looking for the queen who was in town at Holyrood, run from the Edinburgh…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 7

BYG Scotland Mission trip Day 7 Greetings to you somewhere in the Highlands as we drive back from Inverness to Perth.  We had a great postcard Scotland day with cooler temps, plenty of sun and blue skies.  We started the day at 8am ready to spend a full day together taking in what northern Scotland has to offer from castles, Lochs, Bens (mountains), Glens (valleys) and quaint cities.   The morning consisted of Visit to Queens View on Loch Tummel…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 6

BYG Scotland Mission trip Day 6 Thursday was another good day for us in Perth with blue skies but with a cool breeze most of the day, so was a little more bearable while inside the buildings.  We all got to sleep until 9:30am as our morning activity was meeting the youth club kids and their mums for a BBQ at a city park.  The team met at Quarrymill Park for the BBQ around 10:30am and Scott brought 12 youth…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 5

BYG Scotland Mission Trip – Day 5 Happy 4th of July from Scotland (a day later)!  The day was great and God provided record temps again to help us from USA feel right at home…in low 80s, full sun and no wind.  It’s quite interesting we are celebrating our independence 🇺🇸 from Great Britain 🇬🇧 while here and many older folk consider it treason day.  And I have been asked a few times from some older gentlemen here how the…

BYG Scotland Mission Trip Day 4

BYG Scotland Mission Trip – Day 4 Tuesday was another sunny, blue skies and unseasonably warm day for us in Perth.  We started the day off meeting Susan from the Rangers of Perth Council Community Greenspace department to clear a path on St Magdalene Hill.  The team worked hard to cut back blackberry, raspberry and brownberry bushes plus other weeds to widen a section of a path used by many in the area.  Unlike last year where a team dodged…
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Four Truths About The Day Of Judgment

Jesus spent a lot of time talking about a final judgment. Through His parables, Jesus indicated the next life will be inaugurated by a universal judgment. In the parables of the Wheat and Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30), the Good Fish and Bad Fish (Matthew 13:47-50), the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46), Jesus presented a judgment scene in which a separation between two groups occurred, resulting in one being saved and the other…