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1 John 1:9 and Rewards

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

Am I Living in Sin or am I Married?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I am living with a member of the opposite sex. We have been involved, to some degree, physically. Does this mean before God that we are married?
Answer: No, you are not married in the eyes of God. This, however, does not mean that your actions are honoring the ...

Am I Violating 1 Corinthians 11?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I wear a hair system for male pattern baldness. Am I violating 1 Corinthians 11?
Answer: The concept of head coverings has been controversial for Christians since the first century. Paul’s brief discussion on this topic in 1 Corinthians 11 has been at the center ...

How do I Deal with a Fear of the Holy Spirit?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: How do I deal with a fear of the Holy Spirit? Whenever the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up, I feel an involuntary surge of fear. I don't know why.
Answer: The enemy does attack at various times and in various ways. This is exactly the time that we need the ...

How Do We Avoid Sin Like Christ?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How did Jesus endure the Cross and be firm with men in His ministry without sinning? How do I show love while remaining firm as I deal with difficult people (or difficult situations) without sinning?
Answer: Your question has two parts. Let’s look first at how ...

How do We Grow in Our Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How do we grow in our faith? The Bible refers to walking by faith and renewing our minds. How do these factor in? Is there more to it?
Answer: Growing in faith is an important concept, and is an essential part of the Christian life.  Before answering “how,” I’d ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question:  I am a believer in Christ. I trusted in Jesus for salvation, but what does it mean to walk by faith now that I am saved? This confuses me. I have been only saved few months.
Answer:  Great question.  The phrase “walk by faith” is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 which ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

When do We Confront Someone and When do We Turn the Other Cheek?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When do we confront someone and when do we turn the other cheek?
Answer: It can be difficult to know when to confront someone. While I believe the Bible firmly has the answers to our questions, it is also true that this teaching is scattered throughout the Word ...

Why so many Bible Translations? Why so many Denominations?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: If the Bible is the only reference point for Christians, why are there so many denominations?  And why are there so many Bible translations?
Answer: This is one of those thoughtful questions that I suspect nearly all Christians have asked at one time or another.  ...

Will People Be Able to Fly in Heaven?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When we receive our glorified bodies will we be able to fly?
Answer: I have noticed over the years that there is a lot of confusion on this subject. I tend to think that some of this stems from the influence of the culture around us. Certainly movies and books ...