Provocative Bible Verses: When Submission is a Bad Thing

A recent post on the topic of submission in the Bible has received a fair amount of response in the way of readers and comments. A couple of those readers pointed out a missing piece in what I said. Put simply the question would be, is there ever a time when a Christian should refuse …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?

In an era that promotes tolerance as the highest of virtues and the idea that truth is relative, it is considered outrageous to claim that Jesus is the one and only, exclusive way, for people to attain eternal life. I have heard it more often than I can count; "What about all the people in …

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Provocative Bible Verses: The Fellowship of Suffering

"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" Philippians 3:10 We met the first week of sixth grade. I was the new kid in the class and as it turned out we lived two streets apart. In one …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Jesus Came to Divide People

"Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" Matthew 10:34-35 There is a clear impression …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Nobody is Perfect, But They Should Be!

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Nobody is perfect is one of the few remaining truisms that has nearly universal agreement among people of every cultural milieu, philosophical system, or religious ideology. It is the standard way of accounting for our short comings both major and minor. We may want …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Mom and Dad; I Love Jesus but I Hate You!

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 What in the world are we supposed to make of these words from Jesus? It seems to be a pretty clear and simple statement …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Rejoice in the Lord Always

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice" Philippians 4:4 How in the world does the Apostle Paul expect us to always be joyful? Does he really intend that we are to be like some Christians and walk around life as if we are on some spiritual cloud nine, totally oblivious to …

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Provocative Submission: The Lure of Islam

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Hebrews 12:9 Any discussion about a life of submission in the 21st century has to take into account the growing popularity of Islam. The reason is …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Love Your Enemies

When love is seen as nothing more than a fleeting emotion that we can't control, that we fall in and out of, and that comes and goes in a completely arbitrary way, then it is impossible to obey the command of Jesus to love our enemies. So either something is seriously wrong with our understanding …

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Provocative Bible Verses: Give Thanks In All Things

"give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Does God really mean that in every circumstance that we are to be thankful? How can we possibly be thankful when things go horribly wrong? It's easy to understand that we are to give thanks for all …

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