The Lord’s Prayer…So-Called

The Lord’s Prayer—so-called—is not exclusively Jesus’ prayer; rather it is a means of prayer, a prayer outline that Jesus taught his disciples upon their request.  In fact, it seems that the only time the disciples may have asked Jesus to specifically teach them anything was when they asked Him to teach them how to pray Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer…So-Called”

Baptism(s)

When most people familiar with the Bible or Christianity hear or read the words “baptize” or “baptism,” they automatically think of being baptized in water as some sort of initiation rite into the Christian faith.  Many people might be surprised to learn that there is more than one type or mode of baptism besides waterContinue reading “Baptism(s)”

Born Again: What Does It Mean?

In the Bible, one evening Jesus spoke with a man about his need to be born again.  A few years later, Peter, one of Jesus’ first followers, wrote about being born again.  We’ll get to those in a few moments.         Yes, the term “born again” is a biblical term.  For those of you who mightContinue reading “Born Again: What Does It Mean?”

God: Relationship or Religion?

I became a follower of Jesus many years ago by inviting Him to take up permanent residence in my life in his “unbodied form” of Holy Spirit.  I knew at the time that I was establishing a vital relationship with the Living God, not “getting religion.”  It might be more properly stated  that God hadContinue reading “God: Relationship or Religion?”

Church: Who’s In Charge?

Who is in charge of Jesus’ Church?  That simple question evokes just about as many answers as there are churchgoing people in multitudes of local churches and church denominations around the world.  Is there an answer?  Is there one simple answer?  I believe there is—and I’ll be responding to that question in this teaching. DefinitionsContinue reading “Church: Who’s In Charge?”

The Kingdom of God

NOTE:  The Kingdom of God and miracles, signs, and wonders have a “divine connection.”  We can’t understand either of those subjects without understanding that connection.  Along with studying this teaching, please study our other teaching on this website entitled “Miracles, Signs, and Wonders.” Matthew 6: 33: “Seek God’s Kingdom first—aim right at it and focus onContinue reading “The Kingdom of God”

4 Views: Who Has the Final Word?

You may not want to hear it. You may not believe me. But I want to tell you an astonishing truth right up front: not all Jesus believers on this planet believe exactly the same as you do, but they’re still believers in Jesus! I know, I know . . . that’s a real shockContinue reading “4 Views: Who Has the Final Word?”

God and Religion

To introduce my subject, I begin by saying I don’t pretend to have all the answers to some of the challenges faced by Jesus’ Church on the earth in our times. In fact, I have far more questions than answers. All I know is that I see many problems with Jesus’ worldwide Church, but JesusContinue reading “God and Religion”

Solid Foundation

It’s just plain ol’ common sense: if someone begins to construct a building that will stand firm and last a long time, they should always begin with a solid foundation. If you don’t have a solid, strong foundation, whatever you construct on that foundation will fall apart and collapse.  God is engaged in the lifelong processContinue reading “Solid Foundation”

Religious Dogma

This teaching is simply some very basic information from various extra-biblical (but not non-biblical, or anti-biblical!) resources for those people who believe the biblical concept of apokatastasis (as defined a few paragraphs later).  Believe it or not, this lengthy writing really is a simple listing of only about 25 resources, BUT God has asked meContinue reading “Religious Dogma”