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Is Birthday Celebration a Sin?

Birthday observance as a doctrine is not discussed in the Bible. In short, birthdays are not condemned in Scripture as being sinful. However, some claim there is indirect evidence that birthdays should not be observed by Christians. Let’s examine these claims.

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What Do You Mean. . ."Jesus Is God"?

Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Godhead, sent by the Father as Jesus Christ to be God revealed in the flesh for our salvation. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully human, two natures in one Person.

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Is the Cross a Pagan Symbol?

You wondered if the word "cross" or any items representing a cross should be used by Christians. Some people believe that since a cross symbol was used in some pagan religions, Jesus could not possibly have been crucified on a cross. They believe Jesus was crucified on a simple upright stake.

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Satan: God’s Defeated Adversary

SatanThere are two unfortunate trends in the Western world today regarding Satan the devil, who is mentioned in the New Testament as an unrelenting adversary and enemy of God and humanity. Most people are unaware or discount the devil’s role in creating chaos, suffering and evil. For many people, the idea of a real devil is just a remnant of ancient superstition or, at best, a metaphor representing evil in the world.

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The Controversy About Using "Sacred Names" for God

Now and then, people will encounter a "sacred names" group that insists that it is essential to call God and Jesus only by their Hebrew names. Must God only be addressed by a specific Hebrew name? Should we avoid the name "Jesus" for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior?

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The Holy Spirit Is the Personal Presence of God Himself

Christians believe in one God whose being is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We do not worship an undifferentiated, monad God, and we do not worship three Gods or three Beings. Rather, we worship the one God who is eternally triune within himself in three eternal and co-equal Persons.1 Each of the three Persons is distinct from the other two Persons of the Godhead, and each is God, but there are not three Gods, but only one Being called God whom Christians worship.

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Paul Kroll
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Does God Have a Body?

God creating man from dustSome groups, such as the Mormons and some in what is called the "word of faith" movement, teach that God is a being who is  composed of a physical, corporeal body – a body made of flesh and bone. This idea is not supported by the Bible. Groups that teach this rely on their interpretation of such passages as Genesis 1:26, in which God says "let us make man in our image."

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Walking in His Steps
 footprints in sand

For almost 2,000 years, people have responded to Jesus’ challenge to follow him. His call continues to confront us today.

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Why Be Christian?

It’s a good time to ask what advantage there is in being a Christian.

The Christian world is suffering a spiritual crisis in one of its most religious nations—the United States. It’s ironic, because the United States of America is a nation where four out of five people describe themselves as Christian. This same crisis confronts Christians in all nations and cultures. In some European nations, significant numbers of people are not even sure if God exists.

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Paul Kroll
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Baptism: Commemorating Commitment

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We gathered around a swimming pool anticipating the ceremony about to begin. One person stepped into the shallow end of the pool. She walked through the water toward the minister who was about to baptize her.

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Paul Kroll
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