“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matt 18:18)
What is Jesus referring to here? Does this have to do with binding and then casting out demons? Or does it refer to something entirely different?
These were Dorothy’s questions when she called in to our radio program. Listen to this short clip as we discuss the true meaning of “binding and loosing.”
The historical context may surprise you!
Luke says “take up your cross daily” while Matthew simply says “take up your cross and follow Me.” So do we Christians still need to wake up every day and seek to spiritually die? Is God trying to get rid of us or do away with a spiritual part of us as believers?
These were Jeff’s questions. And in this short radio clip, I discuss Luke and Matthew, and I present the “big picture” in the whole of Scripture.
In the end, we find that this is yet another important case where the truth will set us free.
What was the purpose for the ultra-strict standard presented in the Sermon on the Mount? Will there be a future date at which this sermon will become the standard to try to live by in God’s Kingdom?
These were Derrick’s questions when he called in to our radio program. Listen to this short clip as I share my thoughts on the real intent behind the perfect and impossible standard of the Sermon on the Mount.
In Ephesians and Galatians, Paul says that people who engage in certain lifestyles will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But we Christians stumble in immorality. Sometimes we covet. Sometimes we get angry. So where does God draw the line? How do we rightly understand who will be welcomed in the kingdom and who will not?
This was Chris’s question when he called in to our radio program. Listen as Chris and I discuss this relevant issue, as it may affect the way you interpret a number of important Scripture passages!
Can we sin too much, even to the point that God gives up on us? Can eternal life somehow end up as temporal life? Can born-again believers see the process reversed on them and end up unborn?
Paul tells believers that we are dead to the Law and not under the Law. He even says that Christ is the end of the Law for all those who believe. So why does Paul sometimes quote from the Law in the New Testament?
1 Thessalonians 5:23 shows Paul praying that believers would be blameless. But aren’t we already made blameless by the blood of Christ?
And, if so, what can Paul possibly mean?
In this short clip, Dominic and I discuss the difference between being blameless before God and having blameless conduct before men.
Maybe you’ve experienced a communion service where the lights were dimmed, the solemn music was played, and you were told to “examine” your recent sins before you could partake.
This was Nita’s question: If we believers are completely forgiven and our sins are taken away, then aren’t we already qualified to partake of the Lord’s Supper?
What a great question! And if Nita is right, then what did “examine” mean when Paul used it in 1 Corinthians 11?
Listen in as Nita and I discuss all of the above in this short radio clip.
When it says “every knee will bow,” does that include unbelievers? If so, what does the judgment seat of God really look like? And what about judging other people before that time? Is that our role or responsibility?
These were Chris’s questions in this short radio clip. Listen as Chris and I discuss judging other people and God’s judgment of all humanity.
Roger called into our radio program to ask an important question:
Why does God seem so violent in the Old Testament, while the New Testament states that God doesn’t want any to perish but all to believe?
In short, here’s what I shared with him: Same God. Different covenants. Listen in as Roger and I discuss how all of this plays out.
So are the 10 Commandments somehow the exception here? And why are they quoted in the New Testament? These were Frank’s questions when he called in to discuss the “moral law” and its role in the life of a believer.
Brandy called in wondering about prayer:
• How do we pray?
• Should we pray certain prayers?
• Do we persuade God with a quantity of prayers?
In this short radio clip, I addressed these and other questions as Brandy and I discussed prayer.
People often ask about God’s discipline and how it fits with God’s love and grace. That was Mike’s question when he called in to our radio program.
Listen in as Mike and I discuss the loving discipline of the Lord and what it looks like in our lives.
Jose asks Andrew if some Christians’ names will be blotted out of the Book of Life.
If we are born again, then why do we still sin? And what does 1 John 3 mean when it says that we Christians cannot go on sinning because we are born of God?
Does our behavior matter? And does it change the way that God feels about us?
Do we learn through suffering? Where does suffering come from anyway? Is it from God? Does God bring us suffering to chastise us?
Do we fall out of fellowship every time we commit a sin? Are our prayers “hindered” by our sinning? How does God’s Spirit respond when we struggle?
Jesus said every sin is forgivable except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. So what is blasphemy of the Spirit, and why is it unforgivable?
What does it mean to “abide” in Christ? Is it difficult? What’s involved? In this short clip, a radio caller, Tina, and I discuss abiding in Christ and walking by the Spirit.
Take in the good news about your heart and enjoy today from a brand new perspective!
What if we were held at gunpoint and failed to display bravery when asked about our faith in Christ? Would we then go to Hell?
This was Katherine’s question when she called into our radio program. Listen as as I share my thoughts with her on bravery and faith.
A live radio caller asks whether Christians can be cut off, losing their salvation.
Listen in as this radio caller asks about “once for all” forgiveness. This is a big deal, as understanding the totality of our forgiveness goes a long way toward enabling us to enjoy our relationship with God!.
Are your future sins already forgiven? How can we best understand the forgiveness and resurrection life we possess in Christ? In this short clip, I address a live radio caller’s question about forgiveness, hell, and salvation.