Spiritual Growth

Downloadable discipleship lessons with questions and answers on various topics

Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering?

Q. Why does God allow evil in the world? Why does God allow people to hurt each other? A. Because He is love. We love the idea that God is love – we hate the idea that God is love.  Here’s why. If I locked up my kids in a padded room – you would think...
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Should a Christian be involved in politics?

In ancient Athens, citizens of the state would gather in large amphitheaters to decide community matters through oral debate and a decibel voting system. This early method of democracy was very simple. Individuals on either side of a position would present their case and the rationale for their view.  Voting would take place via mob yelling.  The...
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Identifying Religious People

Have you ever heard a well meaning Christian friend or leader identify another Christian as “religious” or having a “religious spirit”? I’m sure no one reading these posts has ever done that? Smile. If you have or do – please stop. When you miss categorize someone this way you are doing more harm than good....
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Five Perceptions We Have of God

Have you ever wanted to see God face to face?  I know that many people don’t believe God exists because they haven’t seen or touched Him.  We know of course that just because you can’t see something – doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  We can’t see or feel gravity, love, or many other things.  We...
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What is “the sabbath”

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and...
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Ungodly Beliefs

As believers, our mind is moving to a place of being able to think as God thinks, of seeing and understanding the truth, and of being able to walk in the wisdom and understanding of God. Our mind (physical brain) receives and processes information from the outside world and our past experience – then helps...
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Looking For A Source

We all have questions about life – both the purpose and how we ought to live to day. Where can we find the answers to our questions? Do we look to ourselves? Do we look to another person past or present? Is there more than one place to find an answer?  If there is something...
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How do I handle prophetic messages?

If you attend a charismatic or Pentecostal church, you may at some time receive a personal “prophetic word” from either a spiritual leader or someone who attends.  The average person doesn’t always know what to do when that happens.  In this teaching, we will help to answer the following questions: What is prophecy? How to...
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How to Hear the Voice of God

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Joh 10:27 God is more anxious to talk to us than we are interested in listening to Him.  He is always talking.  We simply need to tune in and become aware of His voice.  There is a process that we can take...
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How to Study the Bible

2 Timothy 3:14-4:4; Hebrews 4:12 Thoughts As we have learned, God speaks to us as we spend time reading the Bible.  As we invest time studying the Bible, we can grow deeper in our understanding and love for God.  Proper hermeneutics (how to interpret the Bible) can be summarized in three steps: seeing, understanding, and...
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