Since 1611, for almost 300 years the main English translation used was called the King James Version (KJV) or Authorized Version of the Bible. Since that time there has been many very good translations that have tried to bring the Word of God into the language of today. The (KJV) is good but very challenging to read for the modern reader. Today I use the New King James Version updated in 1982 to our modern language. New Living Translation 1996 is also a very updated accurate translation. New English Translation 2006 is also highly recommended. Any of these Bibles would be excellent choices of reliable translations from the original languages of God's Word.
Romans 3:23 does say that we “all have sinned” and Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death”. But the last part of that verse is very important, “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Man has a disease called sin and only God has the remedy. Knowing that you were born with a deadly disease why would you not accept God’s remedy. If you accept God’s remedy, Jesus Christ you will be saved. If you refuse, ignore, reject God’s remedy then sad to say you will miss heaven. God is not looking to punish you, He is trying to save you from the consequences of sin.
According to the Bible God is able to raise or put down any nation at any time. I believe that God had a plan and a purpose for the founding of America. America has been and still is the envy of the world for all that this country has to offer. We have seen the blessings of God and we have experienced His mercy that brought us through a civil war and two world wars. The falling away from Godly principles and righteous living is a slap to God's face. God declared this promise once before and I believe it can be applied to America, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14. Please pray for our country to turn once again to God.
Most churches require a confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ before you can become a member. In the Scripture there are several instances where water baptism immediately follow a person's confession of faith. If a church wants to require baptism as a prerequisite to membership, they are actually just making sure that the person has accepted Christ and is willing to make an outward confession through the act of water baptism. I see this as a very important step in showing a true belief and confession of faith. Water baptism does not save a person, but it is an act of obedience and outward confession of an inward belief. The normal process would be to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and accept Him as your Savior and Lord. Followed by water baptism and then committing oneself to a local body of believers through membership in a local church.
Actually, the Bible does not say how many wise men came to see the baby Jesus. According to the Bible, contrary to most of our nativity scenes, there were no wise men from the east at the manger in Bethlehem. They didn’t show up until almost two years later. We don’t know how many shepherds there were either. But this we know, that “God so loved the word that He gave His only Son”. This we know that His name is Jesus, the only name given among men whereby we can be saved”. This is why we celebrate. Have a Merry Christmas!
I have been so hurt by Christian people that I quit attending church. I feel a need to get back into a church but I don’t want to be hurt again. What should I do?
Sadly, you are not alone. There are many Christian people who are still very immature and self-centered that have hurt those around them. They may have accepted Christ as Savior but need to learn what it means for Him to truly be the Lord over their life. The urge to get back into church I believe comes from God. He wants what the Bibles calls the "members of the body of Christ" to come together. When a member of a body is separated, both the member and the body suffer. Find a solid Bible believing church, talk with the pastor about your concerns, get back into fellowship and realize that Christians are broken people who God is making whole.
Why do people seem to get the "Christmas Spirit" during December but the rest of the year they aren't so nice?
I know many people who are just as nice during December as they are the rest of the year. But for the rest of those "Christmas Spirit" people, I would say be thankful. Be thankful that their hearts have been touched to act, to say, to do something nice that may seem out of character for them. It is this month that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas Spirit that has touched them may very well be the Holy Spirit who always leads us to do what is right. What a wonderful world this would be if we could all be lead daily by the Holy Spirit.
You are not alone in having to deal with this problem. For some it may have to do with the less sunshine and longer times of darkness. For others it may have to do with the added stress that comes with all the preparations and extra commitments that come with the holidays. But for many it may have to do with expectations. You are expecting certain needs and desires to be fulfilled by family and friends that aren't being fulfilled and then depression sets in. Many times we expect people to meet needs that in all reality only God an fulfill. We have been created to find our fulfillment first and foremost with our Creator. I encourage you to seek a personal quite time and allow the Lord to speak to you and help you through the holidays.
My friend is talking about leaving our church because they don't like the music. They want to sing more old hymns. What should I tell them?
Church music has changed a lot over the years. The style, has went from all hymns, to hymns with choir, from song leader to worship leader and praise bands. Music is just one aspect of our corporate gathering to praise and worship God. It is a very important portion but a church is also a fellowship, a family of believers. It is a place where truth is shared, lives are changed and people find purpose. If you have a good church don't leave. Get a CD of hymns and enjoy them. Thank God for your church and pray for them daily.
How can I save my marriage? We seem to always argue and fight all the time. Then things are said and done that we both regret.
God wants to help save your marriage. The bible says that God hates divorce in Malachi 2:16. God doesn’t hate the person who gets a divorce, but He hates what divorce does to the lives involved. Pray for and with each other every day. Get a devotional book for married couples and make it a part of your daily routine. When God is allowed to be the center of your life and your relationship it is amazing what can happen. Find a Christian counselor who will help you as a couple learn how to communicate when you disagree without hurting the other person. Be willing to forgive each other just as Christ has forgiven you.