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A friend of mine was recently asked by a local youth pastor, “What’d you give up for Lent?” My friend quipped, “Lent.” I can’t help but notice a growth in evangelicals who want to celebrate Lent by “giving something up.” I’ve heard of Christians giving up sugar, soda, Angry Birds, and Netflix (ok, I made up the last one—I’ve never heard of anyone giving up Netflix). For some evangelicals, apparently Lent is the new New Year’s. Those old resolutions were dropped by...

by School Of Life on 20 February 2020

Dear Roger, I worry a lot. My friends and family call me a “worry wart.” I have to agree with them. My worrying makes me miserable. Yesterday, our pastor preached about the time that the disciples almost drowned in a terrific storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus asked them, “Where’s your faith?” I work on the church staff and today some of us were discussing worry and anxiety. We all agreed that worry is a sin and that if we just had more faith and belief in Jesus...

by School Of Life on 7 February 2020

Dear Roger, Why do I spend so much money? I’m trying hard to minimize my spending, but I always seem to spend everything that I make. My credit card debts are increasing every month. I’d like to have money to give to people in need and to support special ministries, but I never have enough. I’m getting farther and farther behind. Can you help? Sincerely, Kristi Dear Kristi, Rest assured; you are not the only one who struggles with overspending. George Barna research (or other...

by School Of Life on 7 February 2020

Dear Roger, I think that if I understand how to really praise God, I will deepen my walk with Him and live a more positive, victorious life. The professor in my college Bible class made the comment that not all the words for “praise” in the Bible really mean “praise.” She mentioned that there were several different Hebrew words which are often translated as “praise” but in fact have deeper and multiple meanings. Could you please elaborate? Thank you, Jennifer Dear...

by School Of Life on 7 February 2020

Dear Roger, Romans 8:35-39 states several things that cannot separate the love of Christ. Sin is not mentioned. Can sin separate a person from the love of Christ? Can you comment on this? Thanks, Eric Dear Eric, Formidable is Paul’s list of things that could potentially separate us from the love of Christ: “trouble; hardship; persecution; famine; nakedness; danger; sword; death; life; angels; demons, the present; the future; powers; height; death; nor anything else...

by School Of Life on 7 February 2020

Dear Roger, Where did Jesus go for the three days and three nights after dying on the cross? Did He go to hell and take my sins? I shudder to think that would have happened. Being without His Father on the cross with my sins laid on Him is so painfully, I just can’t comprehend He had to spend that time in hell to save me as well. Or did He spend this time in Heaven with God to get Him ready for the 40 days on earth? I have heard it explained both ways. Sincerely,  Victor Dear...

by School Of Life on 7 February 2020

Dear Roger, You have preached almost 50 Easter sermons. What Easter principle means the most to you? Sincerely, Julie Dear Julie, Jesus saw people, not as they were, but as what they might become. This is the essence of the resurrection story. Who the Disciples Were They were a disappointing disaster. For example, the last week of Jesus’ life was not a good one for Jesus’ disciples. We should not be surprised; they didn’t do all that well during the first three and...

by School Of Life on 6 February 2020

Dear Roger, My husband and I were discussing how much you had to believe to be a real Christian? So that’s my question. Sincerely, Lanette Dear Lanette, Christianity is a faith-based religion. Good works, behaviors, and trying to live a good life have absolutely nothing to do with being a Christian. Being a Christian is a matter of faith and belief. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works,...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2020

Dear Roger, My Bible study had a long discussion on Masons. None of us knew much about Masons except for one person. He told us that they were a secret society that taught that there were others ways to heaven besides believing in Jesus. He thought that Masons accepted all gods of all religions and that Masons swore an oath to a “Supreme Being” instead of recognizing Jesus Christ as the sole Lord and Savior of mankind. Was he right? And if so, can Masons be Christians? Please...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2020

Dear Roger, I am a new Christian. I attend a weekly Bible study with men who have been Christians a long time. Someone mentioned about spiritual gifts but did not stop to explain it. I’d like to know what spiritual gifts are and how they work. I’d like to know if I have one. Please help me. Sincerely, Harry Dear Harry, I think the best way to answer your request is to use a question-answer format. 1. What is a spiritual gift? A spiritual gift is a God-given...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2020