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Dear Roger, Why doesn’t the church in general teach about the spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing, words of knowledge, speaking in tongues, etc. I am starving for this teaching and get it on TV. Sincerely, Starving Dear Starving, I agree. It breaks my heart that the spiritual gifts don’t seem to be taught or emphasized much throughout Christendom these days. Their utilization is critical for the Church to function properly in society. In his letter to the Romans,...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2020

Dear Roger,There is so much interest and confusion “swirling around” the issues of Muslims, Islam, acculturalization, burqas, terrorists and Islamic extremism. Could you please give us a simple understanding of what Christians need to know about Islam?Sincerely Rachel One Sunday morning after worship, a young man with Arabic features approached me. He looked to be in his early 30s, nicely dressed with dark slacks and a white button-down shirt. He wanted to know the differences between...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2020

Dear Roger, Recently two of my young friends have raised questions about the creation story. One, a young lady, had been deeply hurt when another gal at her Bible study group told her that if she didn’t believe in a literal seven days creation, she might not even be a Christian! The other, a young guy science major whose father is a scientist and atheist, was beginning to question the whole “faith thing,” since he can’t reconcile literal seven days with scientific method…...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, There seems to be such competition among churches today. The pastor says the right words but it seems to me that many are engaged in trying to be the biggest and the best. I think Paul might be embarrassed by the competition going on in the churches (and pastors) of our culture today. I wonder if we have lost perspective. What do you think? Sincerely, Rick As a young pastor, I thought that the best pastors were the ones with the biggest churches. I wanted to build a big...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, I see temptations, trials, and testing in the Bible. Are they different? How does God use them in our lives? Sincerely, Mike Dear Mike, Solve the following puzzle: You are running away from home. You make three left turns and return home. Who are the two masked men standing there? (The answer is below. Give it your best shot, and then come on back here.) My point is, when taking tests, we need to pay attention. It’s easy to get distracted and miss...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, Christians said that if you believe Jesus died for your sins, is the son of God and if you believe in him, your sins are forgiven. However, Jesus said on the mount sermon that if you do not forgive men their sins, God will not forgive your sins. Based on this verse, is it a two-step system? Jim Dear Jim, Of course, you are referring to Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, I am a devout Christian and my girlfriend is Mormon. We have been dating about a year. My question is: What is the best way to go out about understanding, accepting, and growing together towards spiritual mothers and fathers? I have drawn from the your past sermon on condemnation engineering that “I’m right, she’s wrong” is not the best approach to our discussions about faith. Sincerely, Boyfriend of a Mormon Dear Boyfriend of a Mormon, We have...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger,My teenager is obsessed with reading books and watching movies about vampires. That really seems to be the rage with her teenage friends. She wants to know what God has to say about vampires. Could you help me here? I don’t have an answer for her.Thank you, BDear B, What a time to be raising teenagers! How can a parent keep up with the cultural onslaught that faces our children? I was surprised, at first, by your question. No one has ever asked me that one. However,...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, The world is pushing Christians towards sin, materialism, sexual deviance, and power. I’ve noticed that some of my Christian friends who started strong—with a passion for spiritual things—are not ending up so well. I’ve often heard, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” Can you share some thoughts on how to guarantee that we finish well for Jesus? Sincerely, Julie Dear Julie, Let me answer your question by examining three snapshots of a man...

by School Of Life on 4 February 2020

Dear Roger, Now we have the results: the President has made a bold move to protect Israel. It seems to me that a lot of older Christians have an unhealthy obsession with Israel. They view the country as sacred, and support it both politically and financially. I’ve always believed that since God created everything, no part of creation is more holy than another, and that Israel should be regarded no differently than any other country. Do you think it’s appropriate for Christians...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020