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Dear Roger, My pastor told me that I never have to sin again. How can that be true?Sincerely, Katie Dear Katie, The problem is a misunderstanding of what really happened at our new birth: something is alive and something is not. Christ is alive and our old sin nature is not. Let me illustrate this for you by the story of Samson in Judges 14:5-8. While the strongman was walking through a vineyard a young lion attacked him. Samson killed it as easily as he might kill a small...

by School Of Life on 28 January 2020

Dear Roger,I’ve always wondered what Jesus meant in the Gospel of Luke about taking up our cross and following him. Just what is this cross and how do we pick it up?Sincerely, Mandy Dear Mandy, Of course you are referring to Luke 9:23: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me, And Luke 14:27: Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. This cross doesn’t mean following him...

by School Of Life on 28 January 2020

Dear Roger, I’ve been having some really serious health problems and one of my Christian friends recommended that I read the book of Job. That was the worst advice I’ve ever gotten. Job was an incredibly depressing book. I stopped reading about the middle of chapter five. All it did was make me feel worse. Why is this book even in the Bible? Sincerely, Christine Dear Christine, Many are the reasons why the book of Job should be in the Bible. Among other things, it...

by School Of Life on 28 January 2020

Dear Roger, Most of the Christians I know, myself included, feel like our country is drifting further away from God’s principles at an ever-increasing, accelerating pace. I’m afraid for my country. The truth is, I am afraid for myself, too. I am beginning to see compromise and some drifting away from some of the beliefs and values that I hold dear. And it scares me.  Please give me some advice on how to arrest the drifting. Sincerely, Amanda Dear Amanda, I’d be...

by School Of Life on 28 January 2020

Why does the Bible call Jesus a Wonderful Counselor? It seems to me that I need Him to be my counselor more than anything. How can I really apply His ‘Wonderful Counseling’ to my life?Sincerely, Abby Dear Abby, We all need good counselors—mentors to help us along in life. And at Christmas time, it’s good to recall this classic Christmas passage, which reveals the four glorious names of the Newborn King:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020

Dear Roger,I’ve celebrated Christmas more than 70 times in my lifetime. Tell me something I probably haven’t heard about the Christmas story.Sincerely, Randy Dear Randy, One of the challenges facing pastors is how to be creative and do something special every year when Christmas rolls around. This problem reminds me of Solomon’s statement in Ecclesiastes: “There is nothing new under the sun. It has all happened before.” One of my favorite Christmas lessons that you...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020

Dear Roger, Is there any one thing that I’m not doing now that might transform my prayer life? Sincerely, Brooke Dear Brooke, Yes! Practice praying a spiritual prayer. A spiritual prayer is based upon biblical passages that focus on our bodies, souls, and human spirits. We are three-part creatures. ”May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus” (1 Thessalonians...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020

Dear Roger, My friends and I recently bought a couple of lottery tickets. We don’t do it often, but the potential payout was over several million so we decided to try our luck. Then when I got to thinking that our chances were one in 7 million I vowed never to buy another one. I decided buying lottery tickets is like driving by the store and tossing $20 bills out the window. But I do have a question. Does the Bible give us the probability of the reality of Jesus Christ? Sincerely,...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020

Dear Roger, I have had a friend ask me a question about ghosts. They have stated that they have seen a ghost, a man who stands by a window. The ghost walks by them but does not do anything to them. They also asked if this could this be a family member who died and has returned from Heaven? Are ghosts real? Annon Dear Annon, Surprisingly—or, perhaps not—the Bible has a lot to say about ghosts. Let’s begin with several definitions that give us a foundation from...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020

Dear Jack, Many people wonder what the 7 deadly sins are and if they are worse than other sins. The idea of the seven deadly sins isn’t new. The seven deadly sins have been around since early Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church came up with the list and declared that every possible sin was spawned from these seven. Personally, I would narrow it down and say that pride is the root of all sins. These seven are often tied to Proverbs 6:16-19 where we find a list of the six things that...

by School Of Life on 27 January 2020