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Dear Roger, My friend and I got into a discussion about whether or not God would actually hurt or punish a Christian. I said, “No. He loves us too much.” He said, “Yes. He loves us too much not to!”  What do you think? Sincerely, Alex The Value of Discipline Dear Alex, Your friend wins! I think that most everyone agrees that children who experience little or no discipline often grow up to be stubborn, unmanageable, misguided, and rebellious teenagers and adults. Therefore,...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020

Dear Roger, The man I am love with is anti-social, and a very shy person. He lives in the country with little to no communication with others, other than a small number of work companions and his parents. He has never been married. He has no children. He tells me he loves me and wants us to be together forever. He says we have a commitment under God to each other. However, he feels that going to get a “piece of paper” (marriage license) is not biblical. It is another man...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020

Dear Roger, I have a question and it should probably go to a pastor. The Bible most commonly refers to God in the masculine. Therefore, many Christians believe he is male. That does bring up one question in my mind, though (and I’m looking for some biblical examples/references). When someone loses their father, they can turn to God the Father. However, how might God the Father heal or help someone who has lost their mother and will live without her for the rest of their life? Unsure Dear...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020

Dear Roger, If life exists on other planets, did Jesus die and resurrect for them, too? Sincerely, Tom Dear Tom, What a great Easter question! Revelation 13:6 describes Jesus as the “Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” Could it be that Jesus was crucified and then resurrected on a cosmic cross before God spoke the universe into existence? “World” is the English translation for the Greek word “cosmos.” Jesus was the Lamb slain...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020

In November 2017, Iran and Iraq suffered the deadliest earthquake in modern history. The 7.3 magnitude quake caused the ground to undulate like a waterbed disturbed from its calm serenity by a child jumping on it to play. Can you imagine the terror and fear every man, woman, and child experienced in those moments? Buildings crumbled by the hundreds, bridges collapsed, roads and sidewalks split apart, and more than 8,000 victims died or were injured. Some were buried alive. They were not...

by School Of Life on 3 February 2020

Dear Roger, I grew up at Casas Church. I remember how you occasionally closed each service by asking the congregation to bow their heads and close their eyes. Then, you guided us through a meditation on a particular biblical passage or story. I use meditation as part of my quiet times. These meditations often take me into a Bible passage where I see and learn things that I have never noticed before. I often hear God speaking to me very clearly during those times. I remember...

by School Of Life on 1 February 2020

“I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30). Paul is speaking to the early church—and to us—about cults. They will and have come. They existed then and now. If we’re not extremely careful, they can draw us away from the truth. One quick note before we begin. The term “cult,” as expressed...

by School Of Life on 1 February 2020

Dear Roger,Our Bible study group was discussing how and why God could justify sending good people to hell. We all agree that someone like Adolf Hitler ought to be in hell. But we also agreed that we know many non-Christians who are better people than many Christians.It seems so unfair for God to send some bad people to heaven while some good people end up in hell. How can this be?Thank you, Kelly Dear Kelly, We have to stick really closely to the Bible to deal properly with your question. From...

by School Of Life on 1 February 2020

Dear Roger, We worship on Sunday. I’m worried we are violating God’s 4th command to keep the Sabbath Holy. I can’t find any Biblical reference why we changed. Can you help? Thanks, Gil Dear Gil, The Sabbath, was given to Israel, not to the church. The Sabbath is still Saturday, not Sunday, and has never been changed. The Sabbath runs from Friday night at sunset to Saturday night at sunset. The Sabbath is part of the Old Testament Law and as a result most Jews still...

by School Of Life on 1 February 2020

Dear Roger, What does the Bible say about the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? It seems that In Genesis 1 there is evidence that God intended for us to be vegetarians. Is there other evidence? I know as a Texan this might be a tough one for you but I would love to have your Biblical teaching perspective. Thanks, Tom Dear Roger, I have become vegetarian in the last two months. I can no longer stand the thought of eating anything which is slaughtered. I have seen the atrocities...

by School Of Life on 1 February 2020