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Our Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Jesus said that those who made the decision to follow him would experience suffering for having made that decision. The early church soon found out the truth of those words and Peter’s first epistle addresses that development head on. When he wrote it the pressure and suffering had already begun and he said it would get even worse. Of course, …

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The Greatest Event In History

This month we celebrate the single event of human history which changed the course of the world… the death and resurrection Jesus of Nazareth. Beginning in Genesis chapter 3, God himself prophesied of Jesus and what he would accomplish for humanity. Yahweh God spoke directly to the serpent saying: Genesis 3:14,15 REV“Because you have done this, you are cursed above all …

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Will Christians really live in heaven forever?

So, you’re a Christian. Cool. Did you know that puts you “in sales”? Well, actually you’re trying to give away the product, but it is still a matter of persuading people to make a decision. Smart consumers today want to be informed about the product so they can make a sound decision. What is it you are trying to get …

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Where Are the dead?

[An excerpt from Chapter Four of our book: Is There Death After Life?] A Grave Question Orthodox Christian teaching is that at death the soul departs to one of two literal places, “heaven” or “hell.” But this doctrine does not account for those believers who died prior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe Charles F. Baker’s work titled …

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What State of Being Are the Dead?

The “Sleep” Metaphor 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (KJV) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. As we have seen, the dead are truly dead and in “gravedom.” When their bodies have rotted, they have ceased to exist. But because they “exist” in …

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What Does the Bible Say About Hell?

FAQ: I live in the USA, and it seems that our language is riddled with references to “hell.” I constantly hear that extremely versatile word used in conversations of all kinds. People say: “What the hell?” or “The hell with it,” or “Hell, yes / no,” etc. On occasion, some people, though not travel agents, have encouraged me to “go …

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The Joy of Hope

“He’s dead.” “She’s dead.” How many millions of human hearts have been torn asunder by those words, spoken by a doctor, a state trooper, or a relative in regard to one’s wife, husband, baby, child, mother, father, brother, sister, or best friend? The thudding finality of the word dead is hard to describe. So is the absolute contrast between life …

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The Dead Are Dead

When a person dies, he is dead, that is, totally without life. A Christian has body, soul, and holy spirit; so, we will look at what happens to each of these components if he dies. The body cannot live without the animating life force of the soul, so when the soul is gone, the body is dead. We have all …

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Do Christians Go To Heaven If They Die?

[Taken in part from Chapter Seven of our book: Is There Death After Life?] A vital principle of Bible interpretation that must be upheld in handling any subject in God’s Word is that any verses that are harder to understand must be analyzed in light of clear verses on the same subject. “Clear” verses are not just those that agree …

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Cremation of a Dead Body: Right Or Wrong?

There is no Bible verse that specifically addresses the issue of cremation in terms of whether it is right or wrong for Christians. In fact, God does not give any commandments about what a society is supposed to do with dead bodies. In the biblical culture there were many different ways of dealing with the dead, and God does not …