Back in August 2016, I submitted a 'quick survey' on Facebook with the following three questions:What question would an unbeliever ask relative to life and the Bible?What question does a new believer usually ask?What life struggles does a believer usually encounter?
One response to 'What question does a new believer usually ask?' was:
"Why does it seem like I suffer while unbelievers seem to have it easy?"
That is a great question as many new (and older) believers wonder the same.
This question is not one that can be answered with a quick short response. It requires an open ended response. It is going to set focus on Jesus, away from self, and paint a picture of our duty as believers in Him.
First thing that popped to mind when I read this question was a passage from the Bible which tells us...
"...He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." -Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)
All people, saved and unsaved, go…
The Word of God pulls no punches and I am so thankful for that! We need to know both the good and the bad. Check out the following verse... 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (ESV) 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. Paul was speaking of the "false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ" (2 Cor. 11:13), being used of satan, that were amongst those in Corinth. These fake apostles were delivering fake news and thus deceiving vulnerable baby Christians and others (see vv1-4). Current time. We also need to be aware that there are many, many fakes out there who are trying to deceive as many as possible into the kingdom of hell. What's even more terrible is that Christians are being deceived by these fakes. So how do we avoid this? We can avoid this by 1) Praying daily and throughout…
It has been a couple of years since we've been planning and praying about going out into the streets of San Bernardino and putting up a prayer table.
A couple of months ago or so we finally decided on a date, time and location, and it finally came to fruition this morning at 6am.
We set up on the corner of 5th and "E" streets in San Bernardino.
Justin was the first to arrive to location at about 5:55am and immediately encountered a fellow named Jackson who was walking up 5th street.
Mario was next to arrive and when I arrived about 6:10, both Mario and Justin were in deep conversation with Jackson who said he was a believer in Jesus.
A few minutes later, Cesar arrived and so we all ended up praying for Jackson and thanked him for encouraging us. Jackson had no physical Bible with him, but he has the Word of God hidden in his heart 1. That was very encouraging to us. We should all have the scripture hidden in our hearts so that if we don't have a Bible on hand, we can…