The Chains of the Past

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-11   I.         In Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Story,” Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his partner who is wear chains of cash boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses. When asked what the chains meant, “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost.…

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Doubts

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Jeremiah 17:5-8   I.         I had the opportunity to study with a member of the International Church of Christ.             A.        Many of their core beliefs are similar to our own, but they diverge from the plain teachings of the Scriptures in a number of significant ways.             B.        While researching their beliefs and people’s…

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I suffer from mental illness. Was my baptism legitimate?

Question: Much love to the Brethren at La Vista and to you brother. You heard from me a few years ago. My situation is much better than before, but I still have struggles and questions. I suffer from Autism, SchizoAffective, and BiPolar Type 2. Recently, I was rebaptized as I felt like it was needed…

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I’m having doubts about my baptism

Question: Hello, I hope you are well. I have a question about baptism. When I was 13, I was baptized into Christ. However, I later realized I had only done it out of pressure. I was baptized into Christ when I was 19. Not long after, I began to have doubts as to if I…

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Because I doubted, do I need to be baptized again?

Question: I’ve been having quite a lot of problems with doubt and worry lately.  The other night I was in quite a doubt-filled, depressed mood, and I think I slipped into a period of not believing in Christ.  Whether it was a minute, an hour, or five hours, I do not know for I soon…

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How do I deal with my insecurities?

Question: How would I go about understanding my insecurities and work on eliminating them or coming to terms with them? I realize that my insecurities negatively affect every relationship that I am currently in and ones that I have lost because of my issues. I don’t want to continue to carry them around with me…

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Why did John doubt?

Question: In Matthew 3:13-17, John the Baptist meets Jesus and is resistant to baptizing him because he “seemed” to know that he was the Messiah and he thought that Jesus should baptize him instead.  Did John see the clouds open up and hear God’s voice?  Later, in Matthew 11:2-6, when he was in prison he…

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What is God’s Will for Me? Part 4: Dealing with Uncertainty

Text: Proverbs 3:1-18 I.         While God has given us guidelines wherein to make decisions, He does not make decisions for us             A.        We are required to choose whether to follow God’s guidance or not             B.        We are expected to make choices even between two paths of morally correct decisions             C.        I can compare my decisions against the Word of…

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