Have Times Changed?

by Austin Hausner “For the Son of man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). When we talk with people about Christianity or anything Bible-related we find there are many objections to Christianity. Some of these objections are fairly common. We want to be able to provide a counter-argument to one of the…

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The Problem with Happy-Face Christianity

by Matthew Bassford “Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart” (Proverbs 25:20). The other day, a friend of mine unburdened himself on Facebook about his struggles with depression. He talked about his confusion and fear and self-hatred.…

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How do I rid myself of anger, frustration, and resentment toward God?

Question: How do I rid myself of anger, frustration, and resentment toward God? Life isn’t, and probably shouldn’t be, heaven on earth, but I feel at times as though things are withheld (Luke 18:1). Did I not pray hard enough or long enough for something? Does God keep “score?” Perhaps I have not been faithful…

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Is life only enjoyable for the righteous when they reach heaven?

Question: Hi Jeff, I read in the Scriptures of all the good things, promises, happiness, peace, comfort and more that the righteous are told they will enjoy, but when you consider their life, it is mostly filled with misery. So I ask, is it only in heaven that they will enjoy these things? Thanks. Answer:…

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Why do people seem happy living in sin?

Question: Dear brother, I write this to you ashamed, but I have to admit how I feel. I have been a Christian for many years now; however, I have struggled with sin in my life constantly. I feel as though it all stems from a rebellious attitude inside of me. It seems like the only…

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The Joy of Obedience

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/JoyOfObedience.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         I Peter 1:3-9             A.        Despite the persecutions Christians faced in the first century, there was joy.             B.        A great joy, an inexpressible joy knowing that their souls were saved. II.        Some are puzzled by this             A.        How can people be happy while being concerned with keeping a bunch of commandments?             B.        If you have to…

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Who Wants to Be Happy?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WhoWantsToBeHappy.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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God Wants Me to Be Happy

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GodWantsMeToBeHappy.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 128   I.         The same plot repeats through the stories of people’s lives             A.        A woman finds a man who pays more attention to her than her husband, so she divorces her husband to marry this other man because “God wants me to be happy.”             B.        Andy Diestelkamp tells this story:…

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God Wants Me to Be Happy

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/GodWantsMeToBeHappy.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 128   I.         The same plot repeats through the stories of people’s lives             A.        A woman finds a man who pays more attention to her than her husband, so she divorces her husband to marry this other man because “God wants me to be happy.”             B.        Andy Diestelkamp tells this story:…

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The Lord Bless You

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LordBlessYou.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Numbers 6:22-27   I.         It takes up only 32 words in English, only 15 words in the original Hebrew; yet, the blessing God instructed the priests to use is packed with rich meaning in a few words. II.        The Lord bless you and keep you             A.        A desire that God grants you…

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