Renewed

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Renewed.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-11   I.         At times we stop and sigh. Wouldn’t it be nice to return to the days of childhood, when we didn’t have a care in the world? When we were ignorant of all the problems in the world and unacquainted with sin? – Matthew 18:3             A.        In our…

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How do I know that a slip was not due to a lack of repentance?

Question: Since repentance doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t commit the same mistakes after becoming a Christian, how does one know when their slip-ups are due to weakness and struggling with old sins or habits? If they really are trying to overcome those sins and then repeat mistakes, how do they really know they haven’t…

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Love and Repentance

by Terry Wane Benton It is common these days to hear people use scriptures that say that God “loves” everyone and commands us to love everyone. But they use this to mean that God “accepts” everyone regardless of their sin and attitude toward sin. They often call this “unconditional love.” Often we are told that…

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Seeking the Things Above

Seeking the Things Above (Part 1)Seeking the Things Above (Part 2) by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-4   I.         So often we focus on winning souls for Christ that we lose sight that conversion is not the goal but the first step in a life long process of change – Colossians 2:6-7             A.        To stay with…

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When Ahab Humbled Himself

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton It might seem odd, but I love it when a student in a Bible class asks a deep question — you know, a question that shows the student was thinking far beyond the immediate lesson. This morning, a student was working on a lesson about greed and he planned to use…

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Is the Christian Obligated to Forgive the Sinner Who Will Not Repent?

by Curtis A. Cates The above question has often been asked of this scribe. Every accountable being at times sins against others; some sin publicly, even against the church. Clearly, those who repent and ask for forgiveness are to be fully forgiven. But, not everyone repents and asks for forgiveness. Does God require us to…

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Repentance

by J. W. McGarvey (1828-1911) There are certain considerations in regard to repentance, which is exceedingly important for us to keep in mind. Among all the conditions of pardon and eternal life, it is the most difficult to bring about. When you look through the record of the Savior’s earthly ministry, you find that he…

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Even after being baptized, my sister refused to leave her lesbian relationship

Question: Good afternoon, I need help.  My sister in Christ was baptized.  She has started a relationship with another woman. I’ve taken her over to Leviticus chapter 18 and studied with her about this.  But she refuses to end the relationship. She’s married to this woman and needs a place to stay.  I’ve prayed about…

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Do we forgive even though the elders refuse to change?

Question: “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4). After reading this passage, it causes me…

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How can anyone be saved if he keeps on sinning?

Question: I read messages on your website about a man saying he wanted to be saved but kept falling into sin. How can anybody be saved if a person keeps on sinning? Answer: They can’t while they remain in sin, but no one needs to continue to sin. “My little children, I am writing these…

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Not Ashamed to Sin, but Ashamed to Repent

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Not-Ashamed-to-Sin-But-Ashamed-to-Repent.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Daniel 9:4-19   I.         In Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe left home to be a sailor against the wishes of his parents. He soon came to regret his decision, but he would not return home because he did not want to admit that he made a mistake. He…

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Should baptism be denied if the person has not fixed all known sin?

Question: Hi, I am a member of the Lord’s church having had my sins washed away, and I also actively evangelize. I read the topic below and have been studying this and have a few scenarios. If a person is in an unscriptural marriage, must the person divorce before becoming a Christian? My questions, based…

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Can there be repentance without confession?

Question: I have a question about repentance.  I have always wondered if there was such a thing as a lack of repentance? For example, when someone lies to another and later on they repent and change their mind about lying, but they don’t want to bring up the details of the lie with that person…

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What if I didn’t repent before baptism?

Question: Hi. I was on your page and I have a question. I was baptized again 2.5 years ago because I was baptized for the wrong reasons the first time. ( pleasing others, etc). Before my second baptism, I didn’t repent of my sins. I remember thinking, well I’m going to continue in sin afterward,…

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Will I make God angry by my sins before marriage?

Question: There was a lady I was dating before I was born again. Both of our parents knew we were dating and they really supported it. Along the way, I was saved. Soon I took her to the church where I was attending and she was born again too. After we both were born again…

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An Overview of the Old Testament Prophets

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OverviewOfOldTestamentsProphets.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Hosea 14   I.         The Old Testament is divided into three major sections: the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets – Luke 24:44             A.        The Law refers to the first five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy             B.        The Prophets or teachings were divided by the Jews into two sets:                         1.         The…

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How can a true Christian fornicate after repentance?

Question: Hi, I’m a female in her twenties who considers herself a Christian. I’ve had an interest in God since I was a little girl. No one went to church in my family but me. I bring hope to my family. They look up to me because of God. I know it’s not my work,…

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Why Do They Not Repent?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Why-Do-They-Not-Repent.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Jeremiah 8:4-22   I.         Israel was in deep trouble because of her sins. Despite repeated warnings, she did not change.             A.        Punishment would come so severely that people would prefer to die – Jeremiah 8:3             B.        But what God asks is: Why don’t the fallen get back up? – Jeremiah 8:4                         1.         After…

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A Covenant Like David’s

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/A-Covenant-Like-David.mp3 by Andy Cantrell Finding Our Purpose from the Past

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It had to have been a miracle to cause the Corinthians to change

Question: I’m finding a hard time believing that the people of Corinth actually repented, as you call it. I believe so many of them most have been probably struggling with sin because if you read I Corinthians 6:11, it says they were washed, sanctified and justified all in the name of Jesus, and that applies…

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God’s Compassion

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Gods-Compassion.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 58   I.         God has the absolute right to judge             A.        Some get angry that He would dare to judge             B.        But it is the righteous God who gets angry – Psalms 7:10-11             C.        How can mankind who have shown repeated incidences of injustice sit in judgment on God? – Job 34:16-17…

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Can a man who lived for many years with a woman be baptized?

Question: This happened over 20 years ago. A husband and his wife, who were idol worshipers and uneducated day laborers, who lived in a slum with their little children. Suddenly the husband left his wife and married another girl. Seeing the state of the woman, a young man who was not married and who also…

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Can a person be baptized who is living with someone but not having sex?

Question: Can a person be denied baptism if he is living with his fiancée but isn’t committing fornication because they saw the error of their ways Answer: Paul declared “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance” (Acts 26:20). If a person realizes that fornication is sinful, then why is…

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What about a person who doesn’t repent until after his baptism?

Question: Dear brother, Thank God for your good work. Please, if an unrepented person who concealed his sin then gets baptized and he later comes to his senses, what must he do? Or when the church finds out, what must the church do? What I understand, based on the steps to salvation, Acts 2:47 and…

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Can you get baptized if you are pregnant but planning to get married?

Question: Hello servant of God, I have a question which my friend has been asking to help and give her some advice: Can a woman get baptize when she’s in early pregnancy and not married yet, but they’re planning to get married? Answer: The physical consequence of sin isn’t what should be of concern. The question…

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I don’t seem to be improving. What can I do?

Question: Hello, I’ve been a Christian for about twenty years now and am a member of the church of Christ. I would appreciate if you could answer some questions and help me with some issues I am having. I’ve been examining myself lately, and I realize that I am a lukewarm Christian, at best. A…

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Can someone be forgiven if he purposely sins?

Question: My friend lost his virginity because he wanted to. The person he did it with had already done it a couple of times. He felt really bad because he is a Christian. Can God forgive him if he confesses to a priest? Answer: Confession to a priest is a Catholic practice. It is not…

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I regret that I haven’t stopped committing fornication

Question: Please, I need your guidance and prayers. I am a male of 24 years. I have been baptized but still commit fornication. I have had sex with numerous women of which there is not even one I don’t regret instantly after having sex with. I pray for forgiveness, I but still go back to…

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I Have to Die to Get Better

by Doy Moyer Have you ever felt that way? You feel so sick that you about wish you’d go ahead and die so that you’d feel better? We even say that as a bit of a joke (or maybe not). Of course, at the time that we feel so bad, we do wish for pretty…

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How to Become a Christian

by W. Frank Walton “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (II Corinthians 5:17). The Bible says salvation from sin is only in Christ (Acts 4:12). The most important commitment you’ll ever make is deciding to become a true Christian. What “steps”…

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Notes on Examples of Conversion

Where Hear Believe Repent Confess Be Baptized Result At Pentecost Acts 2:14-41 Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38, 41 Forgiveness of sins Acts 2:38 Added Acts 2:41 Acts 3:12-26; 4:2,4 Acts 4:4 Increase in number Acts 5:14 Added to number Acts 5:42 Increasing in number Samaria Acts 8:4-8, 12 Acts 8:12-13 Acts 8:12-13 Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8:30-35…

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Notes on Things that Accompany Salvation

Hear Believe Repent Confess Be Baptized Obey Commanded Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6 Commanded Acts 2:38; 17:30; 26:20 Commanded Acts 10:48 Commanded Philippians 2:12 To come to God John 6:45 To please God Hebrews 11:6 To gain times of refreshing Acts 3:19 Brings joy in heaven Luke 15:7 To be confessed before God Matthew 10:32-33 To…

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Is there a point when it is too late to leave sin and be forgiven?

Question: I grew up in a church of Christ. I was baptized in middle school. I have struggled with sexual immorality beginning from a young age for a long time, along with other sins including taking plan B. I think as a teenager I did not take sin as seriously as I should. I have…

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I’m too impure and unworthy to come to God

Question: I’m truly scared about this, but I thought I would give it a go. I’m 15 years old and I’ve done stuff most adults haven’t dreamed of doing, such as smoking weed, giving hand jobs, and receiving masturbation. The problem is anytime I try to change and move forward something pulls me back. It’s…

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