What does Romans 11:6 mean?

What does Romans 11:6 mean? Here is what Romans 11:6 says, But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (ESV) One of the first things to do when you want to understand a verse is to look at the context. This…

Why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart to kill the children?

Why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart to kill the children? This question is based on the story of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus where it is said several times that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. However, God never actually tells Pharaoh to kill the children. If you look at Exodus 1, you will see that…

Is kissing ok before marriage?

Is kissing on the lips before marriage okay? Does the Bible say anything about that? The most simple, straightforward answer to this question is that the Bible doesn’t say anything about kissing before marriage being a sin. This concept is an idea that many people have arrived at using Scripture as support, but ultimately, the…

Advice on attraction

I have a small affection for someone. I haven’t told anyone yet because I feel like I am too young. I also feel that it is OK as long as I control it. Can you give me some advice? I am glad to help anyone walk through this sometimes difficult thing called “attraction,” but I find it…

How do you know if it’s God’s plan?

How do you know if a plan is God’s plan or your plan? I’ve written about this topic in another blogpost that I encourage you to check out: How can I know what God’s plan for my life is? Ultimately, our plans are in God’s hands and it’s about us trusting Him, not ourselves. There’s…

Is it bad to believe in magic?

Is it bad to let a Christian kid believe in Santa Claus even if you add God to Christmas? Is it bad for Christian kids to believe in magic? It depends on what you mean by “magic.” It seems that there are two questions here: Is it ok to tell a kid that Santa is…

What makes our church different from other ones?

What separates our church from other churches, like four square? Good question. The most obvious answer is location. We meet here, they meet on the other side of town. We have our friends and family here, they have theirs. If all the Christians in the Northwoods met in the same building at the same time,…

Why didn’t God warn us about today’s struggles in the Bible?

God knew about all the things we would struggle with today (drugs, alcohol, ect) so why didn’t he put advice for that stuff in the Bible? – QBB There are two parts to this question. First, the Bible does talk about alcohol a fair amount. A few verses that come to mind are as follows:…

Why is swearing wrong?

If I slam my finger in the car and yell “fizz winkling biscuits!” is that wrong? Other than taking the Lord’s name in vain, why is swearing wrong? Click here if you’d like tips on how to cut down on swearing There are two parts to this question. The main question is: “What’s the big deal with…

How to cut down on swearing

This is a followup blogpost to this post: Why is Swearing Wrong If you haven’t yet, read it as well.  If you would like practical tips on how to swear less, here are a few ideas: Figure out why you swear — Do you do it for fun? Or just when you’re frustrated? Do you…

How do I start ministering to the poor?

I feel like God is calling me to ministry with homeless and poor people how can I start helping now I’m not even 14. – QBB First of all, I commend you on asking this question in the first place. The first step to being involved in something is seeing the need and trying to…

How do I overcome a silly fear?

I have a stupid fear of wind every time it is just a little windy all I can do is think about what would I do if there was a tornado seems dumb but what can I do? – QBB We are often faced with reasons to be afraid of the world or of other…