How to Pray to God

Prayer

Prayer is a simple and common practice. Children are taught to pray when they are young. Prayers are regularly offered in worship services conducted by local congregations. But sometimes when a practice is simple and common, it is easy to not give much thought to it. Perhaps we are just “going through the motions” and are failing to focus on this important discipline.

In this brief article, we are going to consider how we, as Christians, are to pray to God. This may not be anything new, but it is helpful for us to be reminded of these things from time to time.Continue Reading

How to Determine If One Is a Christian

Paul Before Agrippa

When Paul was on trial before King Agrippa, he used the opportunity to preach the gospel (Acts 26:19-23). One of the apostle’s goals was to persuade the king to become a Christian. Agrippa recognized this because he stated, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

We are trying to do the same thing today that Paul was doing on that occasion – trying to persuade people to become a Christian. However, if we are going to persuade them to become a Christian, we need to know what a Christian is. Also, they need to understand what a Christian is before they can be persuaded to become one.

So how can we determine if one is a Christian? How can one determine if he/she is a Christian or not? We can consult the Scriptures to find an answer.Continue Reading

“In the Lord I Take Refuge”

Mountain with Bird

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart” (Psalm 11:1-2).

Throughout his life, David faced numerous challenges, hardships, and trials. All of us will face difficulties in life, though the severity and duration will vary. Job succinctly described this reality: “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1).

However, in the passage above, David confidently declared that he was able to “take refuge” in the Lord. God was able to provide him with the security and hope that he desperately needed. The same is true for us – we must “take refuge” in the Lord. David wrote elsewhere, “O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).

Why was David confident that he could take refuge in the Lord? Why are we able to have the same confidence? The psalmist provided four reasons:Continue Reading

Plain Bible Teaching Podcast (Season 12)

Plain Bible Teaching Podcast

We recently wrapped up Season 12 of the Plain Bible Teaching Podcast. The theme of this season was Peter’s instruction to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:5-11). You can listen to the audio from all of the episodes on this page. You can also click on the link for each episode to see the show notes and download the audio files if you’d like.
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The Entrance into the Eternal Kingdom (Season 12, Episode 12)

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The Entrance into the Eternal Kingdom (Season 12, Episode 12)

In this season, we’ve been discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

The Lord has made it so that we can be saved eternally, opening up the “entrance into the eternal kingdom.” But as Peter explained, in order to have this way “abundantly supplied” to us, we must continue to add to our faith the qualities we have been discussing over the past several episodes.

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Be All the More Diligent (Season 12, Episode 11)

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Be All the More Diligent (Season 12, Episode 11)

In this season, we’re discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

In this episode, we look at what Peter said about the importance of diligence in adding to our faith. We also discuss what the apostles said about what we can do so that we never stumble.

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If We Lack These Qualities (Season 12, Episode 10)

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If We Lack These Qualities (Season 12, Episode 10)

In this season, we’re discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

After listing the various characteristics we are to add to our faith, Peter emphasized the importance of continuing to grow in these qualities. He then explained what it says about us if we lack these qualities. This is an important warning for us to consider.

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