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Category: I’m Glad You Asked

Micro-evolution, that is, the changing of characteristics within a species, happens regularly and is biblical. God created plants and animals each “according to its kind” to reproduce each “according to its kind” (Genesis 1). We see changing characteristics within a “kind,” but no transformation from one kind to another. Macro-Evolution speaks of a change from […] Read More

Why Can’t Our Sons Belong to the Boy Scouts?

Written by James Albrecht | May, 2016
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions It’s a legitimate question, and one that should be reviewed on a regular basis. Organizations change over time. Using outdated materials to evaluate them is both unwise and unfair. At the moment, there are polarizing differences between us and the Boy Scouts of […] Read More

What About Alcohol?

Written by Frank Gantt | April, 2016
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions Is the use of alcohol a sin? Of course we know that that cannot be the case. Christ Himself drank from “the fruit of the vine” (Matthew 26:29), and in the institution of His Supper, He attached His word of promise to the […] Read More

Can Someone who Commits Suicide be Saved?

Written by Wayne Eichstadt | March, 2016
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (THIRTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions Anytime someone asks, “Is so-and-so saved?” it is vital that our answer make clear what we mean by the word saved. When the Son of God sacrificed His perfect life on the cross, He provided complete atonement for the sins of every sinner […] Read More

“Why is Our Church So Strict about Divorce?”

Written by Frank Gantt | December, 2015
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Strictly speaking, the appropriate word for the issue of divorce is serious. We are serious about divorce because we strictly adhere to the Word of God. The seriousness of divorce is not determined by “our church,” but rather by what God has said in His Word. God is serious about His institution of marriage, and […] Read More

What’s So Bad about Gambling?

Written by Wayne Eichstadt | November, 2015
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Statistics indicate that eighty percent of American adults gamble, and three to five percent of those struggle with a gambling addiction. In 2007, Americans lost more than $92 billion gambling (www.dailyfinance.com). As with other addictions, those caught up in gambling often turn to crime in order to fund their habit. Government-sponsored gambling is often touted […] Read More

Can You Please Explain our Position on Fundraisers?

Written by James Albrecht | October, 2015
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It seems like the perfect business model. Start with products that are donated or deeply discounted. Add volunteer labor and a worthwhile cause. Plug in a community of willing buyers. Reap a handsome profit that any retailer would envy. It also seems like the perfect fit. Picture a not-for-profit church groaning under financial obligations. It […] Read More

Why Do We Baptize Infants?

Written by Frank Gantt | September, 2015
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The short answer to this question is that infants are in need of the same forgiveness that adults need, because they have inherited the sinful nature of their parents. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). Human […] Read More
The beginning of the answer to this question is found in the creation of Adam and Eve. “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’  . . . Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made […] Read More

What Will Happen to Me If I Don’t Attend Church?

Written by James Albrecht | July, 2015
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Short answer: nothing.   Where nothing happens, there is no spiritual growth. No lightning bolt will fall from the sky warning you about spiritual danger. No one will return from the dead to plead with you about using your time of grace wisely. Nothing visibly upsetting may happen at all. In time, your conscience problems […] Read More