Ask Pastor John: Does God Know the Exact Day I Will Die?

Today, we look at an intimate question, a dark mystery we all face in this life: the moment of our passing. A podcast listener named Jim writes in to ask simply: “Does God determine when we die? And was this determination made from even before we were born?” Yes and yes. He does. God does determine when everybody dies and he did decide that in eternity. So, those are my answers.The first thing to say is that God governs with infinite wisdom and power everything that takes place. Ephesians 1: … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Sin Means to Miss the Mark?

The word “sin”, as it appears in the Bible, comes from the Greek word Hamartia or the Hebrew word Hata, which both mean “to miss the mark” or “flawed”.   The word was used in archery and spear throwing.  When a person missed the center of the target, they erred, or “hamartia-ed”. So, as this applies to sin, we should ask, “What is the mark that we are missing?” And the answer is: The holy righteous perfection of God. When it comes to missing that mark, we’re not just veering off a little and ba … [Read more...]

WWUTT: He Became Sin Who Knew No Sin?

Dr. John MacArthur recently taught: “The greatest Gospel verse in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21, For our sake, He made Him to be sin who knew no sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Let me unpack those 15 Greek words…He – God – made Jesus sin. What do you mean He made Jesus sin?Only in one sense – God treated Jesus as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe though, in fact, He committed none of them. Hanging on the cro … [Read more...]

WWUTT: While We Were Messed Up?

A youth leader stood before a group of teens and quoted Romans 5:8, “but God shows His love for you in that while you were messed up Christ died for you!” Now you’re going to read in the bible “That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Why change the wording. The youth pastor would say, “Well Sin is such an archaic word. Who knows what it means anyway? Let’s just put it in words the students can understand. Or the word is too offensive and I don’t want to offend anyone. So messed up … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 83: Life Purpose Coaching 19 – Actively Letting Go

[display_podcast] From Certified Life Coach Dixie Diamanti, Author of Climbing Out of the Box and Fifty Ways to Meet Your Lover: Actively letting go is a little more pro-active than when you are forced to let go.It’s a practice. It’s being awake.It can bring great relief. Except for the agony of it! It is not the same as “passively letting go.” Like when you have no choice.....whereby life rips stuff out of your grip, or you paint yourself into a corner, or life gets suddenly int … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 82: Life Purpose Coaching part 18 – Engaging in Spiritual Warfare

[display_podcast] From Certified Life Coach Dixie Diamanti, Author of Climbing Out of the Box and Fifty Ways to Meet Your Lover: Sometimes, God allows us to see into the spirit realm.  It is called Discerning of Spirits.   (1John 4)   When we were in the process of losing our house the day the house went on the auction block, I saw cars going up and down our street circling my house about an hour before it was to be auctioned.   I was very troubled in my spirit and overcome with dread.  In my s … [Read more...]