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Jun

What is the “unpardonable sin”?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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Jesus has just healed a demon-possessed man. The amazed crowds began to speculate that he might be the Messiah. His enemies retort that he drives out demons because he is in league with the devil himself. Our Lord responds with the most severe warning in the gospels: “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:29). What did he mean? What is this “unpardonable” sin?

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Jun

What are angels?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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There are 306 biblical verses containing specific references to an angel or angels. A singular angel is mentioned 210 times; angels are found together 96 times. An angel is first mentioned in Scripture when God sends angelic help to Hagar (Genesis 16:7). Angels are last mentioned in Revelation 22:16 when Jesus says, “I have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.”

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Jun

Who is Satan?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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C. S. Lewis once suggested that we make two mistakes regarding the devil. One is to give him more authority than he deserves—then he can do what he wants. The other is to deny that he exists—then he can do what he wants (The Screwtape Letters). People today typically think of Satan as a symbol of evil, wearing red tights and a tail, the stuff of Saturday cartoons. He’s just as happy to be ignored as to be feared.

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Jun

What are demons?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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An African proverb says, “When elephants fight, the grass always loses.” In the realm of spiritual warfare, Christians are the “grass”: “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

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Jun

How do I defeat temptation and sin?

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King David had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. She became pregnant. To cover his sin, eventually he had Uriah killed and took his widow as his own wife. But God knew what he had done. And David’s story would never be the same.

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