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Is July 4th a religious holiday?

Is July 4th a religious holiday?

The July 4th celebration of our independence from England in 1776 is not officially a religious holiday. However, beyond the sparklers, firecrackers and spectacular fireworks, there are strong biblical messages that need to be heard by all Americans. On that day, the...

How can I see God as relational?

How can I see God as relational?

Imagine the Creator of the Universe, the God of thunder, lightning, and anger, the God who speaks through pillars of fire being the same God who says, "I love you.” I created you in your mother's womb. I want all people to believe in me. Come to me all who are tired,...

How do I keep from using my past as an excuse for not moving forward?

How do I keep from using my past as an excuse for not moving forward?

All of us, as inhabitants in our broken and sinful world, experience suffering. Sickness, poverty, and abuse can leave deep wounds that make us afraid to push ahead because we fear failure and our lack of hope. We have believed the lie that our past circumstances...

Does Christianity support reincarnation?

Does Christianity support reincarnation?

Reincarnation is the belief that the soul of a man or woman who has died will later be born again into another physical body. The idea of reincarnation was practiced during the time of the Greek and Roman empires. Plato (c. 428–348 b.c.e.) alludes to reincarnation in...

How can I help someone who is considering suicide?

How can I help someone who is considering suicide?

Suicide is often something that we would rather not talk about because of the sense of hopelessness and the unknown attached to it. It is now the number 1 killer of teens. “Teen suicide increased 32% in the past four years from 8.4 to 11.1 deaths per 100,000...

Why should I read the Bible daily?

Why should I read the Bible daily?

God made us in His image to have an eternal relationship with Him. The names that He gives Himself to be used by those who believe and follow Him are numerous. Words like: Lord, Friend, Shepherd, Teacher, and Father all reflect a God who wants to be with us and wants...

Do remorse and repent mean the same thing?

Do remorse and repent mean the same thing?

I grew up in our family where there were certain words children could not say. The first one was "shut up," and the other one was "snot." If you were caught saying these words, you had to sit on the mourner's chair. My mother had painted a face of a blond, blue-eyed...

Why did God create the Universe?

Why did God create the Universe?

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son...

Did Jesus stop being God when He came to earth?

Did Jesus stop being God when He came to earth?

In the first sentence in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, God identifies Himself as the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew name for God is Elohim, a masculine noun that is plural in the definition.  Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning,...

What does a healthy church look like?

What does a healthy church look like?

A healthy church is a group of people connected through their love of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Members are students of His Word, whose mission is to represent, teach, and disciple others as to who Christ is and how to love and serve others well. The...

Why does it matter that Jesus rose bodily from the grave?

Why does it matter that Jesus rose bodily from the grave?

The idea of a man being pronounced dead and coming to life after being buried in a tomb for three days is humanly impossible. It is the main reason why so many people today do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus. What they do not understand is that Jesus is no...

What did Jesus reveal about His heart when He faced the cross?

What did Jesus reveal about His heart when He faced the cross?

The death and resurrection of Jesus was not the idea of the Pharisees or the Romans. God had orchestrated the death of His Son Jesus before the beginning of time. He announced His plan of a Redeemer after Adam and Eve sinned against Him. Genesis 3:15 "And I will put...

What does God do with those who claim to be Christians and aren’t?

What does God do with those who claim to be Christians and aren’t?

A Christian is a person who has, by faith, received and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior who died on the cross to pay the penalty of their sin. The Holy Spirit lives in all who believe. Now, "if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not...

What is the false gospel?

What is the false gospel?

The people of Galatia were much like our Christian culture today. They were influenced far more by the culture than by the words and teachings of Jesus. They had heard the truth and gave a superficial nod to Christ, but when left alone to live out their faith, they...

“What does the Bible say about homosexuality?”

“What does the Bible say about homosexuality?”

"What does the Bible say about homosexuality?" I just read, yet again, that homosexuality is not found in the Bible and therefore is not a sin and people should be fine with it. Many others argue that they were born that way making it ok. As Christians we all sin....

Why did you leave us?

Why did you leave us?

I had finished teaching the Anchorsaway class on the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. As usual, students had questions as they tried to ingest the magnitude of the miracle. One student blurted out, "Why didn't Jesus take the believers Him when He went up...

What is a proper response to Christian fallen leaders?

What is a proper response to Christian fallen leaders?

How tragic it is when a gifted Christian leader falls into moral failure. They are made public spectacles, with many who carry the shame of their sin to their grave. The path of the devastation of their sin reaches not only to family, friends, and church members, but...

Could the vaccine be the mark of the Beast?

Could the vaccine be the mark of the Beast?

Just a few months ago, we were praying for a vaccine that would put an end to this horrific virus. Now we have a few of them that hopefully will keep millions of people from suffering and dying. Not everyone is celebrating. Many are skeptical that the vaccine will...

What do the occult and Christianity have in common?

What do the occult and Christianity have in common?

Righteousness is the standard that God holds for every person He has created. It is what God cares about because He is holy, and when we accept the sacrifice of His Son for our sins, God forgives us for the penalty of sin and gives us a position of righteousness...

Will 2021 bring hope of a better world?

Will 2021 bring hope of a better world?

How many times have we said that we couldn't wait for 2020 to be behind us? And now it is behind us, and what has changed? Snow, ice, and horrible storms have already hit this country. News continues to depress us, and COVID-19 is still killing people and raising...

What does it mean that the Word became flesh?

What does it mean that the Word became flesh?

“Logos” in Greek means “Word” that refers explicitly to Jesus. God made it clear to all that Logos is God’s message and the greatest gift He could ever give to humankind. “In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He...

Why Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth?

Why Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth?

Thanksgiving is barely over and now the celebration of Christmas has begun. If we can, for a moment, look beyond the tinsel and flashing lights of the season, and see God’s hand and heart in the real story behind the birth of His Son. For some of us, we question the...

How can I celebrate Thanksgiving when I can’t be with family?

How can I celebrate Thanksgiving when I can’t be with family?

Having a thankful heart to others and God has nothing to do with circumstances. Giving thanks verbally and inwardly to God is what God commands us to do.  "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever" (1 Chronicles 16:34). "give thanks in...

What is a revival?

What is a revival?

Listen to Nancy's answer recorded live on Moody Radio's own Mornings with Kelli and Steve. With COVID, the mess with the election, coupled with cities burning, have many asking, "where is God?" Is He is still on His throne and in control of the universe, including the...

If God loves people, why are we supposed to die to self?

If God loves people, why are we supposed to die to self?

One of the most well-known verses in the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that who-so-ever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” He did not die to make people better or happy, but he died, so those who believe...

What is progressive Christianity?

What is progressive Christianity?

About the time you think you have heard it all, something else crashes in that is so evil that you can barely believe it. I am not talking about the outrageous things currently happening in America; I am talking about the new wave of unbelief in the Church that throws...

How can I keep from misunderstanding others?

How can I keep from misunderstanding others?

Being misunderstood can happen when others have false information, misperceptions, half truths, personal biases or prejudices toward a person or a situation. We all have been misunderstood…some of us more than others. Say something that comes out wrong…misunderstood.A...

How do Christians turn seekers off?

How do Christians turn seekers off?

Click to listen to Nancy's answer recorded live on Moody Radio, on Mornings with Kelli and Steve. A student shared that he wants to believe in Jesus, but "of the Christians I know, they are not very loving." How should we, as Christians, respond? It is a sad but true...

What are the keys to fun and fruitful family devotions?

What are the keys to fun and fruitful family devotions?

Doing family devotions may seem a bit daunting, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. The most valuable lessons you will ever teach your children will be meeting with the family and studying together how to love God and love others well. When done in a fun and...

What does it mean to do parent well?

What does it mean to do parent well?

My answer to this question is probably not what you might think. We had 4 children in 6 years, so needless to say things were always in motion. As a new Christian, I was given the impression that it was my responsibility to ensure that my children believe in Jesus and...

What happens when church isn’t the way it’s supposed to be?

What happens when church isn’t the way it’s supposed to be?

Victoria, my four-year-old granddaughter, was so excited to finally get to go to school, she could barely control herself. The evening before her big day, she laid her clothes out on the floor next to her bed, along with her new Elsa backpack, that was packed with new...

Why does accountability to one another matter?

Why does accountability to one another matter?

If there is a missing ingredient in most Christian lives, I would guess that it would be desiring accountability from one to another. A life characterized by vulnerability, teach-ability, honesty, and availability, is one that embraces accountability. This person is...

I am a Christian but still feel guilty. What can I do?

I am a Christian but still feel guilty. What can I do?

Feeling guilty is feeling bad for something you have done or the condition in which you are living. That kind of guilt is not necessarily a bad thing. We can be thankful for some guilty feelings because they drive us to seek God's forgiveness through His Son. When a...

I am stuck. My faith is weak. What can I do?

I am stuck. My faith is weak. What can I do?

Years ago, I decided to face my fear of flying head-on. I was tired of white-knuckling the armrests of my seat, like that, could save me, and sweating profusely from take-off to landing. Getting to my destination and leaving it ruined the whole trip. I had to do...

What does it mean for a society to be post-Christian?

What does it mean for a society to be post-Christian?

Click the player below to listen to Nancy answer recorded live on Moody radio. A post-Christian society recognizes Christian ideas and generally follows watered-down Christian values, but rejects its’ ethics and a Christian worldview. The Christian language and...

How can I have fellowship with God?

How can I have fellowship with God?

Click the player below to listen to Nancy's answer recorded live on Moody Radio. People often identify as a Christian because they might go to church. For them, more than that is a bit over-the-top. They might say they are friends with Jesus from a worldly...

What are the keys to forgiving others?

What are the keys to forgiving others?

Forgiving others is a discipline that most of us have not conquered and probably never will. There is no doubt that Scripture is very clear that we, as Christians, must forgive others as Christ has forgiven us. God would not command something if we could' t obey it....

What does repentance look like?

What does repentance look like?

We all need God’s saving grace through the death and resurrection of His Son. Our natural condition is one of sin, which makes us guilty in the eyes of God. We know that the penalty for sin is death. That is what we all deserve, eternal separation from God. Because of...

Why does being created in God’s image matter?

Why does being created in God’s image matter?

If you were not created in God's image, you would be the result of random chance. You would have no inherent value, no relationship with God, no sense of morality, love, peace, and hope. When you died, you would turn into dirt.   The good news is that you...

How can I have hope in the midst of fear of what lies ahead?

How can I have hope in the midst of fear of what lies ahead?

When fear crashes in on us, hope, and assurance of God being in control seems impossible. Most of us use the word "hope" as an emotional response that conveys doubt. Hoping that we get what we want for our birthday is not how the Bible defines "hope." It is the...

How can I trust God’s faithfulness in times of trouble?

How can I trust God’s faithfulness in times of trouble?

Click the player below to listen to Nancy's answer recorded live on Moody radio. For many, these days of uncertainty are scary.  The threat of catching a deadly disease is a reality every moment of every day. The stock market is down. People are challenged to...

How can I trust God’s faithfulness in times of trouble?

How can I trust God’s faithfulness in times of trouble?

For many, these days of uncertainty are scary. The threat of catching a deadly disease is a reality every moment of every day. The stock market is down. People are challenged to stay away from each other. The grocery stores are picked clean and toilet paper has become...

Unanswered…Smoke, Mirrors and God

Unanswered…Smoke, Mirrors and God

Anchorsaway is a ministry dedicated to the transformation of hearts and minds through the teaching of the Christian worldview. Anchorsaway Ministry equips, through the Anchorsaway & Unanswered curricula, the truth of the Scriptures, how to live out the truth in...

How can I get peace when I am so afraid?

How can I get peace when I am so afraid?

There are at least two kinds of fear mentioned in the Bible. The first kind of fear is the fear of the Lord, which is healthy and can lead to wisdom and understanding (Psalm 111:10) Also, with the fear of the Lord is life and true rest (Proverbs 14:27; 19:23). ...