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The Hope of Hope

The Hope of Hope 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NKJV) …lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. The sorrow of humanity is a controlling reality. Humans, by nature, seem prone to sorrow. It’s no wonder they project this trait on their Creator, if they in fact believe in one. It seems no matter what religion one follows, people find comfort in projecting…

Is It Faith, Or Is It Hope? (ATP)

Is It Faith, Or Is It Hope? (ATP) Can you go into more detail about the biblical difference between hope and faith? I thought hope was an expected outcome.   Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This verse is the go to verse, though not the only one that describes…

Do You Measure Up? (ATP)

Do You Measure Up? (ATP) How does a person measure their faith? How do we know what we have enough faith to believe in and what might be out of our reach? Great question! This is referring to Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly…

Which Drink Should I Choose? (ATP)

Which Drink Should I Choose? (ATP) This week’s question involves a topic of controversy in the body of Christ. “What does the Bible say about wine; is it ok for Christians to drink wine, as long as they avoid other alcoholic drinks?” What I’ve found in my time as a Christian, and especially as a pastor, is that most people have already…

Witnessing Tools (ATP)

Witnessing Tools (ATP) This week’s question is actually a combination of several similar questions that came from various people: How can I pray for people that are backslidden and/or people that don’t seem to want the faith or for people that might “know” the Word but have no revelation of it. What about people that seem not to even listen to the…

Upholding Christian Standards In A Non-Christian Society (ATP)

Upholding Christian Standards In A Non-Christian Society (ATP) The world normalizes things all the time. I understand the obvious stuff that I should avoid but what about other areas for example at work when I sometimes have to serve alcohol, am I causing people to sin, am I sinning by doing that? Or all the “CBD SOLD HERE” signs you see all…

When You’ve Got It You’ve Got It (ATP)

When You’ve Got It You’ve Got It (ATP) My husband seems to be much more spiritually sensitive than I am. Is this because he is the spiritual leader of our household or am I missing something? Romans 12:6 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…” Now let’s read, 1 Corinthians 12:17,…

Does This Count? (ATP)

Does This Count? (ATP) This week’s question is for us all. “When you are going through seasons that are fuller schedule-wise, how is the best way to maintain Word and prayer? Does it “count” to listen to messages online, or CD sermons from ministers as Word time?” Our time with God is not about keeping score. Our time with God is not…

Where To Begin (ATP)

Where To Begin (ATP) This week’s question is one we’ve all had, “I don’t know where to start when reading my Bible & praying. I am having a really hard time getting into prayer & the Word.” Before I answer this question I want to say a few things. Our job as pastors is to help the people who God brings to…

Effective Prayer Is Expectant Prayer (ATP)

Effective Prayer Is Expectant Prayer (ATP) When praying about something, do you just pray once about it (say one day, one time & move on and wait )or do you keep it in your daily prayers? Example: healing for instance. How are we supposed to pray? Though the Bible has more than sufficient instruction on the matter, it seems that believers often…