Tag: Question of the Day

Question of the Day: Are You Supposed To Pray For People After They Are Deceased?

Question of the Day: Are You Supposed To Pray For People After They Are Deceased?

RiverAngel42, Thoughts
Once a person leaves this earth are we to continue to pray for them? If so, then for what? Do we pray that they reach heaven, that they were able to ask for forgiveness? Or do we pray for their forgiveness? I don't know the answer so if you have one please leave it for me. In addition if you know where I can find scripture to support your position of either we should or we shouldn't please leave that as well. For some reason it seems like my old catholic school religion classes might have said something about purgatory and levels of death and praying for the souls of those who have gone on. However if it did, that was a many moons ago and it is really fuzzy. If so, would you mind refreshing my memory? In addition is that scriptural or just something the Catholic church adopted (if it...

Question of the Day: Should Children Be Allowed In Church

Thoughts
Currently I am in the process of finding a church home. I have been to a couple churches in my area and this Sunday I decided to try a church my eldest daughter wanted to check out. It is a newer church and the Pastor seems to be young, full of energy as well as technologically savvy. Before deciding to go I took a look at the churches website to find out where they were located and if what I saw lined up with what I was looking for. I read a few of the Pastor's post on his blog, check. I looked at the content and quality of the website, check. I noticed on the site that they have various ministries including nurseries and children's church complete with beepers, check. SO I figure let's check it out. Perhaps this would be a good ministry for the entire family, something a little less ...

Question Of The Day: Really, "Quick To Hear?" James 1:19

RiverAngel42, Thoughts
I was having a discussion with some of my friends on Facebook and it led me to this scripture, James 1:19 and it reads "This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;" So I copied it in my comment and and continued on with my conversation. Now to me this is a loaded scripture depending on your personality type. I'm not easily angered...so slow to anger, check. I've learned and am still learning to be slow to speak, most times now its the facial expressions that get me, however they communicate a message as well. So not quite a check and when I feel provoked I can have a sharp tongue. HOWEVER this "quick to hear"...hmmm. In most versions it reads "swift to listen" so sometimes when you have some of the more uncommonly used terms i...
Question Of The Day: Don't You Wish You Had A Pray Button? Romans 8:26

Question Of The Day: Don't You Wish You Had A Pray Button? Romans 8:26

Bible Study, Prayer, Scripture, Thoughts
Times are hard and many of us are stressed well beyond our normal limits. During times like this don't you wish you had a "Pray Button"? A button that not only sends up a prayer, but a specific prayer that uttered the words that your mouth can not, the feelings that your mind can't even begin to process. Well in essence we all do, it's called the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 states: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. So many of us think that the Holy Spirit is something that comes to us during a time of worship. That it is something that has one way travel in that it descends upon us only. However keep in mind as you go through your day to day headach...

Question Of The Day – Love, With Spite or In Spite of Fault?

Thoughts
WWJD? Was a popular term a few years back. There were T-shirts and bracelets and all kinds of paraphernalia that adorned the popular slogan. However many of us wore them on our chest and arms without adding them to our minds, hearts and spirit. So my question of the day is were you a letter wearer or did you actually subscribe to living a life full of choices that had what Jesus would do in mind? For example, when it comes to those you love, do you love them in spite or their flaws? Do you take the insults, bumps, bruises, heartache and disappointment that love will bring, erase them and move on? Do you say you still love them and harbor resentment, love them at a distance or just never forgive them? What happens to you when you love someone with spite? How does it affect your spirit and ...

Question of the Day: Is "Inspirational Song" Code Word For So Close to Secular You Can Barely Tell The Difference?

Gospel Music
Over the past few months I have heard several Christian artist classify their music as being "Inspirational". Some of them will then follow up this classification by saying they don't want to be so Churchy that they can't reach everyone. They want to draw people in by making them jam therefore taking some of the intimidation factor out of the Gospel. Some will even go as far as to say that for them traditional gospel doesn't work. However what I want to ask you is what are they really saying? For example both Mary Mary and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 have recently released albums that they are calling Inspirational. Now let it be known that I have not heard all of either of these albums and while "Walking" by Mary Mary is not my cup of tea, they still sing my favorite rendition of "Yesterday". Yet ...

Question of the Day – Is the Bad Weather God or Science?

RiverAngel42, Thoughts
Over the past couple of years I am sure you have all noticed that the weather appears to be getting worse and worse. Typhoons, Hurricanes and Tornadoes in Urban areas have left me with today's question. Is the bad weather God or science? On one hand many have looked at the natural disasters and said this is the hand of God at work. That the end times are near and this is only the beginning of the end. There are others who will say, on the other hand we warned you that the use of Aqua Net, Lysol and other aerosol cans etc. was causing a hole in the ozone and that global warming is to blame. When I asked my complimentary half (I'm sure he'll love that:)) what he thought, he brought up a good point and asked why couldn't it be both? To which I had to answer well I guess it could. God d...

Question of the Day: Should Pastors Peddle Goods To Their Congregation?

RiverAngel42, Thoughts
Before I go into my question, let me preface it by saying I come from a FAMILY FULL OF PASTORS. So I am not one of those people who talk about what a pastor should or shouldn't have or how or if they should be compensated by the church for Their Pastoral Services. This is not that question. This is something a little different. From my understanding a Pastor is a Shepherd and part of their responsibility is protecting their flock. In addition they should also be able to guide the members of their church in matters of stewardship. Being responsible with their money, making sure the church members are not being taken advantage of by quick schemes, get rich quick pyramids and the like. At the same time, many pastors are not Mega-church compensated and have to have jobs outside of the mini...

Question of The Day: Does The Color Of The Messenger Matter?

Thoughts
One of the things I have noticed since beginning this site is that people all over the world are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  So today I was listening to TD Jakes and I was wondering, would his message have the same impact if Jakes were white or Asian or any other race? More importantly, should it matter? I often read various blogs and Daily Inspirations and have read spirit filled words from people who are Filipino, White, Black and many other races and cultures. However I know that there are some people who feel as though they need or want their Pastor or Spiritual leader to look like them.  Is there any scriptural basis to found this feeling upon?  I know that for many African Americans there is a painful past of slavery and that the Bible and Christianity were two of the too

Question of the Day: What Would You Say To Your Teen If Their Friend Were Gay?

Lifestyles, RiverAngel42, Thoughts
In this day and age there are so many mixed messages being taught regarding homosexuality. Where it comes from, is it a choice, are you born that way, does it stem from some kind of abuse? I think for those of us who are in our 30's and above we may have ridden the end tide of the "Keep it in the closet" era. Meaning we all knew who our homosexual relatives were and those who were completely out there. However how many of us can really remember being in High School or even earlier with people who were openly and comfortably gay? So how as Christians do we help our children to navigate their way through a society that teaches, it is acceptable to be gay. As a matter of fact, is it ok to be gay? A good deal of teens today will tell you that the numbers of homosexual teens in their school ...