Do I Choose Or Am I Chosen?

 

Every day, you and I are confronted by choices. 

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People Who Do Bad Things

Will God love people who do bad things?

Is God’s grace available even for people who commit terrible crimes? 


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Doubts About God’s Activity

Can a faithful Christian have doubts and questions about God?

“Don’t be a doubting Thomas.”  Have you ever heard that phrase?  It refers to the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his death and resurrection. 

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Non Christians in Heaven?

Will those who are non-Christian go to heaven?
 
As we enter into this third week of our series on Big Questions of Faith, we tackle a particularly important question for people of faith?  Will those who are not Christian be saved?
 
Even as you read that question, you are probably having an internal reaction to it. 

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Why Bad Things Happen

Why do bad things happen to good people?

This question has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  The argument has often been stated as follows: if God is a good and loving God, while also being omnipotent and omniscient, then why do bad things happen?  If God loves God’s people, then God should protect them…at least that is the way many people approach this question.

And yet, is it as simple as all of that?  Harold Kushner had this response to this question in his book by the same title.


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The Big Question

Welcome to our new blog for Lutheran Church of the Cross.  The goal of this blog is to encourage discussion around matters of faith, as well as putting faith into practice in our daily lives.

For the first weeks of this Blog, I am connecting it with the summer sermon series at Lutheran Church of the Cross – Big Questions of Faith.  Over the course of the new few weeks, we will explore a variety of questions that people have about faith.  Some possible questions include:

  • What will heaven be like?
  • What is the Holy Spirit and how does a person receive it?
  • What does a person NEED to be saved by God?
  • Why are there so many different denominations and religious traditions, and along with that, how do we know which one is the true one?

These are just some of the potential questions we will cover.  Do you have a question that you would like us to possibly cover this summer?  Respond to this post and add your own ideas.  There are only a few basic ground rules for this discussion space:

  • Practice Christian love and respect to all who post,
  • There are no “Bad” questions to ask,
  • Speak for yourself as you respond to those who post, using “I” to describe what you think or believe
  • Avoid making assumptions or over-generalizations about how groups of people think or feel
  • Remember that this is a thread about our faith in Jesus Christ, not primarily a political forum, though faith does intersect with matters that may be political.
The featured Big Questions will be discussed during Sunday worship, during the Wednesday night dinner discussions, and on this blog.  Join the discussion as we wrestle with the Big Questions of Faith.

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