Was Jesus birth as low profile as it is often portrayed?

Often times we talk about or think about Jesus’ birth as some secret, private event that went unnoticed, but is that what the Bible describes?

 

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Is temptation to be welcomed or avoided?

Excerpt from the message “And When You Pray” on November 26th, 2017 in which pastor Marc addresses the allegedly contradictory claims betwen Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel, and the epistle of James.

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2, KJV)

 

 

 

Does Jesus teach that God will give us anything we ask for?

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ” (Matthew 7:7-11)

Excerpt from the message “And When You Pray” on November 26th, 2017.

Does God lead us into temptation?

Some have claimed that Matthew 6:13 implies that God may lead us into temptations, which is why Jesus is telling us to ask that God NOT do that: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

However, James 1:13 says, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”

The claim is that these two verses show a contradiction in the teachings of the Bible.

 

Are we supposed to let our good deeds be seen or do them in secret?

An excerpt from the message “For the Glory of God” on November 19th, 2017. Matthew chapters 5 & 6 seem to have conflicting messages as far as how we are to act as we try to follow Christ.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them” (Matt. 6:1).