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JOHN PEARRELL: It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Christ

It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Jesus Christ. Doubts are interesting things.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Resurrection of Christ turned doubters into believers

Easter is just around the corner. People who don't normally go to church will be in church on Easter Sunday -- I think that is great.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible is more than a book

Apparently one of the most popular shows on television these days is History Channel's "The Bible," the first of this series attracting some 27 million viewers, and over the weeks the numbers have remained high.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God serves as our moral compass

Last week in my column I introduced you to Linda and Bob (not their real names).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Suffering exists to remind us of the importance of staying close to God

Suffering exists to remind us of the importance of God.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Being a church member is an important part of being Christian

My wife and I were channel surfing (that's the only surfing I know how to do) when we came across a program that looked somewhat interesting.

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JOHN PEARRELL: A connection with God can fill the void of loneliness

At Gateway, we are in a series I've titled "Friends." I am told that we in Western society are more connected than ever through social media; we are more connected yet more isolated than ever before.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Our understanding of grace should move us closer to Jesus every day

A few years ago the working definition of tolerance changed.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God forgives even the greatest of sins

Jan. 22 will mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that landmark decision, 55 million innocent lives have been ruthlessly murdered on the altar of convenience.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Don't rely on others accounts; read the Bible yourself

Over these last few weeks I have been asking you to consider the possibility that the accounts of Jesus as recorded by the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) might in fact be true; the evidence of the effect Jesus had on history certainly gives one sufficient evidence to contemplate.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The life of Jesus makes the seemingly incredible claims of His birth, credible

Last week we began an examination of the Christmas story.

JOHN PEARRELL: Critics should examine the facts before discounting the birth of Jesus

At the heart of the story of Christmas is the birth of a baby. For centuries, scholars, skeptics and people of faith have questioned the identity of this baby.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The most important gift this season is Jesus

We are coming into the Christmas season, and this past Sunday, in the liturgical calendar was Bethlehem Sunday.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Entry into heaven is not dictated by our good deeds, but by God

One of the great misconceptions many hold when it comes to the idea of heaven is the belief that if one's good works outweigh their bad deeds, they will get into heaven.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Pray for our elected officials, even if they are not the ones we chose

By time you read this column, election day 2012 will have passed. Some of you are happy with the results of the elections, others not so happy.

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JOHN PEARRELL: True hope and change can only be found in Christ

In a few short days, America returns to the polls for an important election.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible warns against hypocrisy

As I write this column, many are preparing for Halloween celebrations.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Rejecting God's authority can lead to tragic results

On Saturday of last week and then again on Monday of this week, two different articles crossed my desk reporting that one in five Americans declare themselves religious but unaffiliated with any church or denominations.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Evil in the world should not prevent belief in God

As scientific evidence accrues, the realization that we are not here by blind chance is becoming abundantly clear.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Heaven is a free gift God bestows on anyone who has faith in Jesus

On Monday of this week I had to perform a task that no pastor likes to perform -- I had to officiate a double memorial service for a family.

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JOHN PEARRELL: It is possible to believe in truth and not be arrogant or divisive

Have you ever noticed that there are those who go to extremes in their effort to discount the Christian faith?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Know that Jesus is the way to heaven, or dwell in frustration

One of the more common accusations leveled at Christianity is the charge that we are too narrow, too restrictive.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians must believe in the virgin birth, Christ's miracles, the Resurrection

Let me begin this column with an illustration. Please understand that what I am writing is only for illustrative purposes.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Have hope that Jesus can transform you

Look around you. Crosses are everywhere. They decorate our houses of worship; they are used as art in our homes; we wear them as pieces of jewelry; and in a new trend, I see many young people displaying crosses as body art.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Bible should serve as the authority on God

Rabbinic Judaism began its development during the Babylonian captivity.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians are called to love enemies, not slaughter them

The new atheists are fond of claiming that all the wars in the world have been caused by religion, yet when you challenge them to name the wars waged in the name of religion, they stumble over themselves at a loss to name more than one war: the Crusades.

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JOHN PEARRELL: True Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with God

Arnold Toynbee once observed, "Most people have not rejected Christianity but rather a caricature of it."

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JOHN PEARRELL: Follow three steps to enter into a relationship with God

In my recent series of columns, I have been dealing with the subject of true Christianity.

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JOHN PEARRELL: You are only born of God when you place your trust in His Son, Jesus

In my last two columns, we have been examining an issue of eternal importance, namely, what is a real Christian?

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JOHN PEARRELL: In order to be Christian, you must be born-again

In my last column, we began to explore an issue which came to me via email, titled, "You might not be a Christian."

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JOHN PEARRELL: God extended mercy, grace to us through Christ's death on the Cross

I have been a Christian for some 52 years now.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ

There is a growing myth that needs to be exposed.

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JOHN PEARRELL: A world without God may not be as rosy as some think

More and more we are hearing the phrase "freedom of worship" coming from the White House. Few see the danger in this subtle change of words by our current administration from the traditional "freedom of religion."

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JOHN PEARRELL: To become a child of God, you must have faith in Jesus

How often have you heard someone exclaim, "We are all children of God"?. If you accept the authority of the Bible, then you recognize that statement to be false. Generally, those who express this wrong belief do so under the also mistaken belief that everyone goes to heaven anyhow.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God takes sin just as seriously today as He did when Cain and Abel lived

"I'm into spirituality, I'm not into religion.". That is a statement I hear more and more it seems every day. This "spirituality" is an interesting thing -- it seems to be an eclectic mix of various parts of various religious views, taking what one likes from each and leaving

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JOHN PEARRELL: The only entrance into heaven is through Jesus Christ

Have you ever noticed that whether a death is an untimely one, such as the death of a young person, an expected one, after a long period of suffering, or a natural one, after a long and productive life, those left behind always think that the death was too soon?

JOHN PEARRELL: Church offers us chance to strengthen our faith by being with each other

It seems that we live in an age where many who profess that they are Christians see no reason to attend church. I hear it all the time from various people. "Oh, I worship with my family at home." Or "I get my church from watching Dr. So and So on television." Or "I worship on the golf course or in my hunting stand... I don't need to be in church to worship."

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JOHN PEARRELL: If we belong to Christ, we need to be connected with His body, the church.

In last week's column, I concluded my thoughts on the church by stating that if we were to be obedient Christ followers, and enjoy the full benefits of our walk with Him, we cannot isolate ourselves from the fellowship of believers, from the church.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Experience the full joy of worship: attend church

"I'm a Christian but I don't believe in the church; I can worship at home." As a pastor, I cannot even begin to count how many times I have heard statements like this. Let's examine that concept a little. Can a person really be a Christian and yet not be involved in a local fellowship?

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JOHN PEARRELL: We must have a loyalty to Christ, which grows from our love for Him

Recently I have been inundated with a flux of materials whose common theme is the imminent demise of the church. Let me just use the words of Mark Twain here who, upon hearing that the New York Times had published his obituary, said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

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JOHN PEARRELL: Positive change in the world requires a change in the human heart

Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Years ago Alvin Toffler wrote in his book, "Future Shock," "The years skip by at an ever accelerating pace." When I read those words, I was a young man just beginning pre-medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I did not understand those words back then; I do today. My goodness where have the years gone?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Peace promised by the angels on the first Christmas comes only if you accept Christ

Probably the most familiar words of the Christmas story are that of the angels who appeared to the shepherds and proclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14 KJV).

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JOHN PEARRELL: It is a greater leap of faith to deny the virgin birth than it is to accept it

If this year is anything like previous years, there will be a plethora of PBS specials and investigative news reports all discussing one thing: the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Some wonder, should Christians celebrate Christmas?

Every Christmas, without fail, someone will ask me if Christians should celebrate Christmas.. Generally, the idea that we should not celebrate it comes from either the concept that the holiday has become so commercial as to have lost its true meaning (and should we propagate that commercialism?) or from the

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JOHN PEARRELL: The further our nation moves from its Christian foundation, the more intolerant it becomes

The secular humanistic view of tolerance has proven to be nothing more than a thin veil used to disguise their extreme intolerance.. The classical definition of tolerance is "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own" (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition). That is

JOHN PEARRELL: Lasting peace, purpose and hope is found only through God's unchanging truth

I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Trust God to transform your life, as He has done for others

Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective (at www.breakpoint.org) on Nov. 4, 2005, relates an interesting story. Let me share it with you.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Lasting peace, purpose and hope is found only through God's unchanging truth

I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).. Perhaps this passage in Ecclesiastes is

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JOHN PEARRELL: If you are looking for happiness, give God a chance

Every one of us longs for happiness. Not just the superficial happiness that is momentarily experienced in certain surroundings and then vanishes quickly like a puff of smoke, but a deep abiding happiness with our lives.. Years ago a young teen wrote these words to columnist Ann Landers, "Happiness is

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PEARRELL: The hypocrisy over capital punishment

I do not know your views regarding the Troy Davis saga. I do know that a cry went out across this land asking for leniency with the claim that there was a chance he might be innocent.. Voices like Al Sharpton, former President Jimmy Carter, Amnesty International and others rallied