27thJune

Kids’ Questions 15: Why can’t I see angels?

Categories: Uncategorized | 2010 | by Ken Horn | no comments

Why can’t I see angels?
Scarlett, 3

Angels were created by God, just like human beings. But you can see humans; you can’t see angels — at least most of the time. (The Bible says angels have appeared to some people.)

The Bible says angels watch over children (Matthew 18:10) and minister to Christians (Hebrews 1:14).

But you can’t see them because they are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14), which means they are invisible. Jesus said in John 3 that we can’t see some things even though they are real, like the wind.

Ken Horn

How do you know when God has said “no” to a prayer request?
Abby, 11

God always wants what is best for us. So we should start by praying the way God wants us to. The Bible says we can have confidence that God hears us when we ask according to His will (1 John 5:14). God doesn’t want us to pray for things that are selfish or not good for us. That’s why a lot of prayers are not answered (James 4:3).

God delights in saying “yes” to a prayer. But sometimes He says “no.” And at others times He says “not yet.” So even if you’ve been praying for a long time, it doesn’t mean that the answer is “no.”

The best thing to do is make sure you are praying in a way that pleases God and listen for His voice in your spirit. If you are sincere about wanting what God wants, He will send you the right answer at the right time.

Ken Horn

25thJune

Kids’ Questions 13: Why do I have to die?

Categories: death | 2010 | by Ken Horn | no comments

I love Jesus, so why do I have to die?
David

God never planned for anyone to die. But when Adam and Eve sinned, death became the penalty for sin. Because Adam and Eve were the parents of all people on earth, death came upon everyone (Romans 5:12). But those who love Jesus, though they will die physically someday, you will still have eternal life (John 11:25,26). And one day, Jesus will put an end to death (1 Corinthians 15:26). It is always sad when people die. But someday, everyone who follows Jesus will be together again.

Ken Horn

How could Jesus be both the Lamb of God and our Shepherd too? How could a lamb be a shepherd?
Richard, 8

It does seem confusing when you put those images together.

When referring to Jesus, both “Lamb” and “Shepherd” are word pictures that help us to understand more about Him. There are many such terms used for Jesus in the Scriptures, and most of them have to be taken alone; they don’t work together.

For example, Jesus said He is “the bread of life” (John 6:48) and “the light of the world” (John 9:5). These are separate ways of explaining different truths about Jesus. As bread, He is spiritual nourishment that brings eternal life (John 6:51); as light, Jesus shines truth in places of spiritual darkness.

The Bible explains that Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He has taken the place of the Passover lamb that was sacrificed for sin in the Old Testament, and whose blood was a sign of deliverance for Israel. Jesus’ death on the cross provides forgiveness for sin and deliverance from the power of evil. He sacrificed himself and also rose from the grave.

As the Shepherd, Jesus cares for His “sheep” (John 10:11), which represent Christians. “Shepherd” is another word picture to show you how much Jesus loves you and cares for you.

Ken Horn

How do I know God is real since I can’t see Him?
Molly, 9

Faith is probably the most important way to know that God is real. Hebrews 11:1 describes it: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV).

That means that though we don’t see God, we can know He exists. When you confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart, you begin a personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit helps you to know that you are part of God’s family: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).

An old gospel song expressed it this way: “If God is dead, who’s this living in my heart?” You can know that God is with you.

Another proof that God is real is this wonderful world and universe around us — God’s creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

If you have a favorite toy or other possession, you know that someone made it. It’s the same for this wonderful universe of ours. It is so complex it couldn’t have just happened without anyone making it. It had to have a Creator.

The Bible says that to know God exists, you just have to look around; nature is proof of God’s existence. “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

You can look at a beautiful butterfly or majestic mountain and know there is a God.

Ken Horn

21stJune

Could gentiles be saved before Christ came?

Categories: salvation | 2010 | by Ken Horn | no comments

What happened to gentiles who died before Christ came? Was there a way for them to be saved?

All those who were saved in the Old Testament were saved by faith looking ahead to the time of Christ and the cross. It was less clear but it was still by faith.

See Romans 4:3-8. Abraham’s faith was reckoned as righteousness. And this was before there were Jews and Gentiles.

The Holy Spirit was there to draw people. Gentiles could become proselytes and partake of the Jewish religion. This would be helpful in those days, but not necessary. What was necessary was faith in the true God, the kind of faith Abraham demonstrated.

Ken Horn

15thJanuary

What Happened to the Azusa Street Mission?

Categories: Pentecost | 2010 | by Ken Horn | no comments

What Happened to the Azusa Street Mission, Birthplace of Modern Pentecost?

You wrote the following in a recent article about the building that was the home of the revival that launched modern Pentecost in 1906:

There was an old abandoned building on a run-down street nearby. It had been an African Methodist Episcopal church - before that, a livery stable and a warehouse. The meetings moved to the building, and 312 Azusa Street became the home of the revival.

The Azusa tabernacle didn’t last. It was eventually torn down. You can find no trace of the physical building today, just a small plaque. But you can still find its spiritual imprint - not only in Los Angeles, but also in virtually every corner of the globe.

[Read the full article here.]

What happened to it? Why was it torn down?

Answer:

The congregation thrived for three years of revival and remained a healthy church for several years after that. Pastor William Seymour died in 1922, and his wife, Jennie Moore Seymour, took over. Attendance dwindled and the congregation lost the building in 1931; the congregation dispersed shortly thereafter. The building was demolished and a building was built in the late 1970s and early ’80s that became the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center of Los Angeles.

Like many important historical sites, the value of the mission building itself was not recognized until it was too late.

Ken Horn

26thOctober

Why the Bereans?

Categories: Christian living, Bible | 2009 | by Ken Horn | one comments

Why are the Bereans so often held up as the best example of students of the Word?

The answer can be found in Acts 17:11, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

They did what we all need to do. They checked anything they were taught to make sure it was consistent with God’s Word. See “Look in the Bible” for more on this.

Ken Horn

19thSeptember

Kids’ Questions 10: When is God coming back?

Categories: end times, Second Coming | 2009 | by Ken Horn | no comments

When is God coming back to get me?
Aleesa, 11

God is preparing a place for all His children (John 14:2,3). He will come for each of us — either when we die or on the day He comes for all His family, a day called the Rapture.

Death should not be a fearful thing for the believer. Second Corinthians 5:8 tells us that if we leave our bodies at death, we are immediately with God, and that is something we can look forward to.

The Rapture is the other possibility. This is when Jesus returns to take His church out of this world. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.)

But no one knows the day of his or her death and no one knows when the Rapture will take place. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

Ken Horn

What does God’s voice sound like?
Diana, 7

We don’t know. Though God has spoken to believers out loud, most of the time He speaks in a “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), an impression on your spirit. Anything God says to you this way will always be in agreement with what He has said in the Bible, which is His written Word.

Ken Horn

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