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Join your host, Bob Davis, as he highlights the most interesting calls and email questions from the Basic Gospel weekday broadcast.

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Category: Faith

Ryan from Canada called to thank Basic Gospel for the clear message of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Ryan has a terminal diagnosis. His dad came to Christ because of Ryan's faith. His encouragement is to support the ministry because of how the gospel has impacted three generations of his family. Tom's question is what is the theology of the Bible? Brad called to share his story of how he has learned to "be a voice" for the gospel through Basic Gospel. John asks for an explanation of sanctification. What is it and how do we become sanctified? Mary Jo asks how to forgive others without letting them take advantage of you? A YouTube viewer asks about eternal security - can we truly say that once we are saved, we don't have to worry ever again about our salvation?

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Categories: Faith Testimonies/Thanks Salvation Forgiveness/Repentance

Kristin has heard teaching that our sins separate us from God, and that's what is causing her anxiety. Do our sins really separate us? Understanding what has happened to our sins is the key truth to experiencing life as God intends. Brad asks if Paul is talking as a believer or unbeliever in Romans 7? Is he speaking of his life as a believer who still struggles? Samuel connected through YouTube to ask about hell - is it a real place? How does judgment pertain to who is sent to hell and who isn't? Revelation reveals wonderful truth! Myles in Calgary asks if Jesus said anything about going to a minister, vicar, pastor for direction in the Bible or is the Holy Spirit the source of our discernment? Samuel is concerned about maintaining an attitude of appreciation toward others. Why is it so hard to be an encourager sometimes? The warning is to not make being appreciative a "work". William in California comments on our being a new creation in Christ. Adam and Eve had the choice to leave and never come back; our choice is to come back and never leave.

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Categories: Sin Salvation Hell Holy Spirit Faith

Ryan asks about Revelation 3:5 - is it really possible that a believer's name can ever be removed from the Book of Life? Because Jesus lives forever, he has saved us completely and we can be assured that we will be with him forever. Kristin asks when she feels the onslaught of the enemy, what are some strategies she can use to get back on track with truth. Stephanie asks about how a believer can make decisions about governmental elections. How can I know that God is working all things together for good when it seems that those who are weak and neglected are being damaged by policy. Amanda in Fort Worth, Texas called to discuss the fact that she recently lost her job and is facing an eviction notice from her apartment. The job she was trying to do was too physically taxing and she is having difficulty finding a new job. She is feeling very anxious and hopeless and that maybe God is not thinking of her. Samuel asks about losing sight of the joy of Jesus and looking to the world for temporary joy. How do we resist that temptation?

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Categories: Hard Passages Salvation Christian Living Faith

Bob in Texas called with a question about eternal security. Does that really mean that we don't need to ask forgiveness for any past, present, or future sins? Stephanie asks how she can be loving and kind to family members who are not loving and unkind? Howard called to ask how to distinguish between prompting from the Holy Spirit or if it is just a legalistic response? How do you know? James asks how to know if we are walking in our own strength or walking in faith in the Spirit? Maria asks if tithing is for today ... this is a question we hear quite often.

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Categories: Salvation Forgiveness/Repentance Love Christian Living Faith Money/Giving

We received an impassioned email with the subject line "Crisis in Faith". Bob and Richard give solid, clear answers to the writer of this email. This is an important conversation. Robbie in New York asks if a believer is committing a sin when he dies, does he lose his salvation? What about a believer who commits suicide? A caller fears that he has blasphemed the Holy Spirit and feels overwhelming guilt. Is it possible for him to ever be saved again? Can a Christian even commit blasphemy against the Spirit? Or is it only done by unbelievers?

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Categories: Faith Sin Salvation Holy Spirit

Mark asks about forgiveness. Is everyone forgiven, even unbelievers? Bob explains that salvation is much more than forgiveness. Luisa asks about speaking in tongues - is it proof that one is sealed? Brad asks for an explanation of what is means that God lives his life through us. An anonymous listener asked about the Bereans - are they a cult? Samuel asks about a friend who is encouraging him to doubt that the Holy Spirit exists. Myra asks what to do when your faith fails?

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Categories: Forgiveness/Repentance Holy Spirit Faith Christian Living

Joseph asks about sex before marriage. Does that defile the union that you desire after marriage? When you do get married, do you have to take your vows before God or just go to the courthouse? Daniel asks if forgiveness is contingent upon repentance or repenting? Bob explains that repentance is a much bigger word - it's really about going from death to life. Chris from Virginia asks what God's solution is to our timidity in sharing our faith with others? If fear of sharing an indicator that God is not wanting us to share with that particular person? When those feelings of fear come, what do we do with that? Jeff called to thank us for the ministry and to ask for direction in how to communicate with his friend. His friend is struggling with drugs, alcohol, and suffered the loss of both parents. How should he approach his friend with the Gospel? The answer is to simply talk to him about Jesus and let the power of the Gospel do it's work. Bob encourages all listeners to continue to keep our friend, Ryan, and his family in our prayers. Ryan is a dear listener of Basic Gospel and is facing terminal brain cancer with faith and trust in God. Please join with us as we continue to pray for God's perfect work in Ryan's life.

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Categories: Marriage/Divorce Forgiveness/Repentance Faith Christian Living Hope

Ray in San Francisco asks why most gospel teachers complicate the message. They seem to always add works to the mix. Why don't they teach 'saved by grace, through faith'? Bob Davis brings up a recent article reporting that in England doctors are encouraged to call mothers 'pregnant people' in order to avoid offending transgender people. Samuel asks about Romans 10:9, "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Is this a test for others to gauge someone's condition, or a test to examine ourselves? Mitch asks about "the just will live by faith, not by sight". Is that speaking to looking for signs from God or is it speaking about the meaning of faith?

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Categories: Grace Christian Living Salvation Righteousness/Justification Faith

Daniel calls about "American Christianity" asking why so many teach that you have to work for it ... that it's not a gift. Bob and Andrew answer by looking at Paul's letters to the churches of his day. Lynn left a voicemail asking about predestination - God's will or ours? * You can call and leave your voicemail question 24/7 on our toll free number: 844.322.2742. * Mike calls from Washington and asks about God's healing for today.

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Categories: Christian Living Faith God's Will

Our Canadian friend, Ryan, called to share the creative way he was able to communicate the finished work of Jesus to his young daughter. He thanks us for keeping the message simple and that we didn't name our ministry "Complex Gospel"! Ryan has terminal brain cancer and has found great encouragement through Basic Gospel. We have been equally encouraged by him. William calls asking about drinking and gluttony. Even Jesus was accused of such things. This questions leads to a discussion of our living sacrifice. Ed asked about Jeremiah 31:31. Was the promise of the New Covenant only for the house of Israel? Karen asks about showing God's grace to others. It takes a humble heart to receive and share the grace of God.

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Categories: Faith Hope Love Grace New Covenant

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Basic Gospel Weekend! Bob, Bob, and Richard discuss the awe-inspiring gift of Jesus Christ. Through his birth, love came down and gave us hope. Through his death, we received forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God's Christmas gift to us was his son, Jesus Christ. As the angel proclaimed, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11). All of us at Basic Gospel wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and God's richest blessings in the New Year!

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Categories: Jesus Christ Faith Hope Love

Christopher asks about his relationship with God. Is the fact that he has not been successful in personal relationships the reason that he doesn't have a good relationship with God? Bob and Richard respond in depth about our relationship with God and how that spills over to others. Byron sent an email regarding Romans 6, 7 & 8. This section is really the pinnacle of the gospel message. Paul makes the case for Christianity in those three chapters. Chris asks about Genesis 4:15. What did the mark look like and why did he mark Cain? Sandra called from Dallas to ask about how to know God's will in their current financial situation? Jose' asks what it means to walk in the Spirit? Is that something he has to work at or is it God's work?

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Categories: Faith Christian Living God's Will

Ralph in Tennessee asks about prayer. His wife is very ill and the prayers of the whole church hasn't seemed to "work". What is the role of prayer in situations like this? Lydia asks about the Sabbath? Is it a certain day that we must observe? Bob points her to the "eternal rest" that we now experience in Christ Jesus. There's an interesting observation about the 7th day we encourage you to hear. Stan asks how we really know the will of God. He feels he has missed God's purpose and blessing. Richard answers with insight from his own life. Kim is worried about all the instances of seeing the number 666. Does it mean that she is being attacked or marked? Stephen asks if it is wrong to ask the Lord to take him home? He feels he is not making the world "better". Bob encourages him to allow the Lord to work through him. He will use us in individual lives.

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Categories: Prayer Faith Hope God's Will End Times Hope

Wanda asks about the verse "by his stripes we are healed" in Isaiah 53:5. Bob explains that this is not a verse about physical healing but a verse about the healing of our souls. Rose has a question about Revelation. When we die does our spirit go immediately to heaven or are we in a state of limbo? Bob explains "absent from the body, present with the Lord" for the believer. Jose asks about attending church - do we have to attend church? Richard explains the importance of, not the requirement of, meeting together with like-minded believers. Kim asks a heart-wrenching question. If she decides to quit dialysis and let her body go, will God still receive her? Bob handles this question with compassion, concern, and truth from the Word of God. It's a powerful response. Chris asks about John 15:14, "you are my friends if you do what I command". What is the context of this statement? If I don't do a good job of loving others, does that mean Jesus will not love me? Curtis asks if God knows our eternal destiny before we are even conceived?

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Categories: Faith Heaven Christian Living Love Theology

Scott asks for an explanation of John 8:4-11 - the woman caught in adultery. He compares this situation to the tragic Orlando shooting. Bob explains this situation was used as a trap to discredit Jesus. This passage reveals the truth of God's love. Clay calls regarding Hebrews 4 and the meaning of circumcision. Joanne asks about God's stance on remarriage. Can you remarry only if your spouse dies? Bob discusses marriage, divorce, and remarriage from God's perspective. Ron sent a question through Facebook - please explain how we can make disciples? Bob and Richard discuss the journey of discipleship.

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Categories: Love Jesus Christ Marriage/Divorce Faith

Chris asks what we need to do to overcome sin. Is it a matter of keeping our eyes on Jesus or focusing on the sin. Ryan's question is about our frequent phrase, first faith then change. Now facing terminal brain cancer, he has a newfound awareness of how important his relationship is with Christ. Is it normal that we believe first and then we see a change in behavior? Perry asks about Romans 8:15. Hearing that we are adopted as sons made a huge difference in his life. Aaron shared his take on being free in Christ. Instead of striving to be a people-pleaser he is able to rest in the acceptance of God. John 15 was the scripture that resonated with his heart and allowed him to truly abide in Christ.

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Categories: Sin Faith Christian Living

Jerome asks what grieving the Holy Spirit means. We all sin, so is the Holy Spirit in a constant state of grief? Chris asks how the Gospel frees us from the opinion of others. Bob responds with a passage from Galatians. You can live freely as a child of God, unconcerned about the opinion of others. Lorraine shares her understanding of holiness... love, joy, long-suffering, peace, kindness, showing the love of God in daily life. Bob shares how her insight fits into our by-line - hear it, believe it, and live it. Terry asks if categorizing a sin puts us under the law. If the unpardonable sin is unbelief, then what do I call behaviors that we typically call sins? Bob ends with an encouraging email from Paul.

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Categories: Holy Spirit Faith Love Sin

Dwight's question is about our "job" after salvation. If we don't do good works, will we be kept out of Heaven? This is an important question to understand. Bob gives a complete picture of salvation in this call. Kelly's call is heart-wrenching. Even though he is a believer, he struggles with alcohol addiction and shame associated with it. Andrew gives great hope and encouragement. Bob addresses an email question from Colleen about exactly what power Satan has in the world. Barry asks about the 10 Commandments - are they still in effect? Andrew explains how this question applies to believers and unbelievers. Mark asks how we teach people to listen to the Holy Spirit. Armindo asks about the judgment of God. How can he judge us if he doesn't keep a record of wrongs?

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Categories: Christian Living Salvation Faith Law Old Covenant Holy Spirit

Here's good news - when God looks down on the world, he sees two kinds of people - those who are lost and need salvation (the unrighteous) and those who are saved (the righteous). If you are a believer, you have been justified and are righteous in God's sight. Our friend, Clay, calls with a question about suicide. Does suicide negate salvation? Richard sets the record straight regarding this oft-misunderstood subject. Angela called to explain her understanding of faith. Bob shares Major Ian Thomas' insight on faith - first, it's the love of God initiated toward us, which results in our love for God, resulting in our dependence to God, resulting in obedience to God. Joe in KY asks about the New Covenant - does a Christian still have to tithe 10%? Andrew explains how New Covenant believers honor the Lord in their giving. Victor asks about "replacement" theology - believers who think they can replace Israel by keeping the Jewish customs. It's an interesting discussion. Brad in Missouri points to the verse in Matthew which speaks about "taking up the cross". Bob explains that our responsibility is simply to walk by faith.

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Categories: Righteousness/Justification Salvation Sin Love Faith Money/Giving

Tony calls with his struggle with what it means to be holy. Bob explains sanctification to help Tony understand what it means to be set apart, made holy, from the world. Holy looks a lot like love! Bob points him to Hebrews 10:10 as a key verse. Opal asks about punishment. Does God punish us when we sin? Bob shares the good news - Jesus took the punishment for sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 speaks loud and clear on this issue. Bob encourages her to think "bigger" than seeing God's training as some kind of punishment. Ray calls to encourage Basic Gospel to continue the ministry of teaching the New Covenant. He is a long-time listener and makes the point that the message we proclaim has remained unchanged. Bob makes this statement: Faith trusts. When faith trusts, faith rests. Jane asks if the reason God leaves Christians on earth only to reach others for Christ. Bob looks at our purpose in daily life. It's all about relationship.

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Categories: Righteousness/Justification Forgiveness/Repentance Faith

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