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Weekend Edition

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: Salvation

This broadcast begins with a "hard passage" from the Bible. The kind of passage that makes you scratch your head and ask "What in the world does this mean?". The first is 1 Peter 1:1-6 which talks about wives being submissive to their husbands. Many look at this through legalistic eyes and make it just another list of rules and regulations. That's not what it is at all. David in Hawaii asks about salvation not being complete until you are baptized with water. Tom asks whether 1 John 1:9 was written to believers or non-believers.

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Categories: Marriage Law Salvation Hard Passages

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

Laban asks if we are seated with Jesus, then is our work done as well? This is a very interesting question and a very thorough answer - you will enjoy it! Sarah questions forgiveness - why did Jesus include it in the Lord's Prayer if we are already forgiven? Dave asks how does one know for sure they have the Holy Spirit in them? Kristin asks about Revelations. What is meant by having to overcoming if we are already saved. Also what about the verse that says we can have our names blotted out of the book of life? Ramone is a first-time caller and asks if cremation is prohibited for believers?

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Categories: Heaven Forgiveness/Repentance Salvation Christian Living

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

Jackie asks about Psalm 119 - is the law truth? A listener In Montana asks about Isaiah 34:14 - does God scare me as discipline for my hypocritical ways? Autumn in Dallas asks about repentance - she is not sure she has repented sufficiently and therefore is not sure of her salvation. Bob gives a thorough explanation of repentance. This call ends with a prayer of salvation. Trudy in Idaho asks about her friends choice of church. The pastor claims to be a seer and is preaching about past lives. He has psychic readings, group readings for $50 each, etc. Her friends believe what he is teaching. How does she counsel her friends?

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Categories: Old Covenant Christian Living Forgiveness/Repentance Salvation

Lavonna begins this edition with a question about the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, man is controlled by the flesh. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life? William shares his story of how God watched over him. His life was transformed in day and rescued from drug addiction. At that point he gave his life to the Lord. Was it the Holy Spirit who drew him to God? Sandra asks about her son. At age 4, he gave his heart to the Lord. Is it necessary for him to pray for salvation now that he's an adult? Martin in New York shares how the Basic Gospel broadcast has helped him share Christ with others. Roy asks when and why did Christians change worship from Saturday to Sunday? We end with a question about Matthew 16:28. John asks for clarification.

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Categories: Holy Spirit Christian Living Salvation

Marcus asks about sanctification. Are we sanctified at salvation or is it a progressive sanctification? Ryan in Alberta, Canada called to ask what are some things he can expect as he faces a terminal illness. What insights can you share about Heaven? We ask that our listeners continue to pray for Ryan and his family as they journey through this illness. Charles in Ohio asks about 1 Corinthians 3:14-15. What are the rewards we receive in Heaven? Greg asks about backsliding. If a believer willfully sins after salvation, what happens? The good news is that if you are truly saved, you remain truly saved for eternity. Ken asks about our identity - are we sinners or saints? We are saints by calling, we have a new identity, and we will begin to see that identity transform how we think and act.

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Categories: Righteousness/Justification Heaven Salvation Identity/Self Image

We begin this week with a tribute to Rich Andresen, Chairman of the Board of Basic Gospel, who passed away this past Sunday. He loved Basic Gospel, he loved and blessed the staff in many ways, and he was a treasured and effective leader. We will miss Rich but we rejoice that he is now in the arms of his Savior. James in Denver called to ask how to lead a friend to Christ but doesn't want to attend church. Andrew asks why so many people continue to teach "tithing" instead of New Covenant giving. Jim in Dallas is not a Christian and bases his decision on Revelation 12:9. David asks about making estate decisions; he wants to leave a portion to charity but thinks that his children would be upset.

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Categories: Testimonies/Thanks Money/Giving Salvation

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

Phil responded to a call he heard about divorce and remarriage. The caller was concerned that he was committing adultery. Johnny's email asks if God will forgive him for being divorced and remarried. Is he going to hell? James asks about 1 John 1:9. Is this passage speaking to confession of sins in order to receive forgiveness? This is often a stumbling block passage. Bob gives a clear explanation of this passage. Tony called inquiring about President Trump, asking if he's a believer or not. While we can't answer his question with certainty, President Trump does seem to be relying on a panel of spiritual advisors and indicates that he is a strong advocate for Christianity.

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Categories: Marriage/Divorce Forgiveness/Repentance Salvation

Mark emailed a question about two passages that seem to contradict each other - Matthew 7:23 and Romans 10:9. Bob explains that one is actually speaking to unbelievers. Patty from Colorado asks how to keep the joy of the Lord in her life when she is struggling in her relationship with her husband. Steve asks about the Law - has it been replaced by the New Covenant? This is an interesting discussion. Paul called to asks how he can truly accept that Jesus died for our sins. He is re-entering the world of faith. He asks how to pray so that he can truly believe it in his heart.

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Categories: Salvation Marriage/Divorce Old Covenant New Covenant

Chris asks about our value in God's sight. It's easy to define our value by our performance. What does the gospel teach us about our true value? Sandra asks about her son's salvation. He prayed at age 4 to receive Christ - does he need to do that again now that he's an adult? Jeremy asks if repentance turning from a single act or turning away from our old life and toward Jesus? Stephanie wants to join a church where she can serve and grow. She is finding that many places are not teaching the true gospel. What resources can she use to share with others? Bob suggests resources that clearly communicate the "basic" gospel. These resources are important in presenting the New Covenant.

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Categories: Christian Living Salvation New Covenant

Eddie asks why Jesus spoke in parables when it seems as if the people didn't understand what he was saying. Marie in New Jersey put into words what many believers feel ... why do I constantly wonder what God thinks of me? Bob encourages Marie that she can erase that worry from her life. William comments on the futility of being under law. You are either lost, dead, under the law or you are saved, alive, and under grace. Sandra in Dallas asks how to make financial decisions while her husband if looking for employment. If they sell a piece of property, how much of it should she tithe? Lucy calls to thank the ministry for the outreach and asks about "we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience". Bob explains what Paul means in this passage.

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Categories: Jesus Christ Bible Salvation Christian Living Testimonies/Thanks

Bob Davis offers a Thanksgiving greeting. Chris asks about the value of praying for one another and should we pray for something more than once. Mark has been diagnosed as bipolar and also is addicted to nicotine. He is fearful of giving up nicotine thinking it might cause more episodes of bipolar symptoms. Ruth is confused about salvation. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it speaks as salvation as a gift of God. In Philippians 2:12 it says to work out your own salvation. Those two passages seem to contradict one another. A phone caller asks about tongues. Why is it that some churches put importance on tongues and others don't? Victoria called to ask about abiding in Christ. She wants to encourage others to abide in Christ.

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Categories: Prayer Emotions/Depression Salvation Holy Spirit

Len asks about Proverbs 11:29. How do I apply this verse to my pending divorce? My child is full of anger and resentment. Ryan is concerned that he might not have been saved early on because of his addiction to pornography. Was he saved then or was he saved only when he `repented' of that addiction? Andrew answers with compassion and truth. Cindy asks about the scripture "show thyself approved" ... how does that apply to those with learning disabilities who may not be able to read/grasp the Word. Andrew and Bob warn about making Christianity one-size-fits-all. Ron asks how important it is to understand the history of the times of the Bible? Bob explains the revelation by the Holy Spirit vs. historical knowledge.

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Categories: Marriage/Divorce Salvation Old Covenant

Mary Jo asks if a believer goes back to their old homosexual lifestyle, will they go to hell? Bob answers this question as it relates to any sin. If you are forgiven, you ARE forgiven. There is no sin that Jesus left unforgiven. Carl has a question about the Trinity. Are the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ created beings? Lucy asks about Revelation 3:19. Does God discipline? Angela asks if her salvation is secure no matter which church she attends. With all the different doctrines among churches, is there anything that could nullify salvation? Jose expresses that he is burnt out with trying to live the Christian life. He asks for a complete definition of legalism. Jerome asks about praying "in the Spirit". Is there a difference between speaking in tongues and praying in the Spirit? Gloria asks about two passages in Proverbs that seem to contradict each other.

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Categories: Christian Living Salvation Forgiveness/Repentance Prayer

Pam in Louisville, KY asks about her brother who suffers from multiple phobias. He is a believer but these fears keep him from living victoriously. Bob shares that typically this comes down to an identity issue. An email from Teresa asks about if you can grow in Jesus without delving into the Word? Richard shares insight on this emotion-based view of Jesus. Ryan shares his diagnosis of terminal brain cancer and updates us on his latest test results. His question has to do with what happens after salvation - are we left to our own devices? Richard explains assurance of salvation and how Ephesians 1:13-14 gives assurance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Eddie asks about 1 John 3:9 - does it really mean we cannot sin? An interesting question that Bob and Richard tackle together! Curt asks who are the rulers and authorities mentioned in Ephesians 3:10?

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Categories: Emotions/Depression Bible Hope Salvation

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