Author Archives: Fred Bittner

Graduates: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.

Graduates: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.

It’s graduation season!  Young adults are making big decisions about their lives and futures. Going out into the world they are determined to make their mark, to find their place, and to begin building a portfolio of wealth. In today’s economic environment, graduation can be daunting. We can put all of our efforts toward gaining

Just Overlook the Resurrection and Believe in Jesus?

As Easter approaches, many people in American society wrestle with the question, can’t we just overlook the resurrection and believe in Jesus? Some say, there are so many good teachings in Christianity that we should be able to focus on them without having to believe in a resurrection. While these statements may seem strange, they

When God Calls Us To Take The Hard Road

Please, you’re breaking my heart with your tears! I know exactly what I’m doing. I’m fully prepared to be bound, and more—to die for the name of Jesus, the King.– Paul, in Acts 21 (The Voice) Is it important that the Church strive for unity? Are there ways that churches can experience unity? In this

John 8:44

The Danger of Lies in Marriage and Relationships

What is your definition of truth? How often do you bend the truth to avoid trouble? Do you find yourself shielding truth from someone because you think it will protect them? In this week’s Bible Study, taken as an excerpt from the NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible, we’re looking at the marriage of Abram and Sarai from Genesis and the consequences of

be doers of the word and not hearers only

Models of Faith in a Hostile Society

There is no single correct way for how God’s people should respond to a culture hostile to faith. In the Old Testament, God called the Israelites to develop their own society. He designed laws to keep out pagan influences. But He sent New Testament followers into the world to impact unbelieving cultures. As we reflect

meaning of christmas

The Real Meaning of Christmas

We hear it all the time, “don’t forget the meaning of Christmas.” Yet how many people know the real meaning of Christmas? According to a survey released this week by the American Bible Society, 94% of Americans celebrate Christmas but only 15% of Americans read the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ as part of their

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a Child

Bible Verses About Children

What are some of the key Bible verses about children? Children are the reward of one’s youth. Happy, or blessed, is the man who has a quiver full of them. We hear statements like this nearly every father’s day among the many Bible verses about children. But what does it mean? And, how much is a

is hell real

Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real? We haven’t heard much about hell since the “hellfire and brimstone” era of the church. Today, little if anything is spoken in churches about hell. So the question has become increasingly important: Is Hell Real? If it is, then where is hell, who goes to hell, and can we be saved after

is satan real scripture

Bible Verses About Satan – Satan Is Real

Satan Is Real Is Satan real? Bring up the name of the devil, and invariably the picture of a man dressed in red, with horns and a long tail will come to mind. Every Halloween, the red devil costume, with strange looking pitchforks become a staple in the costume stores. But don’t be fooled because

What is worship psalm 37:4

What Is Worship?

The word worship is often used interchangeably with several elements that are tied to a church. But what is worship? How do we know that what we are doing is actually worship? To answer these questions, we must seek advice from the Word of God. Worship in the Bible Abraham was said to have worshiped

Top