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What does it mean to “fear God?”

What does it mean to “fear God?”

All through the Bible, we're told to fear God. And we instinctively flinch when we read it. Fear is a negative thing, right? Why would anyone want to draw near to a God who only wants to instill fear in us? Well, there’s a difference between fearing God and being in...

What does it mean to be “evangelical”?

What does it mean to be “evangelical”?

Over the past few decades, the term “evangelical” has become primarily a political label in America. It’s become a group of people who are defined by what they are against: abortion, LGBTQ rights, immigration, environmentalism, and in the past few years, masks and...

Should Christians do yoga?

Should Christians do yoga?

I know plenty of Christians who do yoga or tai chi exclusively for the health benefits. They ignore the spirituality that surrounds it, and focus only on the strength, balance, flexibility, and calm it can bring through the isotonic/isometric exercise. But it’s...

Can people of other religions still go to heaven?

Can people of other religions still go to heaven?

There are millions of people around the world who have sincerely-held religious beliefs that might, at first glance, seem to be compatible with Christianity. Every religion preaches the “golden rule” of doing to others what we would want done to ourselves. Every...

How do I get over resentment toward someone who hurt me?

How do I get over resentment toward someone who hurt me?

As the great theologian Wesley said in The Princess Bride, “Life is pain. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” We all get hurt. All the time. In big and small ways. Maybe someone said something you didn’t like. Maybe it wasn’t really even directed...

How do you know if you should go one way or another in life?

How do you know if you should go one way or another in life?

Many Christians use the idea of open doors and closed doors to evaluate what we should do and where we should go. We assume that if a door is open we should walk through it. And if a door is closed we should give up on it. But it’s a little more complicated than that....

Is sinning okay if you were sinning for the right reason?

Is sinning okay if you were sinning for the right reason?

"Sometimes you need to choose between the lesser of two evils." “It’s OK to lie if it's the only way to help someone." "The ends justify the means if you're doing it for God." I've heard all those statements over the years. And many people point to Rahab as the...

What’s the significance of the Harbor Church logo?

What’s the significance of the Harbor Church logo?

When we planted Harbor in 2005, we wanted to come up with a logo that communicated what we seek to be: small boats that are brought by Jesus out of the stormy seas into the safe harbor of God's grace, equipped to go back out to cross big oceans and make a difference...

What do people do in hell?

What do people do in hell?

Many of the passages in the Bible that describe hell only give us vague and often metaphorical descriptions. We hear about the environment in hell: Those sent to hell are outside (Matthew 8:12) Shut out from the presence of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:9).  Hell is a...

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