Brad Alles

Brad Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and received his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago.

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Demonic possession (Part 2)

This series of blogs on the angelic realm continues with information on the issue of demon possession.   What does the Bible say about the effects on people of demonic possession? 1. Mute: “While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.  And when the demon was [&hellip

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Demonic possession (Part 1)

Remember that the Christian worldview includes natural and supernatural realms.  But naturalism states that there is no supernatural realm, leaving no room for angels and demons.  Yet Christianity can explain why cultures all over the world believe in spirits. Or why today the Roman Catholic church (and other denominations) perform exorcisms and deliverance ministry on demon-possessed people. For [&hellip

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Demons

The first two blogs in this series dealt with angels and their tasks,  but now let’s turn our attention to demons.  Demons (or fallen angels or evil angels) “fell” from their status as perfect spirit beings created by God due to their prideful rebellion.  The demons willfully rebelled against God according to Jude 1:6.  It [&hellip

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Angel attributes and tasks

This series on angels and demons continues with a look at the types of angels that God created, their attributes, and their tasks.  In the Bible, there are seven kinds of angels listed: cherubim (Genesis 3:24), seraphim (Isaiah 6:2), archangels (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and thrones, powers, rulers, and authorities, all of which are found in Colossians 1:16. [&hellip

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Angels: An introduction

Our culture has a fascination with the supernatural, and with good reason.  Everywhere one goes, there are unexplained phenomenon.  People experience the unexplainable.  Couple that with media focusing on the supernatural, from movies about angels and demons, to books about vampires and werewolves, to comics about ghosts and hauntings, we are bombarded by these stories.  But what [&hellip

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In the end…

As we wrap up this series of blogs on God’s will, let’s conclude with a look at what really matters.  If  someone gave you an “End of Life” test, a series of questions to use near your last days, it might look something like this: 1. Who did you love? 2. Who loved you? 3. [&hellip

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Non-moral decisions (Part 2)

Decision making and God’s will continues with this second part regarding choices that don’t involve a moral component.  Non-moral decisions are made when there is no command in the Bible regarding God’s stated will.  If there is no special guidance by God, or no moral guidance given by God, then we have to make choices that are neither right nor wrong. Whatever we [&hellip

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Non-moral decisions (Part 1)

Before we get to non-moral decision making, here’s a quick recap from the first three installments on God’s will for your life.  The first way God guides is through His sovereign will.  You can know it through the rear-view mirror of life.  If God allowed things to happen, it must be part of His will.  A second [&hellip

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National Youth Gathering

IS THERE A GAP IN YOUR MAP? WORLDVIEWS & TRUTH · Dominant worldviews in America 1. Christianity, Islam, Cosmic-Humanism, Secular Humanism, Marxism, Post-Modernism · What is a worldview? 1. Formal—the truth claims that explain the world and reality (like map to look at world) 2. Personal—application of this view to life (consciously or unconsciously using [&hellip

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Moral will of God

Here’s a quick review of this series on God’s will before we examine a third way that God guides us, through His moral will.  God’s sovereign will, our first study, is seen when we look back on a day or period in our life.  If God allowed things to happen, it must be part of His will.  A second way God guides [&hellip

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