The 2 religions of the world as illustrated by Invictus versus My Captain

The Bible teaches there are only 2 religions, which are grace and debt (Romans 4). Grace is the undeserved goodness of God offered to everyone who believes, it cannot be of works. Debt is owed by God because of good works, it cannot be of faith. These 2 religions are in stark contrast to each other. Grace teaches there is nothing you can do to earn salvation. Debt teaches you have to do everything to earn salvation. They cannot be Continue reading The 2 religions of the world as illustrated by Invictus versus My Captain

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3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

The 3 requirements for fervent effectual prayer are ask, seek, and knock. The Christian life is an active life, it motivates, and it works. You need to ask the will of God. You need to actively seek the answer. Then, you have to put the answer into action. All 3 of these are required. Don’t expect a godly answer and good results without all three. If you never ask the will of God, but seek everywhere for an answer, who knows what Continue reading 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

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Don’t judge by appearance, countenance, height, or stature, because the LORD looks at the heart

When Samuel was sent to anoint a new king to replace Saul, he fell into a common trap. It’s not about appearance, countenance, height, or stature. It’s all about the heart. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, Continue reading Don’t judge by appearance, countenance, height, or stature, because the LORD looks at the heart

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Jesus Christ: The Lamb of God versus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

Many amateur Bible students and cult-like groups have seized on the title of Jesus Christ as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to justify their angry, aggressive, warlike doctrine and behavior. This is the opposite of the truth. I have been meditating on this subject for several years and have finally decided it is time to write this post. Please pray for me to be careful to let the Holy Spirit guide me to be accurate. Please pray that Continue reading Jesus Christ: The Lamb of God versus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

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Rooted and Grounded in Love

Right in the middle of the book of Ephesians, which contains the most complete, accurate, and detailed description of the church, which is Christ’s body, there is this nugget… Ephesians 3:17-18 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his Continue reading Rooted and Grounded in Love

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Living by the power of God

By the power of God; literally, in power of God (2 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 4:20). “For the kingdom of God is not [only] in word, but in power.” 1411 dýnamis (from 1410 /dýnamai, “able, having ability“) properly, “ability to perform” (L-N); for the believer, power to achieve by applying the Lord’s inherent abilities. “Power through God’s ability” (1411 /dýnamis) is needed in every scene of life to really grow in sanctification and prepare for heaven (glorification). Continue reading Living by the power of God

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The shocking war between the good intentions of the flesh and the spirit

What is the battle between the flesh and the spirit described in Galatians? The sinful nature [4561] wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature [4561] desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. (Galatians 5:17 NLT) Do you think this means living the pious life of a religious Continue reading The shocking war between the good intentions of the flesh and the spirit

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Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you

Towards the end of the Apostle Peter’s exhortation to the exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, he shares this nugget. The amazing truth and beauty of this passage is somewhat obscured by the King James English, so let’s look at several different translations… Casting all your care [3308] upon him; for he careth [3199] for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)

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The intersection of three lifelines: Jesus Christ, King David, and you

Now at the intersection of three lifelines: the scriptures point to Jesus Christ (John 5:39), the Son of God, the great I AM (Exodus 3:14) who is the root and offspring of the Patriarch King David through whom the savior has come to rescue you. It always has been about you, it always is about you, and it always will be about you.

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Christmas: Unto us a child is born

There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ…

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