Surely you agree that all one must do in order to be saved is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) But, of course, this is not just a mental assent to the fact that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. Rather, it is first seeing ourselves as sinners who deserve what Christ bore for us, and then, in humble and grateful acceptance of what He has done for us, coming to the end of Continue reading The Security of the Believer Safe in Christ
Almost everyone I know has been through a period in their lives where hopelessness led them to consider suicide as an escape. We know the terrible pain and anguish of soul—brought from the past to torment us in the present—with nothing to be seen in the future but more suffering and more pain. We know how overwhelming suicidal thoughts swirl round and down unstoppable until there is no other possible way out. We survived, we made it, and so can you. Here is how… Continue reading 7 reasons for hope instead of suicide
What is the sin of blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? Can you accidentally blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? Will everyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit go to hell? “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30 NLT)
These things have been on my heart for a long time, but the events of the last few weeks have prompted me to write. Please forgive me if I accidentally misspeak and needlessly offend anyone. Every life is precious to God. No matter who you are, or what you have been labeled, or what you have experienced, or how you have been treated, your life matters to God. He loves you. He is concerned about you. He wants to bless you. Continue reading Your Life Matters To God
The Apostle Paul did not advocate condemning people That’s not the subject of the letter to the Galatians. It is inconceivable that the Apostle Paul would throw in a verse that justifies hatefully condemning anyone in the final paragraph of a letter arguing against the false law-keeping doctrine of the Judaizers. Consider this brief outline of the Letter to the Galatians…
All the man-made religions of the world teach you how to improve your zeal and your work to make yourself right before God. This turns into an endless treadmill of working harder with more zeal to overcome your sins. Jesus Christ defeated the treadmill, and he wants to give you the victory. Don’t fall victim to these fails.
We realize this is a natural tendency of human nature to distinguish between “us” and “them.” This is sectarian. It grows into a doctrine of sectarianism. From the first man, Adam—who wanted God to know that he wasn’t as bad as his wife (Genesis 3:12)—all the way to you and me, pride wants us to exalt ourselves by humbling other people. As usual God wants it to be the other way around.
The goal of the Apostle Paul was for believers to be “filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” If your fellowship is filled with this kind of gentle instruction, then thank the Lord for his many blessings. But, if your fellowship is filled with “foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights,” that is not what God wants. If you cannot “gently instruct those who oppose the truth,” then maybe it’s time to “have nothing more to Continue reading The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart
Have you ever been tempted to ask God what is the greatest attribute: inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever longed for more inspiration, more truth, more knowledge, more faith? Have you ever focused on inspiration, truth, knowledge, or faith? Have you ever been justifiably proud of your inspiration, your truth, your knowledge, or your faith? If so, you may have missed the message of Jesus Christ.