Why do we need to be justified by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8)? “It is as though God had committed to our trust a perfect crystal vase, and had said, ‘if you keep that whole, and present it to me, you shall have a reward.’ But we have cracked it, chipped it; ah! … Continue reading Our Need for Justification by Faith
When God’s people come together, we are all important and we all have work to do. Each one of us is a royal priest. The priesthood of every believer was lost to Catholic doctrine. The priests controlled the church and all the work of the church was done by the priests. They were viewed as … Continue reading When You Become Y’ALL: The Priesthood of All Believers
1 Peter 2:4-5 says, “As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God—you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (CSB). At the very front of the verse, we see … Continue reading The Stones
When God’s people come together, we are all important and we all have work to do. Each one of us is a royal priest. The priesthood of every believer was lost to Catholic doctrine. The priests controlled the church and all the work of the church was done by the priests. They were viewed as … Continue reading Priesthood of Just Some Believers?
God’s church finds her origin in the eternal mind of God and its perpetuity is further guaranteed the person of Christ. As Jonathan Edwards said, “God’s love to his saints has had being from all eternity. God often in his Word is setting [forth] how great his love is to his saints, how dear they … Continue reading The Weight of the Church
Aggressive secularism continues to march powerfully across the intellectual and moral landscape of Western civilization. Some wonder if the church can continue in this secular age. Perhaps one might wonder if all the investments made for the church are worth the sacrifice. There have also been theologians who have downplayed the ontological union of … Continue reading The Church in Christ Forever
How do you feel when someone afflicts you with their bad attitude? Does their negativity increase productivity? Do you want to be around them? Do you want to be a part of their church? Do you want to be closer to God after being around them? It's easy for us to look at their … Continue reading Joy?
Quoting Psalm 116.10, Paul said, "I believed, and therefore I did speak; we also believe, and therefore we also speak; knowing that he that raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also with Jesus and present us with you" (2 Cor. 4:13-14). Psalm 116 is a most beautiful hymn of thanksgiving that shows … Continue reading Resurrected Worship
God’s creation of the heavens and the earth provides the framework for understanding the entire Biblical narrative. The great themes of the human history begin in Genesis 1-3. The universe was not created just for mankind. It was created for God and mankind to dwell together. Therefore, the Garden of Eden functioned as a … Continue reading GOD’S PRESENCE IN THE GARDEN TEMPLE OF EDEN
Brokenness fills our lives and our culture. Civilization continues to fall victim to brokenness and needs to be redeemed by love. The great struggles of our society are often the same great struggles which keep thousands away from God. The causes of abortion, divorce, abuse, and neglect are connected to the lack of godly … Continue reading Endless Redeeming Love for the Broken World
Our words can do horrible damage. James said, “the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell” (Js. 3:6). Our words can do holy work. Our words can praise God. John … Continue reading Heart Words: Harm or Holy