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 to Be Justified
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“Please don’t go. Don’t go away.” As long as we are in this world, we will struggle with temptations to leave God. “When, then, the flesh resists, the soul must be intent upon God, and if results do not follow, let not faith fail. And if the enticements of the flesh come upon us, … Continue reading Please Don’t Go: Thoughts on Galatians 1:6ff
The world is filled with sin. There is absolutely no denying sin’s presence on every channel and in every selfie. We know sin is here, but where did sin begin? This is a difficult question. “Man proceeded spotless from God’s hand; therefore, he may not shift the blame for his sins to the Creator" … Continue reading Origin of Sin
“Man proceeded spotless from God’s hand; therefore, he may not shift the blame for his sins to the Creator.” The world is filled with sin. There is absolutely no denying sin’s presence on every channel and in every selfie. We know sin is here, but where did sin begin? This is a difficult question. SUPERNATURAL … Continue reading Origin of Sin
Fake Good News? We hear a lot of news every day, but we always have to ask “is this fake news?” Can we rely on the news media? Can we even rely on ourselves? How can we know what is going on if we can’t see for ourselves? We would find a lot more … Continue reading FAKE NEWS OR GOOD NEWS
Is the church the same thing as the kingdom? Is the church Christ's kingly realm? One of the interesting points of interest in George Eldon Ladd’s work is his distinction between the Kingdom and the church. Ladd acknowledged his position was different than Augustine (New Testament Theology, 103), Augustin (104), and Vos (110). Ladd argued … Continue reading Is the Church Christ’s Kingdom?
The “first day of the week” is Sunday. In the ancient world, it would have been another workday. But for Christians, the first day of the week is a special day on which we gather to participate in the Lord's Supper. Why is it we gather on every first day of the week? Here are … Continue reading Every First Day of the Week?
As you have been “sheltering in place,” what have you been doing? Most of us are struggling with our routines, our goals, and our discipline. We have to be extra careful to be good time managers for God’s glory. The social isolation has forced us to find new ways of talking with people. … Continue reading Calling On the Name of the Lord: the I AM
Are Christians responsible to keep the Old Testament Law? Is there a difference between the ceremonial and moral law? These were the pointed questions which arose in the early church. Christians were sent by their congregations to Jerusalem so they could resolve the question of the Christian’s relationship to the OT. Even though God had … Continue reading Fulfilled: From the Old Testament to the New Testament in Christ and Acts 15
I am ready for the confinement to end. I am ready for the seclusion to be over. I am ready, most of all, to come together with the church. When we are finally able to gather again, what should we do? What should we expect? What should be our focus? WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER Togetherness … Continue reading When We Finally Come Together