Jesus' sacrifice of himself on the cross is one of the richest moments of history. We could never exhaust everything that God accomplished through Christ on the cross. Herman Bavinck helps us out a bit. Bavinck gave offered a helpful list of what Christ has accomplished for his own glory: What Christ acquired by this … Continue reading What Happened When Jesus Died?
It was common for the ancient Greeks, and some of us today, to love idleness. To be involved with physical labor was a sign of the lower classes—to be a servant. But it is for this “work” that Paul praised the Thessalonians before God. But what does “work of faith” mean? The relationship of faith … Continue reading Work of Faith Working
What is your favorite attribute of God? For sinners like you and me, perhaps forgiveness is the most valued of God’s attributes. Forgiveness will unify a congregation, a family, and your view of yourself. A lack of forgiveness will destroy a congregation, a family, and your view of yourself. The only way we can … Continue reading Let it Go!: The freedom of forgiveness
It cannot be denied that sexuality is an expression of personhood. God designed humanity to exist in one of two genders. The male and female genders are complimentary physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Wayne Grudem summarized the implications on human sexuality from God’s creation of humanity in his image when he wrote: “According to God’s original … Continue reading Personhood, Gender, Marriage, and Divine Order
O’Donovan defined morality as “participation in the moral order.” As Christians participate in the culture, they must shine the light of Christ as wisely as possible. This demands that all sinners are addressed with respect as the image bearers of God. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and all need … Continue reading Christian Participation in the Moral Order
Paul approached the scholarly philosophers on Mars Hill to free them from their vain philosophies and introduce them to the true God. He warned the Colossians against falling to vain philosophies (Col. 2:8). Now he worked to free the Epicureans and Stoics from their own error so they could know the true God. The Epicureans … Continue reading THE INTIMIDATING GOD WORTH FINDING
John Locke said: “The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end; and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.” The importance of the inspired text is seen in Moses’ words: “And these words … Continue reading The Sacred Text Message–The Doctrine of Inspiration
"I planted, Apollos watered, and God gave the increase" 1 Corinthians 3:6 We often sing the words "I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing men of sin, Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith in Him." We can look to the Bible to see how God creates saving faith through the Word through His … Continue reading How God Saves
How are the Leftovers? Approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2015. How much did you eat? How much is left in the refrigerator? The leftovers seem to get better every time they are reheated—especially the dressing. Let’s examine the leftovers of life for a moment. BAD … Continue reading How are the Leftovers?
What to do? What to do first? What is most important? What are our priorities? A priority is defined by Webster as "a thing that is regarded as more important than another." Jesus identified his proper priorities when he said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added … Continue reading Priorities