The Shack?

One of the more popular religious books and movies to be released lately has been "The Shack." The Shack is a theodicy (an attempt to explain why God allows evil and pain) in novel form. We are thankful for a renewed interest in films with spiritual backgrounds, but we hope to have accurate representations of … Continue reading The Shack?

Lord, Help Me to Trust You–Salvation by Faith

Trust is the root of faith and the basis of our religion and life. We must learn to trust Him. We strive not just to trust him more, but to trust him completely. Mark 9 records a wonderful illustration of growing trust in Jesus. When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large … Continue reading Lord, Help Me to Trust You–Salvation by Faith

What Does it Mean to Be a Believer?

Leon Morris described Romans 3:21-22 this way, "In what is possibly the most important single paragraph ever written, Paul brings out something of the grandeur of Christ’s saving work. He speaks of the righteousness of God, the sin of man, and the salvation of Christ. He views this salvation in three ways: as justification (imagery from … Continue reading What Does it Mean to Be a Believer?

The Ministry of the Word

Professor Dumbledore said, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” Words used powerfully and beautifully made J.K. Rowling a best selling author. But God's words are infinitely more important. Remember what the Bible says about God's word. In the beginning was the Word--John … Continue reading The Ministry of the Word

EMPOWERING GRACE

"By the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10). The favors of God so far exceed human hope and expectation, that often they are not believed. For God has bestowed upon us such things as the mind of man never looked for, never thought of. It is for this reason that … Continue reading EMPOWERING GRACE

Give Me the Bible

Give me the Bible– holy message shining, Thy light shall guide me in the narrow way. Precept and promise, law and love combining, ‘Til night shall vanish in eternal day. We love the Bible. We love the Bible because of its author—2 Timothy 3:16. We love the Bible because it connects us with its author—1 … Continue reading Give Me the Bible

Holy Ambitions

  Ambition for worldly prizes is attractive but vain. Jesus said, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20).  God commends holy ambitions. God’s people are to look for every opportunity to “abound … Continue reading Holy Ambitions

An Exegetical-Theological Study of the Role of Trinity in the Plan of Redemption  as Revealed in 1 Peter 1.2-12

  The work of the Trinity in the salvation of sinners is one of the most significant, if not the single most important, themes of Christian thought.  In a study of this focus, the theologian confronts the errors of Calvinism and the truth of Scripture.  This is a beneficial study which, at some level, must … Continue reading An Exegetical-Theological Study of the Role of Trinity in the Plan of Redemption  as Revealed in 1 Peter 1.2-12

How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

St. Paul's Bay is beautiful. Wouldn't it have been something to walk with Paul on the shoreline? But that's not exactly how the story goes. The final segment of the book of Acts records quite a struggle. Paul is arrested for preaching Christ in chapter 21. He then is tried before the Roman tribune, the … Continue reading How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

Freedom from Sin Through Grace, Propitiation, and Faith

The words of Romans 3:19-20 are all too clear. “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified … Continue reading Freedom from Sin Through Grace, Propitiation, and Faith