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Monday, 11 June 2018 15:19

Grace, Sin, & Divine Punishment

One of the most significant personal transformations in my Christian life occurred as I began to understand how much God loved me, how unconditional that love was (grace), and the personal value it provided me. In fact, it takes real supernatural strength in our “inner man” to be strong enough to begin to measure the dimensions of God’s love for us (Ephesians 3:16-19).  The strength of our sonship ...

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Earlier, I offered the first part of a simple test to help us determine whether the gospel message we’re trusting in is the same gospel that Jesus revealed and Paul preached. It’s a simple test. The first two questions were: Does this gospel cause me to fix my eyes exclusively on Jesus? And Does this gospel increase my dependence on Jesus? This article addresses the last two questions. If your answers to the four questions are all yes, then rejoice, for you are living on pure, undiluted grace!

3. Does this gospel empower me to overcome sin?  There are two ways to deal with sin; (1) preach law or (2) reveal grace. A law-based message will stir up the flesh in a human-powered quest for a change in behavior. This approach is inherently flawed - for the purpose of the law is to...

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I once heard a preacher say. “80 to 90% of Christians are unacquainted with the gospel of grace.” That estimate is probably not far off the mark as evidenced by the large numbers of believers who are still trying to earn what God has freely given them. If you were to ask these people about grace they would declare, “Yes, I am saved by grace! I thank God for His grace!” But by their works they testify that God’s grace is still not enough. Grace may have gotten them started, but now it’s up to them to finish. Having begun with the Spirit they are now trying to attain their goal by human effort (Gal 3:3). Instead of working out what it means to be saved, they are working hard to stay saved.

How does this happen? Usually someone tells them that God won’t accept them or bless them or be pleased with them unless they perform for Jesus. Dead religious works are sold...


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:51

Embracing the Scandal of Love

Today’s western culture loves a good scandal. Entire genres of television cash in on our appetite for scandal – including soap operas and most reality shows. Scandal even drives much our 24/7 news cycle and plays a role in shaping our perception of reality about the world at large and our own lives at home.

Scandal sells, in part because it captures our individual sense of guilty shame and projects it at a safe distance onto the lives of the real (or fake) folks on television or in the news stories. Few of us need someone to ... 

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:01

The Grace Window

Our nation is in one of the greatest battles in her existence.  We have survived the revolution, the civil war and other world conflicts over the years.  Each one has demonstrated the strength of commitment to a cause and the innate desire for freedom.  This not a commentary on the pros and cons of war, but we are currently engaged in one whether we want to be or not.  You and I were put on the planet for such a time as this, because you and I have the opportunity to win another battle for freedom.

In 1990 a man named Luis Bush began a movement to pray for the 10/40 window.  This is the area of the world that is known to great socioeconomic challenges and the least amount of Christian influence.  There are more distinctly non-christian religions that are practiced in that part of the globe than in any other. So, that region became ...

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