Is Jesus REALLY Our Top Priority? Let’s Assess…

Brethren, our actions speak louder than our words. What consistently comes out of us in the form of our deeds speaks very loudly as to the true condition of our hearts (Mark 7:20-23). When we far more easily find delight and interest in topics other than the Bible and eagerly spend far more time focused on those things than on the Word, let’s not fool ourselves.… Read More Is Jesus REALLY Our Top Priority? Let’s Assess…

The Problem With Calvinism’s Doctrine of Unconditional Election

Any serious student of the Bible is familiar with the numerous warnings found within its pages. We are warned about Satan and his deceptions (1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 4:27; 6:11; James 4:7). We are warned to avoid sin in order to avoid eternal punishment in hell (Matt. 5:22, 29-30). Christians are warned about the possibility of losing their salvation through unrepentant sin (Heb. 10:26-31). However, if Calvin is correct and God unconditionally elects some of mankind to be saved, then why would any of these warnings be in the Bible? Why would God tell those whom he has already chosen to be unconditionally saved to be on the alert for Satan?… Read More The Problem With Calvinism’s Doctrine of Unconditional Election

Why Did…Does…Jesus Offend People?

This week I’ve written and thought about how Jesus was both a very loving and very direct person.  Was His directness that offended many and prompted the hatred and opposition He and His followers experienced…and still experience today? I would answer in the affirmative…but only so far. There was a deeper reason, and that reason remains foundational to the opposition pure, unadulterated Christianity faces throughout the world today.
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Jesus Was Very Loving

I cannot fathom the amount of love the Son of God must have for you and me to the point that He would leave Heaven — equality with God — to live a life as a frail man surrounded by frail and sinful man and subject Himself to a lifetime of temptations to sin.  But He did…and He did it so that you and I could “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).… Read More Jesus Was Very Loving

Following Jesus Requires Taking Genesis Literally

Think about it. If Jesus had not lived a sinless life, then dying on the cross would have accomplished nothing.  He would not have been our propitiation and Savior by doing so, because God required a sinless sacrifice. Yet in order to live a sinless life, Jesus had have always told the truth.  Always (1 Pet. 1:22).  If there was any dishonesty coming out of his mouth…ever…then he would not longer be sinless and thus not our Savior.  That would make the Christian religion as a whole a sham and meaningless. With this in mind, consider what Jesus said about the events recorded in the book of Genesis.… Read More Following Jesus Requires Taking Genesis Literally

The Importance of Fellowship

And even more importantly, work together in furthering the Lord’s cause.  Join each other in having Bible studies with the lost and reaching out to them through various outreach methods like door knocking, social media, writing cards, delivering “welcome to the neighborhood” baskets to newcomers in the community, etc.  After all, fellowship (koinonia in Greek) means “partnership.”  Be partners with each other and partners with God in the work of his Son’s church. … Read More The Importance of Fellowship