What produces repentance that leads to salvation? “Godly grief” or “godly sorrow” over one’s sins. Not worldly sorrow over our sins, but godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow over sin is comparable to the thief who isn’t sorry he stole, but is terribly sorry he’s going to jail. Godly sorrow would have the thief, regardless of whether he’s caught, truly sorrowful that he stole in the first place. That’s because he feels the same kind of sorrow and grief over his sins that God feels.… Read More My Thoughts on “Performing Deeds In Keeping With Repentance”
If those people long ago could build a tower for the wrong reasons and succeed until it took an act of God to stop them, what can we accomplish as children of God working for the right reasons? Let’s work together so the work of the Lord can go forward!… Read More My Thoughts on the Tower of Babel
Many believe they can be faithful in the sight of God without following the Bible. Yet when the psalmist had “chosen the way of faithfulness,” he “set (God’s) rules before” him (v. 30). He clung to the Lord’s testimonies (v. 31), ran in the way of His commandments (v. 32), and asked God repeatedly to teach him “the way of your statutes” and give him understanding in order to keep His law (vs. 33-34). We rightly cite Paul’s words in Romans about how faith comes from hearing God’s Word (Rom. 10:17), but Psalms 119 shows us exactly how God wants us to hear His Word and the type of faith He wants it to produce. Christians, are we like the psalmist?… Read More My Thoughts on Psalm 119
The inspired apostle gave Christians a very serious warning when he wrote to Corinth centuries ago (1 Cor. 10:12). Oh, how relevant that warning continually proves to be when we are honest with ourselves! Oh, but how easy it is to forget this warning or unconsciously allow ourselves to downplay it!… Read More My Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 10:12
When peace, unity, true love, and encouragement exist in the local church, the lost soul looking for the hope and salvation found only in Jesus will be drawn to you. The new convert will not lose his zeal, and you and your fellow Christians will have your batteries recharged, ready once again to live for Christ in this dark world. Look around you next Sunday during worship and remember that you need these precious, like-minded brethren…and they need you.… Read More Christians, We Need Each Other!
It is easy to make things all about you. In fact, that’s one’s natural inclination. Selfishness, being focused on self, being interested first and foremost in self before anyone else…we start out that way as infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers and many, perhaps most, of us never really grow into someone better.
Christianity requires us to be different.… Read More My Thoughts on Denying Self
Jesus warned that riches could — and in many cases, would — become a great distraction and keep us from becoming what God would have us to be (Lk. 8:14). This was true for Old Testament Israel. Moses warned them that their prosperity might cause them to give themselves rather than God the credit for their good fortune and turn away from serving Him, resulting ultimately in their own destruction as a nation. It is true for us today as well.… Read More My Thoughts on a Divine Warning Given to a Nation
All of us suffer. Sometimes we might want to blame God. This woman encourages me to do the opposite. She reminds me that I must look upwards to God and look forward to heaven. My home is not here in the land of war, turmoil, strife, and high housing and gas prices. There is something better waiting (Rom. 8:18). … Read More My Thoughts on Christ’s Healing of the Woman With the Blood Issue
If I was told after my conversion that salvation was not only mine, but it would always be mine NO MATTER WHAT, well, that would make it quite easy for me, wouldn’t it? If salvation will always be mine NO MATTER WHAT, why inconvenience myself by trying to do what is right and repent whenever I do wrong?… Read More My Thoughts on “Once Saved, Always Saved”