Grace and Repentance…What Wonderful Blessings!

How is the Christian who darkens the church assembly doors every Sunday, sits in the pews, says “Amen” at the appropriate times, sings the hymns, partakes of communion, and gives a weekly offering “deceiving (himself)” if he is one who does much hearing of the pulpit’s message but little applying of it to his life throughout the week?  Answer: there is little to no actual repentance of his sins in this man’s life…and yet he, if asked, would sincerely answer that he is a faithful disciple of Christ because, after all, “I go to church all the time.”  James would say this man is deceiving himself.  David would agree, saying that there is much “deceit” in his “spirit,” specifically deceit aimed at himself. … Read More Grace and Repentance…What Wonderful Blessings!

Things to Keep in Mind About God’s Grace

God doesn’t want to destroy us.  He wants to save us.  That’s grace.  His mercy is the beginning, the middle, and the end.  Grace is not us and God as partners in a three-legged race with God saying, “You do the best you can and I’ll make up what you lack.”  Grace is God picking us up and taking us where we need to be.  Without His grace and mercy there is no life, no Christ, no cross, no gospel, no salvation, and no heaven for you or me.  Grace is a gift, and all we have, are, or ever can be is a gift from God.… Read More Things to Keep in Mind About God’s Grace

Hebrews: Work Hard For Peace, Holiness, and Grace

How does one strive to become more holy and pure? It starts with continual, prayerful study of God’s Word with an honest and good heart (Psalm 1:1-3; Luke 8:15). It continues with the decision to obey the gospel one reads of in the Scriptures through whole-hearted faith, repentance, and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 3:19; 2:38; 22:16). It continues on with continual study, instruction, and obedience to God’s Word (1 Peter 2:1-3).… Read More Hebrews: Work Hard For Peace, Holiness, and Grace