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05JAN 2013

Love

     Love is for the mature. St. Paul describes love as an absolutely indispensable part of the Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 he speaks of it as the greatest of the great. It is a gift that Scripture says has been shed abroad in our hearts by God, Romans 5:5. After all of……..[Read More]

31DEC 2012

A Question About the Word of Faith Religion

  On 20 Dec, Jennifer C. Asked:        Her question is abbreviated here. She had read my letters on the Word of Faith Religion and, though in agreement with most of it, took respectful issue with my inclusion of one name I had cited. Commenting, she wrote: "…The shocker was when I read……..[Read More]

25DEC 2012

Struggling Together

       Merry Christmas from sunny central Florida! I went running today in shorts and a T-shirt! Crazy! As God continues to sanctify me in love, I’m continually reminded of just how much my sin has affected me. I desperately wish to give myself to the church and the world, and to be a……..[Read More]

17DEC 2012

Evil

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? –Epicurus (341-270 B.C.).      It’s a question that needs……..[Read More]

09DEC 2012

Delighting in Christ

       “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart,” Psalm 40:8. Can you say this of yourself, dear reader? When no one’s looking? When you’re not in church, when your Christian friend(s) isn’t/aren’t around, when you’re sitting on your toilet and no one else (hopefully) is there,……..[Read More]

01DEC 2012

Always Reforming

       There’s a lesson that’s been of real comfort to me during this past year that I hope will be of comfort to you as well. It was first brought to my attention as I studied Corinthians some time ago and then applied it to my life. The lesson is that the church……..[Read More]

25NOV 2012

God Will Finish What He Starts

       To the saints in Philippi Paul wrote of his, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6. Many people have asked, even recently, about what a Christian does with his or her sin after……..[Read More]

18NOV 2012

Our Eternal God And Savior

       There is no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t believe that Jesus is God. Trinity is essential. Last weekend was a weekend of cults or, at the very least, semi-cults for me. I was ordained the privilege to speak of Christ with a Seventh Day Adventist on Thursday, a Mormon on……..[Read More]

09NOV 2012

The Progress of Faith

       God wants contrite people. Scripture says, “…On this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word,” Isaiah 66:2. Contrition is a healthy, reverential fear bred by wisdom in those who know and love God. The Hebrew word nakeh that’s translated as “Contrite” here in……..[Read More]

04NOV 2012

Our Strength for the Fight

       Christianity and Satanism are the only valid religions on earth. All others are false in the most fundamental way. Please understand that by calling Satanism valid I’m not saying that it’s ok, approved by God or good. All I mean is that when an informed Satanist “prays” they really do know the……..[Read More]

28OCT 2012

All of the Attributes of God Are Perfect, Even His Hate

       God is perfect in every way. God is perfect in His hatred for the wicked. God hates sin. The perfection of God was once defined by Ravi Zacharias as follows: “God is the only being in existence whose reason for existence is within Himself.” God never changes. Things only change because they’re……..[Read More]

20OCT 2012

The Beggarly God

       By the methodologies and worldly theologies of many rock star leaders in churches today, Jesus has been reduced to a bare minimum. Christianity has been reduced to a set of truths necessary to get to heaven when you die, and not necessarily intimate discipleship under God. Altar calls by the thousands carelessly……..[Read More]

14OCT 2012

What Is He To You?

       The Muslims call the Christian faith a blasphemous lie. They say that calling Jesus the Son of God is an insult to God. Surah 4:171; 5:72-75, et al. They deny the Trinity and say that Christians will be in hell. A Mohammedan fails to find in Jesus a nature worthy of adoration……..[Read More]

08OCT 2012

Reflections on the Gift of Faith

       A solid understanding of all that we rightly call “salvation” is that regeneration (a precise term) precedes everything of spiritual good in a Christian’s life. Regeneration is what being “born again” is. Until a man is born again he cannot truly follow Jesus, John 3:3-8.      I very recently listened again……..[Read More]

30SEP 2012

A Question about Justification and its Effects

  On 25 Sep, Elvin P. Asked,        “…Doesn’t the Protestant doctrine of a justification which is by faith alone lead a man to live in any way he chooses? When someone believes they’re completely forgiven, doesn’t it make them lazy or presumptuous upon God’s mercy?”   Response:    "Come and hear, all you who……..[Read More]

22SEP 2012

Fasting

       Immediately after Jesus’ water baptism the Bible says He was, “…Led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil,” Matthew 4:1. Reading on it says that He, "…Fasted forty days and forty nights…” Matthew 4:2. Forty days in a desert without food or water! I’ve never been to Israel, but men have……..[Read More]

16SEP 2012

A Question About Infants Who Die

On 15 Sep, Chad W. asked:      “What is the Biblical response on the subject of where a child, infant or stillborn goes if they die?”   Response:      Bottom line up front, dear brother: The Bible does not give us a definitive answer. The answer is, however, proffered in several ways, and that……..[Read More]

15SEP 2012

A Message from Leviticus

       Many people begin reading the Bible with a lot of zeal. Genesis is often quickly devoured. Exodus is pretty good. It’s at Leviticus that people often give up. The reason is because its contents are very foreign to us. All of the ceremonial ritualism, rites performed by the priests and its other……..[Read More]

08SEP 2012

Miracles and Providence

       The illustrious power to perform miracles is a legacy that should be protected in the church. It’s no show. Those who truly performed them were from God, John 3:2; 9:32-33. There is a difference between God’s providence in our lives and miracles. I want to make the proper distinction in my own……..[Read More]

02SEP 2012

The Casting of Lots

       In explaining the sovereignty of God with people I sometimes use an analogy of Mt. Everest. I want people to understand that while I can indeed proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God from the Bible, I myself still remain in awe of it. God remains far beyond my imagination in every way.……..[Read More]

25AUG 2012

Two great acts

              In the Scriptures the two greatest deliverances that God performed were the Exodus of the Old Testament and Christ’s work on Calvary in the New Testament. The first was a type. The second was the anti-type.   Both were perfectly accomplished. Both were to be remembered perpetually. Both were done while the people……..[Read More]

19AUG 2012

By grace alone

       Due to several recent discussions and debates I’ve had this month, I’ve again been pouring over the doctrines of election in Scripture. I once hated the Biblical idea of God’s sovereignty. I detested any theology that taught that God decides who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. Reader, I can……..[Read More]

11AUG 2012

Help Thou my un-hiddenness

       Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet and man of all those who’d gone before him, Luke 7:28. What a tribute! In Israel, John was sent ahead of Jesus to fulfill his predestined role in redemptive history, Malachi 3:1; cf. Matthew 11:10. He was sent to call the nation to repentance……..[Read More]