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Do We Really Trust Jesus?

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In chapter three of Peter’s first epistle he wrote to wives and husbands. Why would he think he needed to write to all the churches in the five Roman provinces mentioned in the first chapter about the duties of wives and husbands? Were families under attack? Was this the fiery trial he spoke of in chapter four? Well, I suppose this could be the case, but I believe it would be very unlikely that the families of Messianic believers were singled out by a particular enemy, during the first century AD to be attacked and destroyed. Peter told the believers that the trial they were experiencing was not a strange thing (1Peter 4:12). Rather, their faith was under fire (1Peter 1:7). If Peter was using a metaphor when writing to wives and husbands, what did he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Gospel

 

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Endurance is the Key to Victory!

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Thus far in James’ epistle we have seen that he had pointed to a great trial that had come upon the churches in the Diaspora sometime after Paul’s imprisonment. Paul had warned the brethren when he was with them that the man of sin would be restrained, until he (Paul) was taken out of the way (2Thessalonians 2:7). The “mystery of iniquity” or the secret (plan) of wickedness was already working, but Paul was able to keep it at bay while he was free. Now, however, he was in prison, and no man had the clout Paul had with the churches in Greece and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Gospel

 

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How Did You Come to Know Jesus?

Jesus tells us in the Scriptures that we have not chosen him, but he has chosen us (John 15:16)! He goes on to say that no one can actually come to him unless the Father draws him (John 6:44), implying that we are unable to come to Jesus on our own. In other words, our coming to know Jesus is really a supernatural event. We may respond, but our response itself is prompted by God (Ephesians 2:4-10) So, how is it that you have come to know Jesus? Have you ever really asked yourself this question? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Christmas

 

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The Price of Obedience

Have you ever had to explain yourself to someone who didn’t believe you? Though you were innocent of all accusations leveled at you, no one would believe your explanation. It is not difficult to understand the predicament Mary was in, once she consented to Gabriel’s announcement that she would bring Christ to the world. Can you visualize what Mary’s friends thought when she returned from her three-month stay with Elizabeth? What was her family’s reaction, and what about Joseph? The fact is Mary put everything on the line—her hopes for the future, her reputation—in fact all her relationships were affected by her choice to receive the life of Jesus within her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Christianity

 

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The Three Tenses of Salvation

The Scriptures reveal there are three phases of our salvation. Our salvation has a past, a present, and a future. Ephesians 2:5 says Christ saved me in the past. I had nothing to do with this area of my salvation, because I was dead in my sins. In other words, I was spiritually dead, and a dead person cannot do anything, think anything or say anything. I was helpless and hopeless, until Christ died for me on the cross, reconciling me to God (2Corinthians 5:14-19). This is the past tense of salvation. I have been saved period. I did nothing to accomplish it, and I can do nothing to destroy it. In the past I have been saved from the penalty due my sins (Romans 6:23), once and for all time, by the death of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Universal Salvation

 

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Jesus is Alive!

Years ago those who doubted the Gospel came up with several arguments against the resurrection. The critics imagined stories ranging from the women and everyone else went to the wrong gravesite to Jesus simply fainted on the cross and actually didn’t die at all but later revived in the tomb, moved the stone and overcame or eluded the guards. The arguments are pretty much ridiculous, and the best one, although it is very weak, is that the Apostles stole the body of Jesus, and it is the argument used by unbelievers in the New Testament. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Resurrection of Jesus

 

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