A Personal Letter From God

Dear Son, I am writing to tell you what took place when you joined my family.  Do you remember when I offered you forgiveness and by faith you accepted it?(1)  At that very moment you were placed into Christ and your sin was completely forgiven and you were made righteous.(2)  I mean all sin, past, present and future.  As a matter of fact I removed your sin from you as far as the east is from...

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Christianity, Biblical or Traditonal?

For some it may seem heretical to even raise this question, however, the Scriptures admonish us to, “test all things and hold on to what is good” (1st Thess. 5:21). Additionally, we are encouraged to evaluate what we are taught in our churches. Acts 17:11 is an account of the early church carefully evaluating what Paul taught. In this verse, the Bereans are commended for...

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A Fresh Look at the Gospels

From time to time it is helpful to revisit and reevaluate our most basic theological suppositions. A myriad of books, tapes, sermons, Sunday School classes, Bible studies and retreats, often have the unfortunate effect of encumbering our faith. The sheer volume of information from well meaning, but fallible human sources, inevitably leads to a mixture of truth and error. While this is not...

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Totally Forgiven

We enthusiastically tell the world that if they receive Jesus, all their sin with be forgiven and God will remember it no more. In fact when we surrender our life to Jesus, the record that would have condemned us has been erased. The Father can do that because of the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross. Some people even proclaim it with a bumper sticker that reads; “Christians...

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Getting Back to Jesus Alone

When you can’t remember, the twenty-two characteristics of a good husband or wife, the nine ways of love, the seven steps of appeal to authority, the eight things to do when you are worried, the four spiritual laws or the eight spiritual flaws, it is time to get back to Jesus alone… When you don’t know if you should sit at His feet, walk in a manner worthy of His call, stand in...

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Thoughts on a Core Group

We often talk about relationships but rarely take time to understand and improve them. True fellowship and intimate, nurturing relationships cannot be experienced sitting with a large number of people on a church pew. We say, “Good-morning” but rarely get personal. That only happens when we meet with a smaller community of like-minded people. Let’s talk about how to go deeper...

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