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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 1:4 – And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. (NKJV)The Apostle writes “these things” in 1st John that “your joy may be full” (v.1.4). What things is he writing?Full joy comes from fellowship with God, walking in the light. (1.5-7) Full joy comes from confessing our sin (1.9) Full joy comes from having Jesus as our Defender (2.1) Full joy comes with knowing God; evidenced by our obedience and love(2.3-11) Full joy… for who? Who can attain it? Pastors? Super Christians? Older Christians? Who is John writing to? Starting in 2.12 the Apostle identifies three stages of the Christian walk to which he writes “these things” […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV) 1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who […]
A Reader Asks: If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved, can they lose their salvation …
Question:If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved, can they lose their salvation if they sin? In other words will they go to hell if they slip and say a curse word, or lie or gossip? Answer:This question is indicative of a couple misunderstandings, and addresses one of the most contentious disagreements that Christians have had since the New Testament was written. So let’s take a look at each part of the question. “If a person has received Christ as their personal savior and is now saved”The phrase “receive Christ as personal Savior” is not found in Scripture. While that doesn’t necessarily make it wrong, it should cause us to evaluate such a widespread use of it. Jesus and […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Jude 21: keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (NKJV) I was talking with my beautfiul wife the other day about eternity. Sometimes the whole idea of forever just takes over my mind and I get consumed with trying to comprend it.Just as surely as I spend some time trying to grasp the idea of “eternity”, it naturally turns my mind towards what heaven will be like, bringing on a sense of incredible expectation. Likewise, it forces me to think about the reality of hell and face a shuddering fear considering what hell will be like including the most scary fact of […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV) It’s been over two months since I wrote a part of this series. Hope you didn’t give up on me… let’s continue. A basic principle of Christian living is to never play favorites. Never show partiality. Never. What does that mean? Here’s what it doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean you can’t have some friends that are closer than others. It doesn’t mean you can’t “like” someone more than someone else. It doesn’t mean you can’t do something nice for someone that you can’t do for everyone. It means that you do not count one person AS MORE VALUABLE […]
Question:What verses in the Bible talks about “praying for the dead”? Answer:There aren’t any.It is a Catholic practice supported only by one verse (2 Maccabees 12:44) found in the Aprocryha which Protestants do not recognize as canonical. The Catholic Encyclopedia states the following:“There is no clear and explicit warrant for prayers for the dead in the Scriptures recognized by Protestants as canonical.”The Catholic Encyclopedia is correct.“Praying for the dead” is wholly a Catholic practice “authorized” by their church tradition and council, not the Word of God. PS: WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR ME? Ask here. Want to book me for preaching, speaking or business consulting? Go here. If you are blessed by what I write, would you be so kind to share this post with […]
The privileges of being God’s child and what we cannot do without Jesus O Mighty God Illumine my heart to know that Your grace is everlasting; coming before, during and after my salvation; It sustains my redeemed spirit so that nothing can break me away from You. Flowing from the cross of Your beloved Son, rivers of grace flow to me and, Pays for my sin; washes me white as snow. Regenerates my heart; strengthens my weak flesh. Creates in me a love for You; inflames my passion to serve You. Saturates my entire spirit; Making every act, thought and responsibility sacred.And teaches me a little more each day about Your immeasurable love. How marvelous is the privilege and blessing of being in Jesus Christ! […]
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