Category Archives: Gospel

Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

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Expect the unexpected with God

Here is an occasion when people say, “It can’t be done” or “He’s too far gone.” But remember to expect the unexpected with God! Don’t be surprised when the predictable gives way to the unpredictable! Stand in humble awe at the ways of God! Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Christian life, Christianity, Glorify God, God, God's Patience, God's Heart, God's Love, God's Will, Gospel, Grace, Mercy, Salvation, Wisdom | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Judgment according to works?

How do we reconcile works based judgment with the fact that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Continue reading

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Troubled dust, but dust that dreams

Rest securely and confidently in what God has done for you in Christ! And remind yourself often that…. Continue reading

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What did Jesus teach about entering heaven?

Is there a difference between the way you invite people to receive salvation from God and the way Jesus did? Is there consistency from the gospels through the epistles regarding how one is to be reconciled to God and assured of heaven? Continue reading

Posted in Afraid to die, Afterlife, Assurance, Eternal life, Eternal security, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel, Heaven, Jesus Christ, Reconciliation, Religion-not the answer, Repentance, Salvation, Teaching, Teaching of Jesus | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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The therapeutic gospel

A growing number of pastors are inviting people to come to Jesus on terms that are not consistent with our Lord’s own invitations to follow him. Are we bending and twisting the gospel around the felt needs and expectations of a self-absorbed culture? Continue reading

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