Category Archives: Religion-not the answer

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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Cold, self-righteous prigs

“…a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute.” Continue reading

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Essential to your walk with God

Salvation is what God did for me by His grace, not what I do to try to keep myself worthy of His grace. Continue reading

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God of the vulnerable

“What a contrast. We see God, the most potent and self-sufficient Power imaginable, continually expressing profound concern for the least potent and self-sufficient — the orphan in distress.” 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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A closer look at repentance

Repentance is not merely feeling bad about our sins. Repentance is sorrow for what we are in our deepest beings…. Continue reading

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Audio series – The Master Teacher

Journey with me to learn from the Master Teacher in this 11 part audio series! Continue reading

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Difficult times

More and more people even in the Church are viewing God as one who ought to secure the good life for them. They think that God should respond to whatever is asked of him or risk disappointment from them. 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

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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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