Category: Christian Life

Grace Faith Christ Alone?

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Is it true that a person can really be saved simply by “grace through faith in Christ alone,” or is there something I also must do? This is critical, seeing that, if grace is not enough, then all who are relying on it are actually lost. Contrariwise, if we are also relying on something of ourselves and it is by grace alone, then all these people are still lost in their sins! So what is the truth? Let us find out!

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God Loves You Anyway!

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Think of this, that from eternity past, God knew all about you. He knew where you would be born. He knew what your name would be. Yes, and He also knew all the sinful things you would do. He knew all the things you would say against Him. Indeed, He even knew that in our pride, that some of us would try to obey our way into Heaven, and that some of us would want nothing to do with Him at all! Yet, despite all this, God gave up His beloved Son in whom He delighted to the cross! Indeed, Jesus willingly gave Himself to the gruesome death upon a cross for you in light of all this! There He willingly took the wrath of God for your sin – all of it! With a certainty, this is love of the highest calibre! For scarcely will a person lay down their lives for a nice person, but Jesus laid down His life for rebellious sinners like us! This is nothing less than amazing grace!

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Why Law and Grace?

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So often Law and grace are pitted against each other! Yet, both come from God. So, just how does all this work? Am I to obey the Law? Does sin matter if grace is the answer? Then again, could it be that we are to balance law and grace? Indeed there is a correct answer, so let us dig into this and sort it all out!

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Revival

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Do we as Christians truly want revival to come? Do we truly understand the desperate need for revival in the church? Heed carefully then these words, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) In like kind, James 4:9-10 says, “Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Is this message what the church wants to hear today? No, it likely is not. However, it is a most needful message! Let us be reminded of the account given in King Josiah’s day, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.” (Romans 15:4) So then, at that time the temple had been neglected and the Word of God, the Law, forgotten. Now when King Josiah came to power, he wanted the temple restored. Therefore, while all this was going on, we read, “Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD’…And Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded… ‘Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book.” (2 Chronicles 34:15, 18-21)

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Victory Over Sin

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Feel like sin has the upper hand in your life? Like it has you under its control? Been there! So there are three things we want to look at now: how to be free from being a slave of sin, victory over sin in the Christian life, and growing in the faith.

 

So, if you’re tired of this war with sin in your life, hang on, there is hope!

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Living Sacrifice

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Have you considered, my brothers and sisters in Christ, after all God has done for you, will you now live out the remainder of your life in selfish pursuits? Have you ever pondered whether God is calling you to give yourself up for His cause? Have you thought about these words? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Are we still determining what we want to do with our lives, and then seeking God’s blessing on it? Have you reflected on this verse that says God has plans for you that He prepared in advance for you to walk in? Perhaps it is time to stop looking out for “#1”! That is, looking out for our own comforts and begin to serve others in whatever capacity God is calling us to! Listen to these words in light of all that God has already done for us, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers [and sisters], by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)

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Being Judgemental

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Are we as Christians to make judgements? Is it okay to voice disapproval? So often today we hear the refrain, “Don’t be judgemental!” This, when we express ourselves in a way that does not agree with the person we’re in discussion with. So, just where do we draw the line? Is it okay to make our disapproval known when a student makes a mistake in their work? What if a person has a lifestyle of being a thief? Are we free to verbalize our objection, or are we being judgemental if we do? What about our beliefs? Do we have liberty to disagree with others, or must we keep our opinions and beliefs to ourselves? Are we to be silent, or is it okay to speak up and say something when we believe someone is out of line? Is it fine to speak with conviction? What does the Bible have to say as to this subject at hand? Let’s take a look!

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Does Sin Have Consequences?

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Indeed, we ought to understand that the unsaved person is going to meet with drastic consequences for their sin, but what about the Christian? Now that we are “under grace,” does this mean that we can sin without any repercussions? Does God only “smile down” upon the Christian now, or are there still consequences for our actions? Further to this, do Christians still sin and then have to be forgiven for those sins? These are all important questions, and we need to grapple with them and come to a conclusion on this! So let’s get to it!

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