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Words We take for Granted (Part 3)

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For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21

What did Jesus come to do? I can tell you that He didn’t come to give you your best life now, or to give you some purpose in life. Jesus came to do this one thing - to please the Father. Look at how Paul starts this verse by saying “He (Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us (You, me). How does that make you feel? How’s that for a purpose? I say that because we are (the entire whole world), by nature: deceitful, lovers of self, haters of God, blasphemers, prideful, disobedient, lustful, covetous, and just downright wicked. If you disagree with me, I suggest you read the first three chapters of the Book of Romans, because what I just explained about our natural state is written down clearly for all to see by the apostle Paul.
Once you have read those chapters, you will be amazed and humbled by the next word that is often taken for granted. It’s the word “i…

Sound Doctrine; Sound Words

What Is Your Goal in Life?

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What is the prize that we are all trying to pursue?That in all of the chaos, confusion, all of the numerous of options, and the complexity of contemporary Christianity. What is your goal in life? Is it to fulfill self, or is it to live for the glory of God? Eric Liddell a Scottish Athlete During the summer of 1924. The Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. Liddell was a committed Christian and refused to race on Sunday, with the consequence that he was forced to withdraw from the 100 metres race, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision was made well before the Games began. Liddell spent the intervening months training for the 400 meter, an event in which he had previously excelled. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected. The day of 400 meters race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me I…

Shipwreck by Starfield

Please Don't Go

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While I was at work today something was burdening my heart and grieving my spirit. It was the issue of Hell! The Bible describes Hell as REAL and that it will be a literal place of: torment, everlasting punishment, everlasting fire, outer darkness, and worst of all separation from a holy God “these shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” 2 Thess 1:9. When are we going to grow up, or take this issue seriously as Christians? When are we going speak to others about this terrible place that is reserved for Satan and his followers?
I say all this because at work today I found out that a co-worker had lost her daughter at the precious age of sixteen as a result of an accident the girl had with her horse. What’s even worse, from my understanding of her life, she was not a Christian. This was a young lady who was not saved by His gift of grace, which means this beautiful young girl who was full of life is now spending an ete…

Words We take for Granted (Part 2)

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For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:10

You stand in a courtroom filled with an angry mob of people who are swearing, throwing things and spitting at you. A door opens and the room goes silent as the jury enters the room after spending some time looking over the evidence. The judge says “Has the jury reached a verdict?” the jury says “Yes, we have your honor. We the jury find you, Mike Andrews, guilty of the crimes committed against the traditions of our postmodern world.” The judge looks down at you in disgust and says, “Michael Andrews, I hereby sentence you to death for the crimes that you have committed against our traditions and our way of life”. You fall to the ground as tears stream down your face, devastated by the events that just took place as they take you back to your cell for the very last time. You begin pacing back and forth in your tiny cell because you…

The Evangelical Abomination

Words We take for Granted (Part1)

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“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” 1 John 2:2

I read an e-mail recently that I had received from the President of the FEBC, and it really made me think about how easily we overlook the importance of certain words used in scripture. For example: propitiation, substitution, imputation, reconciliation, sovereignty, election, grace, humility, forgiveness and baptism, just to name a few. I would like to take the time to address each subject with humility and grace with the help of our Lord because it’s only through Him that we find wisdom. So let’s go to the scriptures to find the answer to these very important words.
Propitiation, do we really understand the implication and meaning of this word? What is John saying? He is saying that without Jesus we are one breath away from facing the wrath of a holy God; all because of this word propitiation. The word is translated from the Greek (hilasterion), meaning "that which exp…

John Piper is Bad

Can I Know for Certain?

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Jesus displays many truths of Eternal Security for the genuine believer in John's Gospel chapter 10:27-30. Assurance: (means) The work of God which guarantee's that the gift of salvation, once received is possessed FOREVER and cannot be lost.. Its a Firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certain expectation; the utmost certainty.“... Let us draw near with full assurance...” (Heb 10). Why is that so hard to take or understand this doctrine of truth? I work with a man back home who believed in the sovereignty of God with one hand, and with the other he would say their is no such thing as eternal security for the believer. Where does a person go from such a high view of God to such a low view of God. My only guess is a lack of Bible knowledge and understanding. I am hear today to tell you! that my friend and all those who doubt eternal security that they have been deceived by their own understanding. The Bible says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,…