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  •  There is a group (I'll call them "PD's") who will tell you that Paul's writings are valid for today -- for the Church -- as opposed to the Gospels, James, John, the Old Testament, Hebrews ... well, any other author in Scripture. Those are not valid for today. They don't give…
    December 12, 2018
  •  Look around. Things get crazy these days. Yes, I know, those darn liberals are out of control. The feminists and leftists and abortionists and ... you know, all "them" guys ... they're just not right. But even in Christendom it's wacky. There's a big-name, well-known, well-loved guy in Houston…
    December 5, 2018
  • In America the standard is "free speech." It's everywhere. Is Facebook wrong for throttling "free speech" for users or is it absolutely right for blocking what it deems "hate speech"? Should universities allow "free speech" on their campuses or should they be "safe spaces"?…
    November 28, 2018
  •  In everything, give thanks (1 Thess 5:18). Like ... ... the standards: - Wife - Parents - Kids - Family - Employment - Living in America - Health - Wealth - Comfort - All the good things ... the less noticed: - Running water - A hot shower - A roof over my head - Transportation - Feet…
    November 21, 2018
  •  We all know that the Garden of Eden was paradise. No sin. No sadness. No error. Until, of course, that crafty serpent (Gen 3:1) came along. What was it that got us thrown under the bus? It wasn't that the serpent was merely making suggestions. It wasn't that the serpent had some good ideas. It wasn't…
    November 14, 2018
  •  Technically, the term "military drill" refers specifically to the mass marching of soldiers, but we know there is more to it than that. The military has "drills" and "exercises" all the time. They send their troops -- sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines -- through simulated events to practice,…
    November 7, 2018
  • There is a mysterious verse in 1John. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2) The topic is "What we will be has not yet appeared." The conclusion is "We shall…
    October 31, 2018
  •  My wife watched me put together my taco -- cheese, meat, lettuce, onions, sauce, cheese, cheese, cheese. "Isn't that a little too much cheese?" she asked. "I'm not sure there's such a thing," I quipped. But I'm talking now about the gospel. We know what it is, right? Right? I…
    October 24, 2018
  •  I've already written about various ways we can know if we have eternal life, if we are among the saved. It's interesting that they are mostly behavioral. They are almost entirely rooted in what we do (Matt 7:17-20; Luke 8:15; John 15:8). Mind you, what we do doesn't save,…
    October 17, 2018
  •  John tells us his purpose in writing his first epistle. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13) The whole purpose was that you may know that you have eternal life. Note that it was written to specific people. It's…
    October 10, 2018
  •  Assurance of salvation is a good thing. At least, it's a good thing if it's true. We know there are people with assurance of salvation that shouldn't be so sure (Matt 7:21-23). But we also know that Scripture assures us we can know (1 John 5:13). So we look through the pages…
    October 3, 2018
  • What is assurance of salvation? It's not about "eternal security" or anything like it. It is not the same as being saved. It is possible to be saved and not know it or to believe you're saved and not be. Assurance is simply the confidence that you're saved. Can Christians have such assurance?…
    September 26, 2018
  •  I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. That is what defines me as a Christian. I value this relationship, so I pursue it, nurture it, enjoy it, embrace it. I look at the Word of God to learn about the Word made flesh. I seek to obey Him more because He said if I love Him I will obey Him. This is a big part of my…
    September 19, 2018
  •  James wrote, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). Double-minded. It seems to be the standard rather than the exception. I was looking at a display of works by a local artist. On a plaque was a quote from the artist. "I am certain that there is no absolute truth,"…
    September 12, 2018
  •  "She was a Christian, but she was distraught about her daughter's death all those years ago. 'Why would God take my child?' she asked me. I was able to give her comfort. 'It wasn't God's will,' I assured her. 'God never wills that kind of thing.' She felt much better." It…
    September 5, 2018

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