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The Only Love We Can Return to God

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – I John 4:10, 11 Love and Law are necessary counterparts, necessary to each other. God’s […]

Christian, It’s Time to Fight

The Church is glorious precisely because it is militant regarding doctrine. Lose that, and you’re left with Romper Room for adults. Of course, these days, even if you don’t have a clue what Romper Room is, trust me, it’s popular. HT

Billy Graham’s Last–and Dangerous, Damnable–Message to America

Mixed with truth, the devil’s lie is always inviting. This video has great cinematography, excellent production, and a message that leaves everyone feeling good. But it’s not true. It’s not Truth. To tell the world that God loves you is speculation at best. You’re not God, and have no right to tell anyone that God […]

August 26

“Oh, Sweet Lorraine”

A few months ago, a small Illinois community took part in a song writing contest. They were invited to write a song, sing it and upload it to YouTube.  Green Shoe Studios, who sponsored the contest, never expected to receive a song from a 96 year old gentleman whose wife had recently passed away. Fred […]

Genuine Faith

Because the Christian is free from [the power of] sin does not mean that he is free to sin. Because he is exempt from keeping the law as a means of salvation does not mean that he is exempt from keeping the law altogether. Jesus taught that “No man can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24) […]

Love & Compassion Caught on Camera!

Homeless Blessing Bags

Matthew Henry, in commenting on Isaiah 58:7, said, “As sin and sorrow dry the bones and weaken the strongest human constitution; so the duties of kindness and charity strengthen and refresh both body and mind. Those who do justly and love mercy, shall have the comfort, even in this world. Good works will bring the […]

The Basis of True Greatness

even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:28 “Our Lord does not condemn the spirit of ambition, but simply aims to point out the basis of real greatness. He regarded His disciples, in a certain sense, […]

Pastor, Get A Gun

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. – Luke 11:21 Pastor, do you love your family? Of course you do. In the passage above, Jesus compares Satan to a man ‘armed to the teeth’, a strong man. As long as no one attacks him, he’s secure in his […]

The Death of Love

from Timothy Hammons: Jerry Johnson of The Nicene Council, does an excellent job of showing that true-biblical love has slowly died since the beginning of the Romantic age in literature. What has replaced biblical love is romantic love, based upon our base emotions toward a person instead of our covenantal commitment spoken of in Scripture. […]

Love, Hard Work & the Respect of A Father

I’m an agrarian by philosophy (as opposed to industrialism and the myth/lie of the philosophy of progress), and hold in high esteem the agrarian lifestyle – farming. It was God’s first vocational calling for mankind – tilling the soil to grow things. In Genesis 2:5, there was no man to cultivate the ground so after […]

Serving is Better than Ruling

There is no grace which should distinguish the Christian so much as humility. He that would be great in the eyes of Christ, must aim at a totally different mark from that of the Pharisees. His aim must be, not so much to rule as to serve the Church. Well says Baxter, “church greatness consisteth […]

Love. What Do You Do With That?

“Jesus walked with common men, but there was nothing common about His words. He upset judicial systems when He said "Love those that hate you. He upset patterns of religion by declaring that real temples of worship were in the hearts of believers. He refused to discuss laws and rules governing peoples actions but zeroed […]

Theologies to Be Skeptical About

P. Andrew Sandlin: Christian systematic theologies abound today, and the themes around which one may orient any theology are legion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, feminist, dispensationalist, Afro-American, liberation, liturgical, evangelical, Marxist, Asian, Indian, and on and on.   On the basis of Biblical revelation, I thought it might be useful to list 10 traits of […]

God Hates Sinners…and Loves Them

He’s got it right….except for the part where he calls it a scandal. But, it is glorious, and I say Amen!

In Essentials, Unity…Never Mind, Let’s Just Abuse Augustine

In discussions of theological error, there is an often erroneously used statement of Augustine which goes something like this: In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love. I say it is misused because in many cases, there are brethren who use it to assuage many in accepting an attitude towards error that […]

The Grace Boys

by Terry Johnson Oh, we’d love to think that none of the hundreds of warnings, threats, and exhortations applied to us. We’d love to believe that the Apostles never appeal to duty, hard work, sacrifice, and fear. We’d love to think we were beyond rewards and punishments. Yet we aren’t and they do. I know […]

To Be With Christ

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. – Philippians 1:23 The apostle loves Christ, and loves to be with him to glorify him forever, free from sin and from suffering. But he also loves the Philippians and knows that they have […]

The Apple of His Eye

In Psalm 17:8, David prayed to the Lord: Keep me as the apple of your eye. The Hebrew word for apple in this verse means “the little man of the eye; the pupil” (Strongs) In Zechariah we find a declaration of similar language: For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me […]

October 20

The Abuse of Matthew 18:15

In the blogosphere and social media, without question one of the most hurled passages of Scripture in regards to controversy over public behavior or teaching is Matthew 18:15. This passage seems to be abused as often as “Judge not…”. The passage itself reads: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, […]

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