The Markers of Genuine Faith

Last week we discussed the true definition of a Christian. So what is the criteria for knowing that someone is indeed, in the faith? BEHAVIORAL- EVIDENTIAL First, it is behavioral. In Mt. 7, Jesus charges, it is “not the one who says, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but he that does the will of the Father.” In 1…

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Four Warnings – Part 2

A continuation from last week’s blog which outlined two of the ‘four warnings’: 1. Beware: Backsliding Zone Ahead and 2. Take Heed: Practice Fatigues Required. 3. DANGER: FALSE PROPHETS AND FRUITLESS TREE ZONE The same passage urges that we “beware of false prophets … in sheep’s clothing” who are “inwardly … ravenous wolves” (Mt. 7:15).…

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Four Warnings

We will examine two of the warnings this week. Then check back next week to read more. 1. BEWARE: BACKSLIDING ZONE AHEAD Sin unchecked is like a cancer. It grows and develops, and it can claim a soul. Anger can become bitterness and wrath, hate and a murderous spirit, and such people are not saved…

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The Remnant

There are two groups in every church, a third entering the church looking for God, and hopefully a holy fourth. The first group is often as straight as an arrow. They are morally upright. They don’t use bad language, they don’t frequent worldly establishments. They usually live impeccably moral lives. But they exhibit little joy.…

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My Three Sons

Here is the shocking truth – God has no grandchildren. Even if your mother was a saint, and your father a preacher, your grandfather an elder and your grandmother a deacon, you have to come to Christ yourself. God wants to be a father to all of us. This does not mean that there is…

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Real Transformation

Some folks recall some life-bending moment in which God became real to them, a time of difficulty when they became open to faith. “I needed something in my life. I hit a kind of wall and I cried out to God. He heard me and saved me.” Such moments are doorways into transforming faith. But…

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Wrapped in Righteousness

Paul declared, “Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us” (Titus 3:5). We are not saved – by good works. Nothing you do can save you. Our righteousness, our best efforts are like “filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). We have both an overblown sense of our goodness…

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False Certainties

The Sinners’ Prayer – Where Is It In The Bible? How do you know you are a Christian? Listening to a television pastor as he came to the end of his broadcast, he leaned into the camera and said, “Now, if you are listening to this program and you are not a Christian, pray this…

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