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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Is it Time for a Check-up?

The Corinthian Church was spiritual – how could they not be Christians? Tongues and the prophetic were prevalent. And yet, sadly, fornication was also present (II Cor. 12:21), along with revelry (I Cor. 10:7) and insubordination (I Cor. 1:10; 3:3; 11:18). There seemed to be a complete lack of discipline. Corinth had a party spirit,…

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