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How Do I Know If I Am In Love?
(Part 2)

The third thought on my mind… (Note: If this is your first eGrace, you should realize at this point that you need to visit the lifetime.org eGrace archives and get caught up.) Someone said that love is blind. I think he was right, and this assessment is both bad and good. I do not look Continue Reading…

How Do I Know If I Am In Love? (Part 1)

How do you know when you are in love? As you have probably figured out by now, there is no such thing as a love formula, nothing to tell you absolutely that you are in love or you are not. So while I cannot answer the question directly—and no one can by the way—I can Continue Reading…

The Origin of Sin
(Part 5)

The way in which followers of Jesus Christ desire to position themselves with God is the same posture Jesus adopted toward God. Time after time Jesus pointed His disciples and listeners to God’s reign over all things. He was quick to point out that He did not do anything apart from His Father in Heaven. Continue Reading…

The Origin of Sin
(Part 4)

It is really difficult to appreciate the Good News unless we fully comprehend the magnitude of the bad news concerning us and our relationship to God. Bad news doesn’t sell well, so I suppose it seems easier and more likely to generate positive response to talk about nice news: forgiveness and heaven. After all, who Continue Reading…

The Origin of Sin
(Part 3)

Through the amazing transformation of salvation, God takes us out of Adam’s lineage, re-births us in Christ, declares that He is our Father and that Jesus is our Brother, endues us with a new capacity and desire to communicate with Him, and blesses us—not only with a new identity as His children—but as joint heirs Continue Reading…

The Origin of Sin
(Part 2)

As far as God is concerned, Adam was the first man and from this man all men trace their lineage and heritage. This is critical. In fact, because of the dire stakes of this point, the blood line of mankind through Adam is often attacked as being a fable or myth. It is my conviction Continue Reading…

The Origin of Sin
(Part 1)

Where did sin come from? How did it infect the human race so thoroughly? Can it be fixed? And, while we are on the subject, what in the world do Adam and Eve have to do with anything? From God’s perspective… and let me pause here a moment. I am learning—as in, currently and repeatedly, Continue Reading…

Falling (away) from Grace
(Part 6)

What is truly amazing is that the life of grace actively engaged thrills and fulfills the heart of God. Considering the scope of the Scriptures, as hard as it is to understand and rationally accept, God desires an intimate friendship with us. As a matter of fact, He wants this so deeply that in Christ Continue Reading…

Falling (away) from Grace
(Part 5)

Many of our spiritual guides and mentors teach and espouse that the life of the Spirit is wrapped up in understanding more and more about repentance, the end times, hell, healings, gifts, etc. when in reality these are the elementary things of the Word. To repeat the writer of Hebrews 5:11-14), this approach to spirituality Continue Reading…

Falling (away) from Grace
(Part 4)

The man dedicated to living by the rudimentary basics, according to the writer of Hebrews (5:11-6:8), is akin to a person trying to mature to adulthood by drinking only milk. They have the option of knowing God and fellowshipping with Him in the profound depth of God and Father only to opt for trying to Continue Reading…