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How Do I Know the Will of God? (Part 1)

A friend recently asked how to know when you have heard from God. I don’t recall ever being asked this question—and I’ve been asked about it a great deal—but that the anxiety virtually dripped off the words. Many of us believe God’s will is a narrow, obscure thing, and that if we miss it, life Continue Reading…

The Hard Sell

I read The Da Vinci Code and enjoyed it as a fairly good read, but knew there would be many questions related to faith that would arise. This is a good thing overall. While there will be those folks—as many as half a million by Barna’s calculations—who will make major adjustments to their belief system Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 7)

Many people run aground upon the scary words from Hebrews 6:6, "have fallen away," assuming they refer to them because of the many failures dotting their daily lives. Well-meaning teachers and theologians have intoned that the danger of falling so far away from God that you can’t be found—even by Him—is directly linked to poor Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 6)

The reasons sited for losing your salvation, falling from grace, and incurring the condemnation and ill favor of God are largely weighted to poor performance. While performance is a big deal to God, the larger and more profound problem is that as an unbeliever you are separated from God because of your lineage in Adam. Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 5)

God is all about life! As a matter of fact, Jesus described Himself as life, and not just any life, but "the life" (Jn. 14:6). We are saved by Christ’s life (Rm. 5:10) and revealed to God through Jesus’ life (Col. 3:4). If we are participants in the life of Christ as His followers and Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 4)

Yeeeooowww! I feel terrible about what I did. Is there anyway God can forgive me? Blasphemy occurs when you deny the saving intervention of Christ in your life for all eternity, not when you make a poor—even a very poor—choice and sin. As a Christ-follower, you have not denied Jesus for all eternity by rejecting Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 3)

If it is not possible for a follower of Jesus to fall out of God’s good grace, how come there is such turmoil and tumult in my life when I sin against God? We are filled with emotional angst attempting to behave right—perform as you ought to—and thus achieve the feeling that we have returned Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 2)

Is it possible for a Believer to behave so poorly that God writes him off as a lost cause, a person who offended Him so badly that He has no more mercy? When the most egregious of sins is contemplated, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mt. 12:31) ranks number one and is the unforgivable sin. Continue Reading…

How Secure is Your Salvation?
(Part 1)

Perhaps no other issue creates heated disagreement like a discussion of security of salvation. In other words, once a person is transformed by the work of Jesus on the cross, is there anything that can occur to undo this transformation? In religious wording, once you are saved by the grace of God, can you lose Continue Reading…

Courageous Living (Part 5): Service

A courageous man serves from a heart in tune with his Father’s heart. The life of Christ will only become meaningful as you demonstrate it by allowing Him to live His life through you. We are all imitators and we are all leaders. Accept this fact. We already know the importance of having trusted men Continue Reading…