Author: James Williams

The Reformation: A Return to Scripture

How can believers follow a God who’s invisible? How do we know what He is like, what He desires, and what He requires of us? We can only know about Him since He has revealed Himself to us, but where or how has He done so? This was a major debate during the Reformation and continues to be so in our time. Today, we finish a three-part series on the Reformation. In the first post, we saw the importance of learning from history. Then, in the second post, we saw that the Reformation was a rediscovery of the biblical...

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The Reformation: A Return to the Biblical Gospel

How can sinners enter the presence of a Holy God and hope to live eternally with Him? How good must we be to be “good enough” for heaven? These questions were at the heart of the Reformation, and they are still the most important questions for every human being to answer. We are currently in a three-part series about the Reformation focusing on the question, “Why should we still care 500 years later?” In the last post, we saw that we should care because it’s important to learn from history, and there is a lot we can learn from...

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Who Cares About the Reformation?

This year, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was simply attempting to begin a discussion about the abuses and false teaching happening in the Church. Little did he know, this would spark a movement that changed the Church and Western civilization. Someone might ask the question, “What relevance does the Reformation have for today?” They might also ask, “Why should we learn about what happened?” After all, it was 500 years ago, and “How does...

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The Fish and the Grace of God

It was all his fault, and he knew it. Jonah pleaded with the sailors to throw him over. He could see the fear in their eyes as the waves continued to pound against the ship. These sailors were seasoned professionals and had seen storms before, but never anything like this. This was something different, something supernatural. They realized that whatever deity controls the wind and the waves was upset with somebody on that ship, so they cast lots to find out who it was. The lot fell on Jonah. The Almighty who guides the shooting stars also guides every...

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