Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Where Bad Theology Comes From

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared”(1 Tim. 4:1–2). The world is full of bad theology. On television a preacher of prosperity says, “Be healed! Jesus died for your disease on the cross!” On the radio a teacher presents such a distorted view of Calvinism that it would cause the most stable Christian to doubt his or her salvation. In the magazines leading evangelicals are confused about whether justification comes by faith...

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Uncovering the Head and the Heart Issue

Growing in spiritual maturity sets us on a journey with Jesus where our indwelling sin will be exposed, thus revealing our ongoing need to grow in Christlikeness. Part of our growth in the Christian life comes as we read and study God’s Word for direction and discernment. Additionally, as we daily take in the Word of God, we should ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate His Word and to guide us into righteous living. While Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthians approximately two thousand years ago, they still remain authoritative and helpful in the lives of Christians today....

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Enoch Walked With God. Are You?

“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The frequent refrain throughout the genealogy of Genesis 5 is that the story of each person mentioned concludes with these inevitable words “…and he died.” When we come to the life of Enoch, we are met amazingly and unexpectedly with these words instead: “and he was not, for God took him.” How does one overcome sin and death? By a close, ongoing walk with God! Not Merely External Religion Enoch’s story is striking not only for its contrast to the ubiquitous phrase “and he died,”...

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The Great Mystery of Godliness

“He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. “(1 Tim. 3:16) The truth is not as true as it used to be. Sometimes it may even be falsehood. During one White House scandal, a prominent lawyer was asked if his client was telling the truth. “Tell us what the truth is,” the reporter demanded. “The truth is what is in that deposition,” answered the lawyer, “unless we make a deal with the prosecutor and say something else.” In other words, “the...

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When God Changes Your Plans

We women often spend our lives filling up calendars and planning every minute detail. I can relate to this because I am a chronic planner. I love to write things on my calendar and see the days fill up. Then, I go about planning my plans asking myself questions such as: How will I accomplish this? How can Pinterest help me plan better? What will we eat, and what will I wear? I find comfort in this painstaking process because it gives me a sense of control. I know in my heart that it is artificial control, but I...

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