God Has Spoken

?Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.? We sing these simple words to our children. Sometimes simple truths are the most profound. God has spoken. Scripture completely preserves God?s message to us. This message provides our complete, sufficient, and exclusive guide to a right relationship with God in Christ. Faithfully following the Bible, we can know that Jesus saves us. We can know God?s pattern for the church. We can have assurance in a world of uncertainty. God has spoken, and in the message of Scripture we find spiritual power that blesses all who will … Continue reading God Has Spoken

Sin

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Galatians 6:1 (ESV) Paul provides a very realistic and practical statement about sin in the lives of Christians, a balanced approach which deals directly with sin without falling into a destructive self-righteousness. Several important concepts appear in this verse: 1. Sin is a universal danger. Anyone can be caught in transgression, and all need to keep watch on themselves. We should neither be shocked to learn that Christians sin nor complacent … Continue reading Sin

A Sad Philosophy

Libertarianism, the political expression of Objectivist philosophy, is a continued force in American public policy. With prominent media coverage of the Religious Right, Christians should realize there is also an active atheistic faction in today’s Conservative political movement. The Truth Shall Make You Free Ayn Rand, who died in 1982, is best known as an author of philosophical novels, the most important of which, Atlas Shrugged, was published in 1957. Rand’s novels provide the primary statement of Objectivism, an atheistic system that attempts to give direction for human life based on a logical evaluation of reality. Rand calls on each … Continue reading A Sad Philosophy

The Eternal Christ

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) The deity of the Christ is seen in his unchanging nature, for only of God can we say: “… you are the same, and your years have no end” (Psalm 102:27, ESV). Jesus, being fully God, is the object of our worship and adoration. He is central in every aspect of our faith, defining what we believe and determining what we do. Many problems arise when the church fails to honor and serve Christ in all things. Conversely, looking to Jesus, we find guidance for every aspect … Continue reading The Eternal Christ

In Faith We Can Find Victory

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12, ESV) God has called us both to a life of peace and to a life of conflict. This paradox exists because of the difficulties of the sinful world in which we live. In a perfect world, the way God intended the world to be, there would be no conflict; there would be only peace. Such a state of perfect harmony has not existed since Eden … Continue reading In Faith We Can Find Victory

Do Not Add to His Words

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5,6 ESV). God speaks to us through His word, the Bible. In the pages of Scripture we find all we need to be the people God intends for us to be. Because the Bible is true, it provides access into a relationship with God in Christ which blesses every aspect of our lives. When we follow the teachings of Scripture, God’s grace shields us — providing … Continue reading Do Not Add to His Words

Free in Christ

Too many people are looking for a church that pleases them rather than a church that pleases God. When the standard of excellence in the church is “what I like,” there is a horrible tyranny of selfish pursuit. People deceived by this approach think they are being liberated, but they are really being enslaved. Freedom through Obedience True freedom can only come through submission to the will of God. Having a standard for truth beyond our own selves is the only way we can have the freedom to function as we ought. As long as we place our preferences as … Continue reading Free in Christ

The Road Less Traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood,” wrote Robert Frost in his well-loved poem, “And I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Often, in each of our lives, we see points of departure ? decisions which, once taken, make a tremendous difference in the subsequent course of events. What is true of individuals is also true of churches. There are critical points of departure which make all the difference in the world. Choosing a Road In the late 1800s a Liberal spirit washed over American culture, and American religion drank deeply from this spring. … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled

A New Commandment

“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:7,8, ESV). God’s commandment to love is not surprising to Christians. Love is the foundation of the gospel message. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes … Continue reading A New Commandment

Remembering Reagan

The death of President Reagan has been a time of reflection on many fronts. The world has changed tremendously in the quarter century since Reagan assumed office in 1980. The Communist ideology which covered half the world is now little more than a relic of history. The United States itself has greatly changed economically, politically, militarily and culturally. In all of this transition the influence of Ronald Reagan can be seen. Our understanding of President Reagan as a person has also changed dramatically over the years. In 1980 the national perception of Reagan was that of a very likeable man … Continue reading Remembering Reagan