Instruments of peace

When you listen to some people talk you would think that it’s the church’s job to serve them. They treat the church as if it’s a business that’s supposed to provide a service, and if it does not they can point in indignant tones at the church that had apparently failed them.

The problem with this view is not that not only is it unfair (it is), or that it is harsh and judgmental (it is) but because it misses the very essence of what it means to be a Christian. Continue reading “Instruments of peace”

Better for Christ

Without Christ we’re lost in the filth and squalor of sin. Our destinies are doomed without his sacrifice “…for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).

Jesus is the only way to salvation and subsequently heaven (John 14:6). His blood erases our sin so we can be free of the wretched stain (Revelation 7:14).

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A list of gospel lists

Some people like lists, and some like alliteration. In today’s article I offer a little of both. Some are based on a Bible verse, others are topical. As far as I know, they’re all original with me. Some have been used at one time or another in sermons or classes, others wait to take shape. If you use them some way, we’d be interested in hearing about it.

From Psalm 25.4, “Make me understand your ways, O Lord! Teach me your paths!”, these truths: The paths of the Lord are (1) desirable; (2) knowable; (3) attainable. Continue reading “A list of gospel lists”