Walk through a shopping mall. Randomly ask people what Jesus can do for their lives. If people are willing to chat, what would they say? For those who know something about Christ, the predominant answer would likely relate to salvation.
To be sure, the good news about Christ crucified centers upon salvation. However if we limit salvation’s impact to being rescued from our sins and becoming God’s people, we will overlook a massive component of God’s work on our behalf.
Continue reading “The impact of salvation: more than just forgiveness”
Sadly, we argue and divide over the proper understanding of grace to the detriment of the Lord’s work. Instead, we should see it from God’s perspective, so we can move past our human frailties. Continue reading “Grace simplified from God’s perspective”
Did I just get this phrase backward? No, I think not.
Today I am digging a white Datura for an elderly lady in our church who admired it from one of my photos. She mentioned that she would love to grow these fragrant plants again. Her yard help accidentally mowed hers down several years ago. She did offer me an iris that she said she didn’t think I had, but I laughed and said, “I have ALL the irises!”
It will be so nice to put a smile on the beautiful face of this sweet lady, and for her to have something that brings back good memories for her. Continue reading “Pay it backward”
Here it is, the middle of April, and my poor little tomato is at risk again. I’m not a gambler by nature, really. I like to play it safe. But the stakes are high when we are talking beefsteaks. Well, beefsteak tomatoes, that is.
A month ago in mid-March it was so mild that my mind went back to the year we had a tomato ripen in April. It would have tasted better the first or second day of May, but we couldn’t resist the feeling of being able to say, “We ate our first tomato in April.”
Do you see what I did there? Maybe another column will deal with boasting, but for today it will be ignored. Continue reading “He’s got you covered!”
God’s plan of salvation is complete in Scripture and we can be assured that we have all we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
When we sin (Romans 3:23), we’re separated from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and we become his enemy (Romans 5:10). There’s nothing we can do to return to God on our own (Romans 3:10-12). Continue reading “Jesus, the blood and the bridge”
The New Testament is very clear on the necessity of baptism in salvation. Yet, no matter how hard we try, people refuse to see the simple words on the page. Instead of digging deep to discover why, we dismiss them with insults and hurt the work of the Lord. Continue reading “Why won’t people accept the truth on baptism?”
If you are a parent, this may sound familiar. After providing some counseling, you launched into a dramatic story to illustrate the consequences of making a bad decision. In Romans, Paul seems to be our parent.
Continue reading “Why you really do want to be free”
Salvation and purpose is an odd title. Yet, failure to distinguish between these ideas entangles them to the detriment of one or the other.
On the play ground, we can easily distinguish between becoming part of a team and what we are to do as team members. However, open the Bible and we might find ourselves blending what is distinctively different. Continue reading “Salvation and purpose”
“And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they murmured against the landowner” (Matthew 20:9-11 NKJV).
“Equal pay for equal work” has become a mantra of the feminist movement in America, but it is by no means new, nor is it limited to any particular nation or region. From my observation, there is no more common pastime worldwide than looking to see what the other person is being paid, unless it is complaining if my salary is not equal or greater. Continue reading “Equality”
How would the church at Corinth have answered the question, “How do you know that you are OK with God?” A little reverse engineering of 1 Corinthians 10 in view of the gospel’s message not only suggests a probable answer, but also provides reason for us to pause and reflect. Continue reading “Just because is not enough”