If faithful versus never fall

by Barry Newton

Who would confuse, “If you practice every day, you will not be cut from the team” with “You will never be cut from the team.” If anyone were to strip away the conditional nature of the former forcing it to be understood as the latter, the motive might be desire.

The impulse to hear what we want is powerful. It can deafen us to the actual message.

Just listen to Jesus’, Paul’s, Peter’s and James’ voices as they frankly inform God’s people, not the lost, that their reception of the reward is conditional upon persistent faithfulness. Continue reading “If faithful versus never fall”

Live Strong

Lance Armstrong can truthfully be described as “a legend in his own time.” He is currently engaged in the Tour de France, a bicycle race that covers a 2,200 mile route throughout France and bordering countries.

The race would be hard if the course was flat, but much of the course goes through the Alps. This is not a race for weekend bikers.

At age 38, Armstrong has been described as a Methuselah in the sport. When you recall his health crisis from 1996, the amazement factor increases. Continue reading “Live Strong”

Taking Both "Be Prepared" And "Saved by Grace" Seriously

by Barry Newton
Repeatedly, I have experienced authors and preachers emphasizing one idea while ignoring another. Either they tend to focus upon Jesus’ insistence that how we live determines if we are prepared for judgment or they gravitate to Paul’s message that we are saved by grace, not works.

Can visiting those in prison make us right with God or can we rely upon grace regardless of our lifestyle ethic? Continue reading “Taking Both "Be Prepared" And "Saved by Grace" Seriously”