We are able to experience salvation only because God has called us to it. God has done the work and therefore we cannot earn salvation, but only receive it. The Bible is unmistakable in its teaching that in order for man to be saved, he must be called by God. Throughout the entire New Testament, the apostle Paul (Rom 8:29-30; 1 Cor 1:2, 24; Col 3:15; 1 Th 2:12; 2 Tim 1:9), Peter (1 Pet 1:15, 5:10; 2 Pet 1:3, 1:10), Jude (Jude 1), John (Rev 17:14; John 10:3), and the writer of Hebrews (Heb 3:1; 9:15) label the saints as “the called.” There is a group of people–believers in Christ, God’s elect–who have been called, and are justified, and will be glorified.… Continue reading
Thank you for stopping by, today I introduce you to Preston Sprinkle.
In his recent article he said something really helpful and challenging,
“If believing in the doctrines of grace doesn’t move you to love people different than you, then you don’t really believe in the doctrines of grace. You endorse them. Sign off on them. Nod your head when you’re reading Calvin’s Institutes. But until we love the unlovable, cherished the marginalized, and delight in those who offend us, we fail to imitate the one who died for His enemies.”
I invite you to turn to his blog today and get the full context and article.… Continue reading
I wish I had a dollar every time someone told me about the dangers of Las Vegas and why they could not raise a family here. I habitually hear, “Oh, ministry in Sin City? Well, just like Corinth they need the Gospel too.” It seems many Christians think Las Vegas the most dangerous place in the world. After all, this IS Sin City! Right? (Or at least that is how we market our city to you). 
Is Las Vegas the most dangerous place to anyone? Let’s face it, everyone knows the Strip has drugs, gambling, free drinks, and prostitution (even though it is technically illegal in Clark County (LV)).… Continue reading
**Time for a little theology. Put those biblically-minded thinking caps on. Here we go!**
Let’s talk about God, shall we?
The Bible teaches that God is both near and far. Put it another way, God is knowable and unknowable. Some believe God is only close and knowable, such as Shintoism, and pantheism, while others see God as only far and unknowable, such as Muslims, Judaism, Christian theism, and Hinduism. However, the understanding of God throughout Scripture is that the unknowable God is knowable (cf. Acts 17:22-31).
The doctrinal formation of God’s knowability and unknowability is divine immanence and divine transcendence. These are not attributes of God, like goodness, love, or wrath; rather immanence and trans-cendence should be regarded as indicators of how God is present and active within creation, but superior to and independent of anything that He has created.… Continue reading
When I was about 6 ½ years old I saw bigfoot, I was sure of it. I was convinced of his existence, I had learned all about him when my older brother had taken me to the movies and instead of watching a cartoon that had been pre-approved by my parents we settled in to watch a movie about Sasquatches. And on top of that Leonard Nimoy had made it clear that Bigfoot was real in multiple episodes of “In Search Of”, and if he played Mr. Spock so convincingly, he had to be smart enough to know what he was talking about.… Continue reading