On Faith, Works, the Lordship of Christ, and Assurance

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The relationship between faith and works as it’s described in the Bible is not a very complicated one.  “If you love me you will keep my commandments,” says Jesus.  “If you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live,” says Paul.  “Faith without works is dead,” says James.  Or as John says plainly, “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  At least one major takeaway from all of this is that genuine faith in Jesus Christ – the kind that is required for a person to be brought into right standing with God – is a fruit-bearing faith.  True faith in Jesus bears the fruit of obedience to Jesus.  And so, a kind of faith that does not bear such fruit, is, in the words of James, “dead.”  It is a useless, counterfeit sort of faith that does not save.… Continue reading

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Reprise: You’re Using It Wrong: Ephesians 5:16 & Time

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persistance-of-timeIf you have been around Christian circles for any length of time you have no doubt been admonished at some point “you have to redeem the time” meaning that you need to quit loafing and get busy.  The days are evil, in other words, time is short and life is fleeting, so get to work.  You may have read this, you may have heard this from the pulpit, you may have had someone tell you this in private, you may even have said it to yourself (or someone else).  But I’m sorry to say, if you think Ephesians 5:16 is about industriousness and time management, You’re Using It Wrong!… Continue reading

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Prioritize Love

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Many of us understand the need for spiritual disciplines. Often men or women struggling with sin will acknowledge the need to spend more time reading God’s Word and praying. If I had to guess, I’d say 95% of Christians believe these to be essential spiritual disciplines. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Paul exhorts the congregation to renew their mind, be in a state of learning and imitating Christ because it causes growth while honoring God (worship).… Continue reading

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What Biblical Male Leadership in Marriage is About

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Complementarianism.  Egalitarianism.  Female Preachers.  Patriarchy.  And so on.  If you’re one of those Christians who spends any time on social media, you have probably noticed a good deal of recent discussion between Christians of various stripes about the roles of men and women in the home and in the church, and lots of debate about what certain people have had to say about all of that.  This post is about these things, just to warn you.  To state my intentions up front, my desire in this post is to look at what God has to say about male leadership in the home – in marriage, specifically – in one particular verse of the Bible.… Continue reading

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Prioritize God’s Way

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Navigating life can be difficult and arduous if there is no central guiding compass. Obviously for us, we love the Lord so His will matters. Believers seek to orient their life in such a way to honor our Lord – a proper fear true believers maintain. But this is not always easy either considering the pressures of life – work, kids, spouse, family, church, hobbies, sports, activities, etc. Most of us do the best we can and often adulting equates to being tired and worn out from always going. In the going process we can develop bad attitudes, resentment, and even bitterness regarding our situation in life and how and ask, is there ever a break?… Continue reading

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