Total Depravity & the Christian Life

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About a year and a half ago, I decided to take the plunge and begin preaching my way through the book of Romans.  The journey through the book so far has benefited my faith in many ways – not the least of those ways being the constant reminder of what a colossal privilege it is for a corrupt, rebellious, totally depraved sinner like me to be a Christian.

Early on in Romans, the reader of Romans is overwhelmed (in a good way!) with the truth of human depravity.  You don’t even get three chapters into the letter before you are required to square with the truth of your sinfulness. … Continue reading

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What’s more dangerous than Las Vegas?

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UnknownI 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). [1] 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

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How Dead Is Dead?

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All philosophies and religions stand or fall by their view of sin. If the disease is not properly diagnosed, there will never be a cure. Our view of sin as Christians and the extent of its devastating effects upon man will subsequently affect our view of man’s salvation.  So what does the Bible proclaim about man’s sin and his ability to come to God? Should man really feel good about himself in light of who God is?  Is man even in need of rescuing from sin?  Let’s delve into a few misconceptions about total depravity and then end with a few important implications.… Continue reading

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How to Overcome Sin (pt. 2)

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(Again I want to remind the readers that this blogpost is for those who are truly Christians. If you are not a Christian, your first course of action is to repent from your life of sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ first. Here is a link to help you understand the importance of this act of faith.)

Two weeks ago I began a series on how a Christian can overcome sin. Yes, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1), but just because we are free from the penalty of sin does not mean we are completely free from its power and influence.… Continue reading

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How to Overcome Sin

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(Before I begin, let me start with a footnote. This blogpost is for those who are truly Christians. If you are not a Christian, these truths still apply to you, but you need to repent from your life of sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ first. Here is a link to help you understand the importance of this act of faith.)

In the book of 1 John, the Apostle John is making a case for showing the difference between what a true Christian is and what is not. A true Christian obeys God, loves God’s truth, and loves God’s people.… Continue reading

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