About Brett Smith

Brett Smith is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing his M.Div. at The Master's Seminary. A native of Chicago, Brett serves on the Events staff at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

The Reality of Eternal Punishment (Part 2)

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untitledThis post will be the second post examining what has become a very controversial topic among many Christians, and that is the duration of time those in Hell will spend. Will time in hell of the unrighteous be eternal or limited? The increasingly popular view called Conditionalism is the belief that humans are not kept alive forever in unending torment, but that there is an end to the existence of the unrighteous. Traditionalism is, you guessed it, more traditional, and is the view that the majority of Christians have held throughout history, that souls live forever, the righteous to everlasting life and the unrighteous to everlasting torture in Hell.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Restoration and Repentance (Reprise)

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Picture 1It is never easy or fun to deal with personal sin. Being honest about one’s true condition at heart is scary, because the depth and pervasiveness of sin runs so deep. Instead of turning to God and His remedy, we are prone to seek solutions via superficial means.

We often view stimulants as the jolt to shake us out of our spiritual doldrums. Some look for a new hobby. Stamps used to be the annoying thing they licked and stuck on an envelope. Now they are the most valuable resource on the planet, and they can’t spend enough time tracing them down.… Continue reading

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The Reality of Eternal Punishment

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untitledThe Scripture does not take a moderate stance on hell. The Bible clearly teaches that all those who reject the grace and mercy of God in this life will ultimately face judgment in hell and be cast into the lake of fire (Mark 9:42-48; Matthew 5:20-30; 24-25; Luke 16:19-31; Paul in 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Hebrews 10:27-31; James 4:12; 5:1-5; 2 Pet. 2:4-17; Jude 13-23; and John in Rev. 21:8; 22:15.). The Lord Jesus Himself stands out as hell’s chief spokesman (Luke 16:19–31). While many Christians agree that hell awaits those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior, many disagree over the nature of the punishment that is to come.… Continue reading

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Grace-Energized Submission

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Ring in MarriageSubmission is the divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and to help him carry it through according to her own giftedness. Submission is a praiseworthy reminder of our great God, and the drama of redemption. Submission is found in the trinity, as Jesus submits to the Father in purchasing our salvation.  Submission in its original purpose, not corrupted by man’s sinfulness and distortions, is a glorious display of the gospel.  Last post helped to clear up misconceptions about submission, so this one will try and more clearly define the biblical stance on the wife’s role to submit to her own husband. … Continue reading

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Misconceptions about Submission

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Ring in MarriageSubmission in marriage is one of the most misunderstood and controversial areas in Scripture today.

The word “submission” is not only controversial, it is considered by many today as a repulsive word. The idea of a wife submitting to her husband is considered by many to be a horrible and offensive sounding scenario. Some today advocate that wives being called to submit to their husbands is from ancient paradigms that believed women to be inferior, and thus should be controlled. Now that IS a terrible, offensive scenario, and no one disagrees with that.

What then is the biblical definition of submission as pertaining to wives?… Continue reading

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