A New Beginning

(A repost of my blog from Jan. 2012) 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - A new year is often viewed as a new beginning, and we can think of ourselves as having a new...

Praise God for His redemption!

Ephesians 1:3-10;  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and...

C.l.u.G.t.: Eternal Life or Eternal Damnation

Come let us Grow together is an ongoing series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding in things pertaining to God.   Not every one...

Christians are "partakers of the divine nature"

I love the theme of 2 Peter, it teaches how the grace of God in Christ transforms and empowers Christians to live righteously.  This short book packs a lot of wisdom and knowledge in this final reminder written while he was in prison in Rome before...

Merry Christmas

(A repost of my blog from Dec. 2011) With the approach of Christmas we will probably be hearing from Christians who like to tell us that it's displeasing to God for us to celebrate Christmas for one reason or another. These people may have good...

C.l.u.G.t.: Doctrine is essential to Salvation

Come let us Grow together is an ongoing series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding in things pertaining to God. Be not...

Hobby Lobby Letter (please repost)

Link: hobbylobby.com [The following is a public letter presented by the Hobby Lobby Stores company. It is public domain and can be freely re-posted, in fact, Hobby Lobby have requested that it be re-posted. It was forwarded to me by one...

Being insulted is a blessing

We who are Christians are attacked and insulted all the time for our beliefs.  But did you know that it's actually a blessing?  Read 1 Peter 5:12-19 to get the insight :) on this wonderful blessing. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial...

The Person of Christ

            Waking up to our existence has us as humans led to the common error of either rejecting the spiritual nature of our existence or the physical nature of our existence.  Talking with unbelievers and I have ran into a lot of skeptics who...

The Moral Disintegration of Human Society

I've been sitting here studying Romans 1:18:32 in my ESV Study Bible, in which this passage is titled "God's Wrath on Unrighteousness.  My goodness, but it's a lot to take in!  In my footnotes it says that "God's wrath is righteously revealed because...

Conclusion

By giving the clear contrast between sectarianism and its alternative, my hope is that sincere ones have been helped to understand the true personality of God and his Son (John 17:3); to be able to assess issues where controversy could be...

Poems to Inspire 16

SYNCHRONY OF SPIRIT   There’s a synchrony of spirit that we feel that whispers to us that our caring is real, for it dwells in the very depths of our being, conflating celestially with the All-seeing, who so inspirits his sons and...

Same-sex marriage is allowed in Washington State

The state up above me, Washington, has now enacted 2 new laws, same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana.  I can imagine the troubles the Oregon law enforcement agencies might have about Oregonians going up north to smoke pot and coming back...

The Covenant of Grace

            When we first begin to look at the Covenant of Grace that we are in as Christians, one of the easily overlooked facts is that the nature of the grace that we are in as Christians comes in the form of a covenant.  It can be very easy to...

A 'Song About Jesus' by Crystal Aikin

This song gets me every time, but in a good way. It reminds me that Jesus died for me, that He cares and that my life is more than what meets the eye. It keeps me strong in times of doubt. If you believe, have ever believed, are curious. Listen. Love...

Some Further Thoughts 36

SPECIAL EMPHASIS: MIRACULOUS REVELATION Some claim a gift of interpreting DREAMS, and many will say: ‘What is wrong with that? Didn’t God use dreams to communicate in the Bible?’ On the latter, Yes; but for the thousands of years covered only...

The Plan of Salvation

            God knows all things past, present, and future; moreover, God is presently in all things past, present, and future and so when speaking about the plan of salvation it is important for us to remember that God is not troubleshooting His way...

Hindu and Egyptian Creation myths before Moses

One of the reasons why Hindu and Egyptian creation accounts predate the Mosaic record is that there was a creation and when Adam and Eve had their children they told their children about what had happened to them in the Garden.  Over the centuries and...

The Harm of Religion

I am an atheist. I've been an atheist since my late teens, or for about five or six years. I would like to think that I am an objective person. In fact, I think that is one of the qualities helpful, if not required, to be an atheist. One of the last...

Some Further Thoughts 35

What system of government did the Israelites who approached Samuel consider inferior to monarchy? A system of local elders who functioned as advisors, officials and judges (Deuteronomy 16:18, Judges 11:4-5). They were the representatives that met to...

Poems to Inspire 15

BEYOND   There is a space beyond the sees, a virtual no-man’s-land, virgin soil for the taking, but strangely few dare on its soil to tread, to mount the heights to its limpid air. There believers will dwell in amity...

Free Agency

            The debate between Free Will or Predestination as controlling the cause of the salvation of the Christian has been a hotly debated topic for many years.  Unfortunately, the reason why the debate has become so fierce is because it...

Some Further Thoughts 34

The SECOND ASPECT of the alternative perspective on God’s name and holiness is his concern for the welfare and happiness of his servants, for this is the primary means by which his beneficent rule will be appreciated and universal praise redound to...

Sin

            Sin is one of those things that we can easily recognize it when it happens, especially when we are the ones being offended.  Finding a definition for sin is somewhat of a more difficult process.  From our own free will we have all made the...