Category: Salvation

James vs. Paul: Salvation by Grace or Works?

James vs. Paul: Salvation by Grace or Works?

Am I saved by faith or good works? “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8 In order to be saved we must believe in Jesus and dedicate our lives to following Him. Salvation is based upon faith alone (Galatians 3:6, 7). But then […]

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The First Christians

Who is the first Christian?

This a fascinating question. Very much like asking, who was the first human, first scientist, first lawyer or first anything, when you think about it. Seriously. For some endeavors or accomplishments, we can develop a precise answer. Thus we know that Yuri Gagarin was the “first person in space,” Neil Armstrong was the “first person to set foot on the […]

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Jesus: The light of the world

You Chose This?

This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19 God in His wisdom created the day and the night. Men go about their work in the daytime and rest during the night. This pattern still holds true in many parts of the world except in […]

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Abstract Art - Salvation (Image by Raheel Shakeel from Pixabay)

Christians Should Desire the Salvation of All People Because God Does

We die once and then enter into judgment (Heb 9:27). In that judgment, Christ will distinguish between sheep and goats, between those who walk the narrow path and those who the wide path, and between the faithful and the faithless. According to Jesus, the first will enter “eternal life,” while the second “will go away into eternal punishment” (Matt 25:46). […]

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Crucifixion, seen from the Cross by James Tissot - Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum, c. 1890. (Brooklyn Museum, 2008)

Sayings of Jesus on the Cross

The Sayings of Jesus on the cross are the seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Traditionally, the brief sayings have been called “words”. Christ Jesus died on the Cross to redeem mankind, to save us from our sins because of his love for us. As recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the […]

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Wow, God Loves Even Me!

Wow, God Loves Even Me!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Understanding this verse is easy when we personalize it: “For God so loved ME that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that IF I believe in him, I shall […]

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Being Desired, Fully Known, and Deeply Loved

Being Desired, Fully Known, and Deeply Loved

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Sol. 7:10 (NIV) And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Luke 20:34-35 (ESV) Lord […]

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Celebrating Christmas without Christ

Celebrating Christmas without Christ

What is Christmas without Jesus? Although Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the world, not everyone has heard the story of Christmas. Of those who have heard it only a small percentage have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. More disturbing is the fact that barely two out of every 10 Christians intentionally share on a regular basis the […]

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The Grand Old Story of Salvation

The Grand Old Story of Salvation

The Grand Old Story of Salvation Lyrics We tell it as we journey t’ward the mansions built above, The grand old story of salvation; We sing it out with gladness, in the melodies of love, The grand old story of salvation. Chorus: Ring it out, ring it out, Ring, to ev’ry tribe and nation, Ring it out, ring it out, […]

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But is He Not God?

But is He Not God?

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14b. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word […]

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