But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:00

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 4

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Do you believe Jesus was/is God and Man?

Let’s continue with our study in 1 John. We left off last time introducing the purpose for the apostle John writing 1 John. As he did in the gospel of John, he emphasizes the deity of Jesus. He spends much of his time in 1 John pointing out the fact that Christians not only have the privilege of being...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:29

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 3

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Even though we kind of jumped into the middle of 1 John, I think it’s best to start over, don’t you? We’re missing things from the first section of 1 John that are relevant to what John says later in this short epistle.

Like the gospel account also written by John, this epistle we call 1 John emphasizes the deity of Jesus. It...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 08:53

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 5

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 John 15 can really be summed up in three words: Abide, love, and testify. In John 15, Jesus speaks of the fact that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Branches cannot survive when they are removed from the source of their nourishment – the vine itself.

Clearly, Jesus is referencing Israel here because as Constable and other...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:30

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 4

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For me, trying to understand my relationship with God in Christ has always been difficult. I think it’s because mentally, I’ve consistently overshot it. By that I simply mean that I have tended to think about it in unrealistic terms, which has always left me frustrated.

It’s when I pull back and start to think in terms of a...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:09

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 3

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In Genesis 20, Abraham told Sarah to lie about their relationship. He actually wanted her to deny that they were husband and wife. She obeyed and was promptly taken to Pharaoh’s harem. Abraham was concerned about the Egyptians killing him if they knew that he and Sarah were married. This is a perfect example of a husband denying tha...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 17:54

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 2

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I didn’t mean to start another series while I was in the midst of my series on 1 John. I’ll get back to it very soon. I promise. In the meantime, I wanted to get another article in on the Christian’s ability to deny Jesus as introduced in part 1. We determined in that first part that yes, true Christians can, in fact, deny...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:49

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 1

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The short answer is unfortunate: absolutely. Please read on.

The tragic truth is that Christians are quite capable of being moved in fear to deny Jesus. But you are probably thinking of a situation where a Christian stands before “accusers” or just prior to being beheaded or persecuted to death in some other way and like Peter,...

Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:57

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 2

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I almost think that maybe I should start at the beginning of 1 John and go from there because there is quite a bit involved in this short epistle. We’ll see how things go.

The thing I am constantly aware of is the connection between what John teaches in 1 John and the truth of the Prodigal Son parable that Jesus taught in Luke 15. I used to...

Friday, 08 January 2016 17:10

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 1

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I’ve been wanting to write on this subject for a while because when you read through 1 John, it can almost appear as though John contradicts himself. First, he’ll state that Christians can and will sin, then he’ll say that Christians don’t sin. I’ll highlight chapter and verse shortly.

First, is it possible that there...

Friday, 08 January 2016 13:44

Jesus’ Life was Not Easy By Any Stretch

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Tsk, tsk, according to the religious leaders, you can’t “pick” food to eat on the Sabbath…

I want to consider just a few examples from the life of Jesus because in these examples, my hope is that we will see how He lived and how He responded to the circumstances that life presented. Too many times, He was diametrically...

 Not long ago, I wrote an article called, “All is Vanity Because All is Utter Futility.” You may wish to read that one before you read and digest this one because they are somewhat connected.

This morning, I watched a video of a live performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1975 where they performed one of their classic hits, “Free...

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:11

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 20

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 I’m thinking this might be the last article in this series officially, though of course, I’m quite certain I’ll continue to write on the subject of fellowship in the future. In our last article in this series, Part 19, we quoted numerous times from Jack Kelley’s writings (Grace Thru Faith). He also believes that salvation...

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:35

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 19

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Fellowship with God is something that all Christians must strive to enter into and maintain. Without it, we die spiritually and we are in danger of falling away. We won’t lose our salvation because that is eternal, forever, guaranteed. But we can do irreparable damage to our own life and our relationship with others. If we fall away and...

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 06:59

Is Perfect Peace Attainable and What Does It Mean?

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You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. (NET)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV)

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. (NASB)

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 14:59

Speaking of the Groaning Creation…Part 2

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The subject of GMO foods is one I stayed away from for a long time. Quite honestly, I thought the whole hysteria about GMO was a bit of a tempest in a teapot. After all, I reasoned, we’ve been playing around with mixing genes for a long time – that’s why we have hybrid plants and 184 different breeds of dogs in the American...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:46

Speaking of the Groaning Creation…Part 1

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If you read my most recent article – “A Groaning Creation Continues to Groan” – you noticed that I spelled out the fact that the reason the Creation groans is all humanity’s fault. Paul points out this terrible truth throughout his epistle to the Romans. Humanity – via Adam and Eve – invited sin into the...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:24

A Groaning Creation Continues to Groan

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This boy developed cancer and needed to be put down to spare him from further pain and a lingering death by asphyxiation.

In Romans 8:22, Paul makes the following statement:

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

It isn’t difficult for us to see this once we take the time to focus on...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 09:39

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 18

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The Law cannot provide righteousness of any kind…

I came across these words by the late Jack Kelley (Grace Thru Faith) that are apropos to our study in both Christ, Our Righteousness and Christ, Our Fellowship. He was responding to the question put to him – How do you understand the relationship between the law and grace?

Simply...

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 07:57

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 17

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Moses enjoyed true fellowship with God

Are you “getting it”? I bet you are because if you’ve been reading this series or started with the last one called, Christ, Our Righteousness, it’s not really that difficult to come to the understanding that while gaining salvation is extremely important, it’s the...

Sunday, 03 January 2016 12:09

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 16

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Only one leper returned to worship and thank Jesus for the healing he received.

Our last post was used to enforce the idea that being in good physical health goes a long way in being in good spiritual health. In other words, our actual health can affect the clarity of our thinking. Many illnesses often promote fatigue and even depression,...

Sunday, 03 January 2016 09:16

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 15

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Being physically healthy can go a long way in keeping us in balance so that the spiritual areas of our lives also benefit.

Last time, we introduced the concept that just as people often find that the way they feel impacts their relationships with people, so can the way we feel impact our relationship with God. When we experience illnesses/diseases...

Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:05

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 12

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Being “in the moment” requires the Christian to accept graciously the things that God sends our way. When we accept those things, we become “one” with God in purpose. We also enter into fellowship with Him. One of the best ways – in my opinion – to accomplish this is to learn the art of praising&n...

Saturday, 26 December 2015 08:28

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 11

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We talked last time about the process of submitting ourselves to God’s will or being “in the moment” that we have defined as being in harmony with God’s will for our lives. We used the example of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26 and Luke 22) and noted that it was an extreme example, yet one in which Jesus...

Saturday, 26 December 2015 07:53

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 10

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Can we truly appreciate the agony Jesus experienced here? I can’t…

Since I began the series on Christ, Our Righteousness, which has been followed by this series, Christ, Our Fellowship, I’ve highlighted what I believe are several things that are “musts” for every Christian. We must understand our new standing in...

Friday, 25 December 2015 08:54

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 9

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It’s in our future but God’s eternal present…

Living in the moment…

Actors always talk about being “in the moment.” Whether they are before the camera (or on stage), they endeavor to be the character they are portraying at the time they deliver their lines as though it was the very first...