Tag: forgiveness

  • Biblical Principle #105: God Had a Plan Before Creation

    Biblical Principles List Principle Before God created everything, He devised a plan for redeeming humanity. Explanation GOD knows everything, including the future. Before GOD created the heavens and the earth, He foreknew that evil would arise, that creation would rebel against Him, and that a solution would be necessary to save a remnant of people…

  • Biblical Principle #94: God Loves Forgiveness

    Biblical Principles List Principle God loves forgiveness. Explanation Genesis 33 records the first human example of forgiveness in the Bible. Yes, as far as we know, GOD would eventually forgive Adam and Eve of their sin in the Garden, but that would not come right away. And it is true that Laban and Jacob made…

  • Baptism: GOD’s Beautiful Bridge from the Old to the New

    Now that we’ve established how Jesus’ church is the promised second gathering foretold by the Prophets, let’s look at how baptism fits within the context of this series. Hopefully this will deepen your appreciation for how GOD has chosen to use baptism. … Welcome to the 29th post in my series of rethinking Christian eschatology. Because these…

  • Why Do Christians Get Baptized? (What is the point of Christian baptism?)

    Why do Christians get baptized? The short answer is that beliefs regarding baptism vary between those claiming to be Christians and therefore the answer you get will vary. This hasn’t always been the case, but it has become so in recent centuries. The most common reason for “Christian” baptism today is for the baptized individual…

  • How to Fix Racism (3 Things That’ll Change Your Perspective on Race)

    Can we have an honest conversation about race and racial issues? Yes?  Okay, great! I deeply wish “racial issues” would just go away—disappear forever. I’m frankly tired of hearing about racial problems. And I’m by no means alone. Then again, thankfully, I don’t directly suffer from racial attacks either. There is no question that racial…

  • The Joy of Your Child Being Saved (Proud parent moment)

    Yesterday, I had the unsurpassable joy of baptizing my daughter Ashlyn into Jesus. The joy I feel is difficult to describe. When I awoke yesterday morning, I had no idea that it would be one of the best days of my life, all because of two events: Ashlyn is a kind, loving and thoughtful child.…

  • How Can I Know if I’m Saved?

    “How can I know if I am saved?” There is perhaps no more important question. Ultimately, the only opinion that truly matters is GOD’s, for He is our Creator, Sustainer and Judge. So we shall look to Him for answers. Here are three simple, yet weighty questions a person should ask themselves when trying to…

  • If I (Only) Had 5 Minutes With You

    Suppose for a moment that you had a captive audience with any living human on the planet that you didn’t already know. If you had five uninterrupted minutes—but only five minutes—with them where they would listen to anything you had to say, what would you say to them? Here is what I would like to say:…

  • You Have Heard #3 (How we often live out James 5:16)

    This is the 3rd passage in “You Have Heard.” See the first post for an explanation of the series. Therefore confess your sins to hide your sins from each other and pray generic, superficial requests for each other so that you may be healed keep your sins and shortcomings secret. The prayer of an outwardly-righteous person is sounds powerful…

  • On Michael Sam, Popular Opinion and Real Courage

    If I could see what was trending on my personal Twitter timeline over the past 24 hours, I know what would be at the top: Michael Sam. Sam is a former standout football player for the Missouri Tigers who is entering the 2014 NFL Draft and last night announced to the world that he’s gay.…