Tag: grace

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 11 (Do I Have to Be Baptized?)

    Is it necessary for a person to be baptized in order to be saved? What about the thief on the cross? He wasn’t baptized and was saved. Welcome to part 11 of my biblical baptism series. In this post, we’ll tackle these important questions. The posts in this series build on each other. If you need…

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 10 (How Faith, Grace and Works Fit Together)

    How do faith, grace and works fit together? Sometimes the Scriptures can seem like faith and grace are opposed to works. In other words, sometimes it may seem that GOD is saying that good deeds don’t matter, that we are saved entirely based on our faith in His grace, without regard to how we live.…

  • Articles on Salvation

    My favorite subject in all the world is the gospel of Jesus—how He loves you and me and how He paid our debt to GOD by offering Himself in our place to die. I love people. I don’t want anyone to experience hell. In America today, many people are hurting and we’re all watching a…

  • What the Early Christians Believed About Salvation

    I’ve previously written several articles on this site about salvation. It’s the subject I’m most passionate about because it’s the single most important topic “under the sun.” As Jesus so perfectly taught, what does it profit us if we gain the entire world and lose our soul? I don’t want any soul to be lost.…

  • How to Balance Reverence and Friendship in Your Relationship with GOD

    In recent posts, I’ve been discussing the importance of confession in our relationships with GOD and fellow Christians. When discussing our relationship with GOD, one of the aspects that I think doesn’t get discussed enough is the balance between reverential respect and close friendship. I can absolutely see why it may be difficult for us…

  • Jesus Came to Transform Us

    In the previous post, we observed that Jesus came for the purpose of saving us. But that isn’t the only reason Jesus came to earth. In this post, we consider the truth that Jesus came for the purpose of transforming us. When GOD created us, He intended for us to be with Him—to share life…

  • Christian Standards aren’t Defined By Culture

    Too often, “Christians” today like the idea of being Jesus’ disciple, yet we want to live just like everyone else around us. Thing is, this problem isn’t new. If you’ve never heard, then I have news for you: GOD doesn’t play that game! Never has. GOD’s not fooled by a person’s professing to be a Christian—which…

  • December 22 – GOD’s Will for You

    Reading 2 Pet. 1:1-3:18 Devotional Today’s reading is the second letter of Peter. As mentioned yesterday, this letter was written to all Christians living at the time and its focus was to: 1.) refute the false teaching which had arisen and thereby remind the Christians what their responsibility and mission for life was, and 2.)…

  • December 18 – The Kindness of GOD

    Reading Titus 1:1-3:15 Devotional During his post-house arrest travels, Paul left Titus on the island of Crete for the purpose of correcting problems within the church there and appointing elders in every town. Titus has been a long-time partner with Paul in the kingdom. There is a lot of similarity between Paul’s instructions to Timothy…

  • December 14 – Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

    Reading Col. 1:1-4:18 Philemon 1-25 Devotional During the two years that Paul is under house arrest in Rome, he writes four letters which are sometimes called The Prison Epistles (the word “epistle” means a letter). Today we read Paul’s letter to the Colossians and to Philemon. Paul had not visited the city of Colosse, but…