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Living Free

Often we get caught up in all of the stress and trials of life.  But how often do we get caught up in living free?

Galatians 5:1 says:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our stress, for our trials, for our slavery.  In Christ we have true freedom, let’s get caught up in that!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Devotional, Opinion

 

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Jesus: Savior of the World

I have been studying the Gospels and I wanted to point out something from my study.  The name “Jesus” is actually the Greek word for “Joshua.”  It is no coincidence that this great character from the Old Testament would have the same name as the coming Messiah.  What a great picture that the man who brought the Hebrew into the Promised Land would have the same name as the Savior who will lead the world into the Kingdom for those that believe!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Theology

 

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I AM The Vine

 

John 15:1-8

What does this passage teach about salvation? Discipleship? Eternal Security?

In John 15, Jesus describes how He is the vine. Christ claims that He is the vine, and we are the branches that should produce fruit since we are attached to Him (v. 5). Jesus also claims that the Father is the vinedresser, or gardener (v. 1). Whoever does not bear fruit, the Father cuts off so that the vine will be even more fruitful (v. 2). It is also noted that we cannot do anything apart from God and would be foolish to assume we could do so.[1]

Is Jesus stating that we do not have eternal security? This is the first area that needs to be addressed. Many people use this set of verses to denounce eternal security. However, the passage is not talking about eternal security; it is talking about bearing fruit.[2] Towns believes that this is symbolizing a “taking up” of the believer to become fruitful.[3] Ryrie also agrees that it is symbolizing a gardener taking a branch and pointing it to the sun to encourage growth.[4]

This passage is also a reminder that Christians are marked by their fruit. Christians, true followers of Christ, will always persevere and bear much fruit.[5] Romans 7:4 testifies to this stating that we are dead to the law, but alive in Christ that we might bear the fruit of God. The purpose of a Christian is to bear the fruit of God.

Though not directly mentioned, the passage also speaks to discipleship. Verse 8 shows that by bearing fruit, we show ourselves to be Jesus’ disciples. Discipleship will always have a call to service.[6]


[1] Leon Morris, Jesus Is the Christ : Studies in the Theology of John (Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1989).

[2] Paul S. Karleen, “The Handbook to Bible Study: With a Guide to the Scofield Study System,” (1987).

[3] Elmer L. Towns, The Gospel of John : Believe and Live, Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary Series (Chattanooga, TN.: AMG Publishers, 2002).

[4] Charles Caldwell Ryrie, “Ryrie Study Bible: New International Version,” no. Expanded ed. (1994).

[5] Ted Cabal et al., “The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith,” (2007).

[6] M. S. Mills, “The Life of Christ: A Study Guide to the Gospel Record,” (1999).

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Theology

 

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When Will We Stand Up?

“But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.” (John 7:13, NIV)

As I was doing some study in the book of John, I cam across this verse and thought to myself, it is no different today!  How many times do we step down because of opposition?  How many times do we have the opportunity to stand up for Jesus but do not?

Christ has given us a huge gift that we can never repay.  Yet, we don’t even try to make a payment.  We let the culture influence us.  We let the world dictate how we act.

The time to be bold is now!  We must stand for truth!  We must stand up for Jesus!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Opinion, Theology

 

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How Should We Pray?

““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” (Matthew 6:9–13, NIV)

When Jesus taught the disciples to pray He showed them four distinct areas to pray for:

  1. Glorify God
  2. Material Needs
  3. Forgiveness of Sins
  4. Protection From Satan and His Schemes
  • Do we give enough glory to God when we pray?  Do we focus on Him and His Majesty?
  • Do we focus on our needs?  Or do we wish for everything under the sun?
  • Do we really confess our sins to Him?  Or do we only pray for what we want to pray about?
  • Do we pray for His protection against evil?

The very person we pray to taught us how to pray, should we not follow His example if we want an answer?

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Theology

 

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Can A Christian Vote For A Mormon?

Mitt Romney in 2007 in Washington, DC at the V...

A lot of attention has been given during this campaign to the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon and not an evangelical.  Can/Should Christians vote for a Mormon?  Here are some things to think about.

We have two main choices for President, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  Obama professes to be a Christian, Romney is a practicing Mormon.  Romney supports conservative Christian values such as Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage (Biblical), and is for the freedoms that this nation were founded upon.  He has a plan to make businesses thrive again, a plan to get this country back on its feet.

The President, however, is against Christian values, and has taken on the church with his healthcare bill and in other areas of politics.  He is not a defender of values for this nation.  The state of the economy speaks itself for his business proposals.

It is clear that we need to choose who will be the best leader for this nation.  So yes, you can vote for a Mormon as a Christian.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in News, Opinion

 

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The Fourth Gospel: The Most Jewish of them All

Question: It is often said that John is the Gospel to the world (and Matthew to the Jews, Mark to the Romans, and Luke to the Greeks).  But in 1924, Israel Abrahams said, “To us Jews, the Fourth Gospel is the most Jewish of the four!”  What is in the Gospel of John that would cause a Jewish scholar to say this?  If it is true, why do many people tell new converts to begin by reading John?

It is no surprise that Israel Abrahams would say, “To us Jews, the Fourth Gospel is the most Jewish of the four!”  In fact, I would agree with Abrahams.  The Gospel of John comes with the purpose to show that Christ is indeed the Messiah that was promised to the Jews.

John 4:25-26 states:

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”” (John 4:25–26, NIV)

Very early in the book Jesus has already claimed Himself to be the one that the Jews are looking for.  He establishes His deity through the signs of the book and His challenges with the Pharisees.

John 20:31 says:

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, NIV)

These two examples from the book itself make it clear that John is trying to show the Jews that Jesus is their Messiah and has come to save them.

There have been several other commentaries written to support that John is a great Gospel presentation for the Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Opinion, Theology

 

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