Archive for the ‘Salvation’ category


February 24, 2013

The other day, after reading in the Scriptures, I began reading a magazine article on inventors and scientists. It was steeped in evolutionary thought. How disgusting, I thought. What a let down.

It’s to be expected, of course. But where’s their grounding in reality?

Turn on the radio and listen to the idiotic music and its shallow, self-centered subject matter. How grounded in reality is that?

What about TV? Video gaming? Or just listen to the everyday conversation around you. Is any of it grounded in reality?

When I read God’s Word, I know I’m going to be faced with what’s real. And I’m faced with Who is real.

Hebrews 4:12-13 says…

12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.


One on One

April 15, 2012

Do you believe Christ rose from the dead to save you from your sins? How many others to you know who believe on Him for salvation?

How many millions don’t believe?

Bibles are easily had in America. We’re awash in Christian radio and music. Ministries put forth their content all over the Internet, Twitter, etc. It’s there for anybody who wants it.

But what’s still the best way to reach others with the Gospel? One on one.

And, by the way, actions still speak louder than words. That should make you and me do our best to live righteously.

Don’t give up reaching out to neighbors, family, friends, etc.

Pulling Out the Props

February 19, 2012

Many people say they live by the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) or the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). They’re supposedly the props a decent person leans on. I’ve even heard it said that those passages are all the Bible you need.

But who can keep the Ten Commandments? And who really lives by the Sermon on the Mount?

Really? All of it?

It’s in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus takes two of those Ten Commandments–murder and adultery–and shows how seriously God takes both our thought life and the words we speak.

To keep the Ten Commandments or the Sermon on the Mount would require you and me to be perfectly sinless. Who of us is that way? Don’t kid yourself about it.

Both the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount show us where God puts the bar. The Commandments were given to Old Testament Israel. The Sermon on the Mount is the set of rules for the coming kingdom when Christ rules on the earth during the Millennium. These are standards no one can reach without His help.

Did you know that two elements for living the Christian life are missing from both of these key Scripture passages? Do you know what they are? The clue is in my statement above regarding our inability to live up to these high standards without God’s help.

I’m sure somebody will quote the tired old saying that God helps those who help themselves. The idea is that, if you set out to live righteously, He’ll help you.

If that’s the case, then why did Jesus tell Nicodemus in John 3 that he needed to be born again? It’s because that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit (John 3:6)>

To be born again, a person must believe the Gospel, which is described in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. You must believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as the only means of salvation.

Look at the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount in the passages cited above. Can you find the Gospel in either one?

What about the empowerment for living the Christian life? It’s found in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who alone enables us to live righteously.

Paul commands believers in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit, rather than wine or alcohol, which takes over a person’s mind and influences actions. The Holy Spirit is what should be guiding our mind and actions instead.

Now look again at the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Where is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit mentioned?

The point is, neither the Gospel nor the Holy Spirit are mentioned in these passages–the same ones some say are all the Bible you need. It’s impossible to have even the remotest chance of meeting God’s standards without being born again and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

If you’re depending on getting through life and getting to heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, the props have been pulled out from under you. They were never good props in the first place.

Does that mean believers in Christ shouldn’t live by these two key Scripture passages? The answer is simply this. We seek to follow what’s taught from those passages which is repeated in the letters by Paul and others to believers.

We’re in the Church Age now. Whatever was written to the churches early on should be our guide for today. In those Scriptures you’ll find both the Gospel and teachings about the life-giving empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Those are our real props.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

December 18, 2011

Allow me today to draw your attention to a post on the blog of The Last Robin. It’s entitled Mary Had a Little Lamb. Its poignant message may not be what you’d expect.

Thoughts on the Lamb of God

October 23, 2011

The Lamb of God is the theme of the fourth quarter 2011 issue of “Moments for You.” I encourage you to take time to read the articles in this issue by clicking on the link below.

Shitty’s Story

May 8, 2011

There’s a remarkable story I read a few weeks ago from Kent Nerburn’s The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows.

The young man’s real name is Marvin. He got drunk and was arrested for taking part in a bank robbery, if I recall correctly. His dad Orv confessed to the crime and went to jail for eight years instead of Marvin.

Why did he do it? He’d been through the brutalities of boarding school, which were indeed unspeakably awful for Indians. He knew jail wouldn’t diminish him. He didn’t want his son to go to jail because he’d come out a different and worse person.

Orv and his friends believed the courts didn’t care who went to jail for the crime. They just wanted another Indian.

When Nerburn asked why Marvin was called Shitty, someone said if your dad had gone to jail for you, wouldn’t that be kind of shitty?

What a sacrifice for Orv to make! The obvious parallel is Christ on the cross taking our punishment for us. To be frank, we’re all shitty sinners.

But who of us would be willing to go to jail for several years in the place of a son or other family member?

Romans 5:6-10–For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

The Tracks of Tracts

January 30, 2011

Are Christian tracts irrelevant in this age of Smart Phones and Twitter? Take a look at the most recent issue of “Moments for You” and draw your own conclusions.

Click here to view “Moments for You” on Tract Evangelism.