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How do we reconcile divine grace and human responsibility in the work of salvation?  

How do we reconcile divine grace and human responsibility in the work of salvation?     Ephesians 2:8 is maybe the best verse for understanding the divine-human dynamic in the work of salvation. Through this text we can assert, by introduction, that these two are reconciled within a particular covenant relationship. Let’s look: “For by grace […]

We’re Not There Yet

Prior to a study trip to Israel in 2014, I understood it was the Promised Land, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” I was not expecting there to be so much desert, so much desolate country, or so many rocks. I’d read the story of the twelve spies coming home with a single cluster […]

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Evangelism and Discipleship: Jesus is Not A Used Car

The great commission is to make disciples, not converts, and so our evangelistic methods should be in keeping with our goal.

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?  

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?   This important question requires more space than we usually dedicate to a Q&A, so we’re taking two pages to address it. The question probes an obvious difference between the Bible’s testaments: the Old is mostly about God’s people, the children of Israel, while Jesus Christ […]

Cheeses and Crackers

In 1959, my family moved thirty miles across Los Angeles. We brought our two cats with us — Cheeses and Crackers. After a few days in our new home, Cheeses disappeared and never returned. But Crackers seemed content with her new surroundings and stayed with us for the next ten years until she passed away […]

Focus on the Faithful – Habakkuk

Habakkuk is a little book written by a little-known prophet. His name might mean “to embrace,” but we aren’t even sure about that. Nor when the obscure book at the back of the Old Testament was written — perhaps during the evil reign of Manasseh, or closer to Babylon’s siege of Jerusalem, from the mid-to-late […]

Faithful Parent Power

What would you do to get help for your child who was sick and near death? In John 4 we read about a royal official whose son was sick and who likely had exhausted his local contacts and resources to heal his son. The man was desperate for help. This royal official was in Capernaum […]

Never Will I Leave You

“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). When I was eight years old, I read Bible verses that explained God’s love, my sin, Jesus’ sacrifice, and my need to repent and accept God’s grace in faith. God spoke to my heart. Although not audibly, He called to me: “Trust Me. Follow Me. […]

Faith of Our Father

by Abrianna Sandy   As Christians, we put our faith in God because we know that He is faithful to us and loves and protects us. God’s faithfulness is what our whole faith is based on, and faith is the foundation of Christianity. Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in […]

Why Character Trumps Competence

Why Character Trumps Competence

In these moments we’re reminded that while some leaders lack competence, everyone has character. The real issue is, what kind of character?