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Fear and Trembling

October 18, 2010 // 40 Comments

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling… (Php 2:12) This is a verse that religious-types love to quote. They use it to say that salvation is something we need to work for, that we must [...]

The Fear of the Lord

January 24, 2013 // 28 Comments

What is the fear of the Lord? This is an important question. You need to have a good answer to this question. Why? Because your answer reveals much about your faith and security. It reveals whether you are walking in grace or under condemnation. For instance, if you think God is judging your behavior to see [...]

Seven Ways Religion Damages Hope

March 31, 2016 // 69 Comments

You can learn a lot about hope from watching the movies. When I was a kid I saw The Neverending Story, and for some reason one scene has endured in my memory. It’s the scene where Atreyu is confronted by Gmork, the wolf-like servant of the Nothing. Atreyu asks Gmork why he is helping the Nothing destroy the [...]

Once Shaved, Always Shaved?

February 12, 2013 // 54 Comments

I have a beard so you may find this hard to believe, but I shave every day. Most men do. I understand many women also shave regularly. Perhaps you were shaved at one time, but that doesn’t mean you are shaved now. You have to work to stay shaved. You may profess a belief in shaving but faith without regular [...]

Eternal Security

February 11, 2013 // 31 Comments

Below is a list of every scripture guaranteeing the eternal security of the believer. This list is a work-in-progress. Feel free to submit scriptures we’ve missed. – Old Testament (n = 9) – New Testament (n = 132) Don’t forget to check out the “what about” [...]

The Test of your Gospel

May 8, 2011 // 37 Comments

I once heard a preacher say that “80 to 90% of Christians are unacquainted with the gospel of grace.” I guess this estimate is not far off the mark as evidenced by the large numbers of believers who are still trying to earn what God has freely given them. If you were to ask these people about grace they would [...]


April 30, 2010 // 35 Comments

Who is God and who am I? God is good, but how good is he? Who am I? A son, servant or friend of God? Does God give and take away? How does God deal with my sin? How does the Holy Spirit convict me? What pleases the Lord? What is the fear of the Lord? Is grace a person? What does it mean to be one with the Lord? [...]

The Endurance of the Saints

November 23, 2017 // 16 Comments

Image source There are nearly two dozen New Testament scriptures that speak of enduring or holding fast to the end. The wrong way to read these scriptures is to think, “I must sweat and strive and endure or be disqualified from the kingdom.” If the Christian race is a marathon, it begins at the finish line. [...]

Does 2 Peter 2 Say You Can Lose Your Salvation?

May 11, 2017 // 55 Comments

In this world of anxiety and fear, it is a radical thing to proclaim the eternal security of the believer: One with the Lord, your future is the same as his. No one can snatch you from his hand; nothing can separate you from his love. Yet every time I say things like this, someone will point to 2 Peter 2 as [...]

Which Jesus are you Trusting?

December 12, 2012 // 22 Comments

In our last post we saw that the whole gospel is the gospel of grace. It is “Christ alone.” But which Christ are we talking about? Which Jesus are you trusting in? –    Is it the baby Jesus who appears each Christmas? –    Is it the tolerant teacher who was friendly to sinners? –   [...]

Seven More Signs that You Might Be Living Under Law

November 10, 2010 // 20 Comments

C.S. Lewis said that the safest road to hell is the one without signposts. You might say the same thing about the road that leads back to the law. It’s gradual and unmarked. Can you imagine the Galatians saying, “let’s set aside grace and re-instate circumcision” or “let’s stop trusting Jesus and try [...]