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Does God use correction fluid?

December 8, 2010 // 50 Comments

Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? If so, are you worried that Jesus may blot out your name? It seems that many Christians are. They are afraid that they might do something that will cause Jesus to blot out their names from his Book of Life. It’s like Jesus is sitting in heaven with a pen in one [...]

6 Books for Christmas (2010)

December 4, 2010 // 4 Comments

Christmas is the season for giving and that means books! Last night, as a special treat, I got to spend about two hours in Borders. I bought a book for myself and a book to give away. I also read about ten other books but that’s what the armchairs are for right? An Irish poet once said, “books are the [...]

Malcolm Smith on the Love of God

December 1, 2010 // 11 Comments

Have you ever wondered what Acts 10:44 means when it says, “the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word”? The Greek word, which is here translated, fell on, means to embrace fervently. To say the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard, is to say that He passionately embraced them. Do you know what [...]

Does God Kill Babies?

November 29, 2010 // 51 Comments

“And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill… Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died.” (2 Sam 12:15,18) Now there’s a troubling verse! Does God really kill babies? Some would say “Yes,” because God is on the throne and nothing [...]

“The Lost Secret of the New Covenant” by Malcolm Smith

November 23, 2010 // 28 Comments

About 40 years ago, Malcolm Smith was invited to speak at a church in Oregon. He preached about a God who is irritated and annoyed with lukewarm believers. At the end of his message, he called for people to rededicate their lives to Christ. And that was the last time Smith ever mixed grace with works. The next [...]

Beware the dogs of law

November 18, 2010 // 34 Comments

Have you ever noticed how Paul often warned the first-century Christians about the dangers of the law and those who preach it? In just about every letter there’s a warning: Watch out for those who put obstacles in your way contrary to what you have been taught (Rms 16:17). See that no one takes you captive [...]

“None but Jesus!” Spurgeon on Grace

November 15, 2010 // 2 Comments

I’ve been reading a book about Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon was saved at 15 and started preaching when he was 19 years old. By the time he died, at age 57, he had preached 3,600 sermons to around 10 million people and was England’s most popular preacher. Spurgeon [...]

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 [...]

“Grace Walk” by Steve McVey

November 9, 2010 // 10 Comments

Christians are often surprised to learn that they have been mixing law with grace. People have said to me, “I’m not trying to keep the 10 commandments, so why do you say I’m living under law?” I doubt there are many believers who are trying to live by the 10 commandments. Yet the choices many make show [...]

Seven signs you might be living under law

November 6, 2010 // 84 Comments

This week I finally got to see the movie, The Book of Eli. If you like stories where a lone man stands up to the wicked while trying to distribute the word of God in a post-apocalyptic world, this is the movie for you. Just don’t show it at your youth group. It is extremely violent. Still, it made me think [...]

Romans 2:13 – Justified by the Law?

November 3, 2010 // 74 Comments

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” (Rms 2:13, NIV) What?! Anyone acquainted with Paul’s gospel of grace will do a double-take right there! Is Paul really preaching righteousness through the law? [...]