Does God Scourge Us? 7 Reasons to say “No!”

June 18, 2013 // 70 Comments

Much of what we believe about discipline in the church is informed by the old covenant. For instance, if you think God’s discipline entails punishment in any shape or form, you’re living in the past. You haven’t seen the cross (Is 53:5). Think about it. If the cross was the once and final solution for sin [...]

Is the Christian Race a Marathon?

May 30, 2013 // 25 Comments

In the Bible, Christianity is sometimes compared to a race. But what kind of race is it? Is the Christian race like the marathon, something to be endured rather than enjoyed? And is it true that only those who endure to the end qualify for the kingdom? You might think so to read verses like these… Heb 3:6 We [...]

Endure to the End and be Saved

May 14, 2013 // 68 Comments

Is the Christian eternally secure or does he need to take steps to ensure he doesn’t fall away? This is the Big Question we have been asking in our series on eternal security. So far we have looked at scriptures that seem to connect our salvation with our perfect and sustained obedience. Soon I will look at [...]

What About Hell? 10 Things To Know

April 23, 2013 // 188 Comments

A few people have asked for my views on hell. I have never written on hell before. Like the weather on Uranus, hell is not a subject I think much about. I’m unlikely to come up to you at a party and say, “Hey, what about hell?” Hell is just not on my radar. But I appreciate that hell has become something of [...]

Standing Secure on God’s Promises

February 19, 2013 // 78 Comments

Ever broken a promise, not kept your word, or been late for an engagement? Of course you have. Now you know why many Christians are worried sick that they may fail God. After all, isn’t the Bible full of exhortations to hold fast, continue, and endure to the end? It is – but not so that we might get something [...]

Once Shaved, Always Shaved?

February 12, 2013 // 55 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 [...]

Why Do People Still Die?

February 7, 2013 // 37 Comments

Death is sin’s wage, so if sin has been dealt with at the cross, why do people still die? Good question! I’ve seen sick people healed by the grace of God. I’ve seen deaf ears and blind eyes opened. But everyone still dies. Why is that? If Christ’s sacrifice undid Adam’s sin, why do people still die? If [...]

Shipwrecked Faith

January 30, 2013 // 57 Comments

“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have [...]

What is 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 [...]

Does God Envy?

January 9, 2013 // 29 Comments

A misunderstood God leads to a misguided faith. If you think God is insecure and constantly assessing you on your performance, you will be insecure yourself. You will be forever wondering whether you have done enough to please him. Some time ago I wrote that God loves us unconditionally, that contrary to what [...]

Is God Sovereign?

January 4, 2013 // 263 Comments

A friend of mine lost several million dollars in a bad investment. He is well into his seventies and this was his retirement money, so this is a big blow. How did he lose it? Well, here’s my theory: He took some bad financial advice from a dodgy analyst and put his money where he shouldn’t have. But my friend [...]

Where was God in the Connecticut School Shooting?

December 18, 2012 // 33 Comments

Yet another school shooting has resulted in the loss of innocent lives in America and now questions are being asked: Where was God? Why didn’t God stop this? Why didn’t God protect the lives of those 20 children? For a grieving parent, these are normal questions. When you have suffered the greatest loss any [...]