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Labor to Enter His Rest (Hebrews 4:11)

December 18, 2014 // 62 Comments

The other day a strange man approached a young girl and offered her candy if she would get in his car. Thankfully, the girl knew all about stranger danger and quickly walked to a shop where she was safe. I know you’ve heard this sort of story before but this was different for us because it happened on the [...]

Keep Plowing or Die! (Luke 9:62)

November 20, 2014 // 38 Comments

Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62) Is Jesus calling you to a life of unswerving service? Is he saying, “You’re here to work and work hard”? Well if he is, then he’s contradicting what he says here: Come to me, all you [...]

Is it Wrong to Ask God for Forgiveness?

November 13, 2014 // 110 Comments

“Beware the grace Pharisees who jump on you if you dare to ask God for forgiveness. They will say you’re operating in unbelief and legalism.” This claim is sometimes made against those who preach grace. Because we say God has forgiven all your sins, apparently it’s wrong to ask him to forgive you. [...]

Herod’s Death and the Wrath of God

November 6, 2014 // 123 Comments

The Old Testament writers record a brutal history of divine wrath that came to an abrupt end at the cross. Before the cross, wrath was poured out on… – a world hell-bent on violence and self-destruction (Gen 6:13) – Sodom and Gomorrah on account of their “grievous sin” (Gen 18:20) – the [...]

What Pleases the Lord?

October 22, 2014 // 50 Comments

Scripture exhorts us to “find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph 5:10). Do you know what pleases the Lord? You do! You are his dearly-loved child and your heavenly Father is thrilled to bits with you. You need to know this otherwise you will spend your life trying to earn what you already have. You’ll fall [...]

Myth 2: Hyper-Grace Preachers are Against Confession

September 4, 2014 // 72 Comments

“Hyper-grace preachers say it’s wrong to confess sins. They say confession is a form of unbelief.” Actually, every hyper-grace preacher believes in the power of confession. We say things like, “confession is good for you,” and “confession is healthy.” But what is confession? Like the word [...]

How Do We Live at Peace in a Hostile World?

August 28, 2014 // 66 Comments

Our world is marred by violence, greed, and all the fruits of sin. What this world desperately needs is a revelation of Jesus and his peaceable kingdom. But how do we live at peace in a world of hostile Herods and Pharisees? Jesus said, “When you go someplace to reveal the good news of heaven, let your peace [...]

Myth 1: Hyper-Grace Preachers are Against Repentance

August 20, 2014 // 53 Comments

“Hyper-grace preachers say there’s no need for repentance. They dismiss repentance as unbelief.” Actually, hyper-grace preachers are for repentance, not against it. We say things like “repentance is essential” and “repentance is to be our lifestyle.” We are for repentance, for without it no one can [...]

What If I Deny Jesus? (2 Timothy 2:11–13)

July 23, 2014 // 60 Comments

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Tim. 2:11–13) This is a trustworthy saying that comes in two parts [...]

5 Signs of Nose-Punching Preachers

June 10, 2014 // 67 Comments

A recent article in Charisma News warns about the dangers of ear-tickling preachers and their deceptive message. An ear-tickler is someone who tells you what you want to hear. In contrast, a nose-puncher is one who tells you what he wants you to hear, and typically does so with all the fervor of an Old Testament [...]

1 John 1:9 – Ask the Right Question

June 3, 2014 // 85 Comments

In many grace books it is common to find some discussion on 1 John 1:9. This verse is special because it is the only verse in the new covenant that appears to link confession of sins with God’s forgiveness. If this verse was in the old covenant it would be no great thing, but because it’s in the new it stands [...]